Cruising with efficiency
With the summer Sun beating down, the beginning of May was probably the last opportunity for me to do a quick run to the mountains and get some respite from the heat. What also helped the matter was the fact that the summer holiday crowd had not descended on to the hills and made them as crowded as our city centers. To make the most of this opportunity I filled up the Tucson – with fuel and my belongings – and headed towards Bhimtal for a quiet weekend.
The Tucson, of course, was in its element on the highway. Its superb ride comfort and the 400Nm of torque from the 2-litre diesel engine make getting to cruising speed an effortless task. However, the brakes of the Tucson still seem to be on the softer side, especially when driven at length in the steep hills, where pedals have a tendency to go a tad soft. I think some of this can be attributed to the tyres, which lack a bit of grip and probably make the task of the brakes a bit more difficult. What does surprise me though is the fuel efficiency of the Tucson – the MID display indicated a fuel efficiency of about 13.5km/l for my trip, which is rather impressive for a car of its size. That means that this month’s overall fuel efficiency has gone up a bit. With fuel prices surpassing all records in India, that’s something I’m certainly not complaining about.