Unfortunately despite my best efforts to avoid the inevitable, my much-loved Tucson now has been returned to Hyundai. I've tried virtually every trick in the book to prolong its stay, but this time, the Hyundai India officials have drawn a clear line, and as we speak, the Tucson has finally been pried from my hands. There is good reason why I enjoyed my time with the Tucson so much. One of the main reasons for that was its size - which was perfect for someone who travels alone more than 90% of the time - which makes the Tucson easy to park even in crowded areas.
My favourite thing though was the lovely power and torque delivery from the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which with its readily available 400Nm of torque made picking up pace a breeze. Add to this the responsive 6-speed automatic transmission and well-tuned ride and the Tucson was the perfect machine for me as a daily driver. In fact, even the fuel efficiency levels hovered around the 11.5km/l in urban driving, which was fantastic. Having driven it for well over 20,000kms over past year or so, and that too without any issues in the car barring the regular servicing, living with the Tucson was absolutely fantastic. And for an SUV that had clocked well over 40,000kms by now, not having a single rattle or squeak, just shows how good the product is. Goodbye Tucson, it was good to know you.
When it came: January 2018
Current Odo reading: 40,810kms
Mileage this month: 2,500kms
Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l
What’s good: Amazing everyday SUV
What’s not: Having to return it...
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