2019 Hyundai Tucson Review | Asian Car Guide
July 8, 2020

2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

2019 Hyundai Tucson

Behind the wheel of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson, which has received several awards, foremost questions were, “is it better? And if so, how it car improved?’ Spending time with the top of range Highlander I can say that the car is clearly, simply better.

Externally it looks more muscular and buffed, and while retaining the signature Tucson look, a new front-end brings it in-line with the brand’s latest SUV styling language, with large “Cascading” grille, new headlights, LED daytime running lights and bright, beautiful 5-lens full LED headlights. Rear tail-lights are LED upgraded. A new shark-fin antenna and chiselled lines give further character.

Size-wise the car has grown ever so slightly, 4,475mm to now 4,480mm.  Height, width and overall wheel base remain the same.

A major redesign sees many tech upgrades throughout, now available in four variants: Go, ActiveX, Elite and Highlander.

On paper, the 2019 Tucson Highlander may seem to have retained the previous, 1,591cc turbocharged powertrain producing maximum power of 130 kW at 5,500rpm and 265 Nm at 1,500rpm of torque but combined with its new in-house manufactured, fast shifting 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission, the car is 0.2second quicker from 0 to 100km/h – according to Hyundai due to friction reducing technologies and new software to make the most of its 7-speed DCT gearbox.

The 2019 updated Tucson has more good safety features, like six airbags (front, side, and curtain coverage), and our test Highlander came fully loaded. Officially known as Hyundai SmartSense it includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, driver attention warning and surround view parking camera system. I feel these features will be especially useful for people who may be lacking experience or confidence.

If you love a spacious boot, the Tucson will not disappoint. Official 488-litres of boot space expands to almost 1,503 litres with rear seats folded!

The powered tailgate takes away “heavy lifting” some SUV tailgates require – open and close with the touch of a button.

You have heard of the BMW feature to open the boot by simply kicking the space below? Well, the Smart Tailgate feature takes convenience up another notch. Stand while holding the key fob more than 5 seconds in the boot area – tail-lights blink and the tail-gate opens on its own! So convenient!

The dash comes partially wrapped with stitched leather, adding a touch of class to the interior by minimising the amount of visible plastic. Overall, the interior looks and feels tasteful.

I love Qi wireless smartphone charging – a joy to charge my phone just placing it on the charging pad area.

I enjoyed controlling my iPhone through CarPlay and using Siri to read and compose messages or launch CarPlay apps like Sportify. It has plenty of other standard equipment; digital radio, Bluetooth and premium Infinity eight-speaker sound system.

The Drive mode select button chooses between 3 drive modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport. Normal pickup is good and gearshift from the 7-speed DCT is smooth.

This SUV is nice to drive in Normal mode, but in Sports it gains a huge dose of power. The car rides well and is comfortable enough to absorb most bumps and firm enough not to cause too much body roll when cornering, also with a good turning radius despite its huge size.

Steering is accurate and tracks well.

If you are feeling green and want to be more environmentally-friendly, ‘Eco’ goes into fuel-sipping mode. To conserve fuel, the car will manage and regulate air-con power, but may feel a little sluggish as revs will be limited.

In ‘Sports’, steering becomes tighter and a little heavier. Gears are held longer for optimal power and torque.

Official claimed combined return is 7.7-litres per 100km. Of course, this is without going into Sports mode.

The facelifted Tucson offers good value in terms of total package, looking good, driving well and filled with lots of useful tech upgrades. Anyone considering a compact SUV should definitely test out the Tucson.

Five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Maintenance requirements are determined by the drivetrain – choosing petrol turbo you are in for maintenance every 12 months or 10,000 km, or non-turbo petrol and turbo-diesel servicing every 12 months or 15,000 km.

There’s variance across pricing for the first five years of maintenance. 2.0-litre petrol average cost is $301 over 60 months/75,000 km; 1.6-litre turbo petrol works out at $317 per visit (for 60 months/50,000 km); and diesel averages $486 per visit over 60 months/75,000 km.

2019 Tucson: Pricing

Engine Transmission Go ActiveX Elite Highlander
2.0 GDi 2WD 6 speed manual $28,150 $31,350
6 speed automatic $30,650 $33,850 $37,850
1.6 T-GDI AWD 7 speed DCT $40,850 $46,500
2.0 CRDi AWD 8 speed automatic $35,950 $39,150 $43,150 $48,800


Option Pricing Go Active X Elite Highlander
Premium paint $595 $595 $595 $595
Beige interior $295 $295 $295
SmartSense ™ pack (automatic only) $2,200 $2,200

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price, excluding dealer delivery and on road costs.