The latest-generation Hyundai Tucson has made a real leap forward in both design and technology, as demonstrated by the full hybrid variant of the ANSA Motori test. A version that does not need a power socket or a column to power its electrical component.
On an aesthetic level, we find the stylistic features introduced with the new model, so that the large grille with the headlights embedded inside stands out at the front, while the square-cut wheel arches emerge on the side, with the rear one boasting a sort of bulge capable of extending to the front door. There is also a cut in the third window that helps to give further dynamism to the whole. On the rear, the headlights with an original design joined by an upper element catch the eye. In addition, the spoiler on the tailgate extends to the side area of the rear window.
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Despite its compact proportions, with a length of 4.50 meters, a width of 1.87 and a height of 1.65 meters, the Hyundai Tucson full hybrid offers adequate interior space for 5 people, and also offers rear seats adjustable in inclination, as well as a trunk of 677 liters that go to 1795 liters with the second row of seats reclined.
The cabin has a design that wraps around the driver, as the door panels appear as an extension of the dashboard. There is also a certain care of the materials with different soft touch surfaces. The digital instrumentation with a 10.25" screen is in step with the times, while another screen dedicated to infotainment is located in the central part of the dashboard, although not perfectly in line with the instrument panel. However, managing the many available voices is easy, due to the speed with which it receives the indications. The climate controls with a small dedicated display, on the other hand, are even lower, and are used separately. In the initial part of the central tunnel, then, there is the floor for inductive charging of the smartphone, while the gear lever has been replaced by practical buttons.
In the dynamic phase, the system power of 230 hp and a torque of 265 Nm offered by the power unit consisting of a 1 hp 6.180 turbo combustion engine, coupled to the electric compartment, makes itself felt, because the real automatic gearbox allows you to exploit them whenever necessary. Thus, performance is always at your fingertips, as demonstrated by the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds flat, and the prompt and immediate recovery.
If you want, you can use the gearbox in manual mode with the paddles behind the steering wheel, for a more involved drive. The soft set-up, and the steering that is more progressive than rapid, however, mainly encourage you to look for fluidity of travel, and to take advantage of the electric power supply as much as possible, to reduce consumption, which is around 18 km/l on average.
On extra-urban journeys we have also reached 25 km/l, consumption that decreases significantly on the motorway. In the city we reached 15 km with one liter.
The driver's prerogative of aids has been taken care of, with everything you need to have second-level autonomous driving, and a camera system that frames the blind spot of the rear-view mirrors by reproducing the images on the instrument panel: a practical solution that particularly increases safety on the motorway.
In terms of prices, the Hyundai Tucson full hybrid with 1.5 kWh battery starts at just over 35,000 euros with the X Tech 2WD variant, and reaches almost 42,000 euros with the Excellence and N Line versions also equipped with all-wheel drive.
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