Hyundai Tucson has definitely made a huge splash in 2019. There is a major styling boost inside and out, a revised powertrain lineup and a very impressive tech upgrade. Hyundai has been working hard on full-on revamp and remodel of their crossover lineup and Tucson is undoubtedly one of the most successful overhauls. Tucson’s safety scores are up there with the best of them and the 2019 crossover has gotten much praise for its reliability ratings. Though, we have found a few drawbacks that for some of you can definitely be a deal-breaker. Now, let’s talk about the good, the bad and the new.
- Stylish attractive exterior
- Outstanding interior design
- Solid reliability ratings
- Roomy vehicle
- Highly satisfactory safety scores
- Solid value for money
- High-quality cabin materials
- Intelligent intuitive tech
- Insufficient cargo space
- Unexciting acceleration
- Off-roading abilities are subpar
- Better rival options at the same price point
- Fuel economy nothing to write home about
Hyundai Tucson Overview
Generally, experts, as well as customers, seem to agree that this year’s Tucson is a solid small SUV choice. Just by taking a quick look you can already see that Hyundai has invested in some expensive changes: there’s the fresh new face of the 2019 Tucson, the new 2.4-liter engine and a great new cabin. Furthermore, this particular crossover hits all of the important marks and scores high points for the driving experience, ride comfort, obvious all-round quality and has exemplary safety scores.
Tucson is available in 6 different trims, and even the base SE level is of great value for money. Overall, there’s something for everyone, an edgy Sport trim, the mid-level SEL and the upscale Limited and Ultimate Tucson Models. Though, our favorite is the awesome Value trim, a solid small SUV choice with a price point of 26 200 for the AWD option.
The 2019 Tucson looks great, it is definitely a stylish modern crossover. The new grille is sharp and edgy, with four slats instead of three and a trapezoid shape that really pops in the sea of cars. The new Tucson also showcases renewed more angular design of the headlights complemented by the LED running lights and in the back you can clearly see that taillight revamp. Absolutely new alloy-wheel designs and current appealing color shades bring it all together.
The cabin also looks leek and comfy, it is apparent that the interior was extensively redesigned, even more so than the exterior. Hyundai’s team went all-in not only revamping the design but upping the ante with a noticeable boost of the tech and quality of materials. The first thing you will notice is that everything is strategically placed and within reach, all of the control buttons are clearly marked. The cabin is roomy, with just enough head and legroom. Proper seating offers great visibility. Hyundai has done an admirable job insulating the cabin and the passengers will feel at ease even at highway speeds.
This year Hyundai has dumped the 1.6 liter V4 from the lineup, so your choices this year are the 2.0 V4 capable of generating 164 hp standard for the two base models. All of the other trim models have the 2.4 inline-4 with 181 hp that replaces the 1.6-liter turbo-four with 175 hp. All of the engines are connected to six-speed automatic. FWD is a standard with the option of the AWD for all trims. The combined fuel economy is 26 MPG, with 30 on the highway and 23 inside the city lines.
It is a pretty satisfying standard lineup that includes all of the necessities like the Bluetooth, USB Port, Cruise Control and Smartphone Interface. As well as the Hands-Free Phone and Remote Keyless Entry. There’s also Hyundai’s voice control system MP3 Player and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard on all trims. Options include the great Hyundai’s full SmartSense.
The 2019 Tucson is of great value for the money. The base model starts at MSRP of 23 200 USD, the Value trim that we strongly recommend would cost you about a few thousand more and the luxury Ultimate AWD starts at 33 100.
Tucson is a two-row five-seater. These are definitely not the most comfortable seats on the market, though they come pretty close. The vehicle offers decent seating comfort for five adults. All trims come standard with cloth upholstery that could be boosted to leather. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors. The upper luxury trim comes with ventilated and heated front row seats and the ones in the back offer just the heating option.
It is easy to control the temperature with the strong airflow throughout the cabin, you can leave it set on Auto or adjust to your liking.
The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is user-friendly and highly intuitive with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Storage and Space
There’s definitely plenty of room, shelves, and pockets to store personal items. As for the available cargo space – it is unimpressive: there’s 31 cubic feet of cargo space available, which is just below average.
Generally, the Tucson offers a comfortable ride, the cabin is spacious, even the base level trim offers good tech and safety features, climate control works well, the infotainment is user-friendly, there’s minimal noise and the ride feels smooth even on the broken pavement.
The two front seats are comfortable, supportive and are designed for any body type. Furthermore, optional ventilation or heating adds a lot to the comfort level. Seats in the back do not offer the front-row kind of comfort, though they are also well-made.
Overall, a comfortable ride, you won’t feel like the crossover isn’t handling the road well around the city or on highways.
Ride feels easy and smooth even on the broken pavement; Tucson is able to absorb most of the asphalt bumps and cracks. Plus, you are in for a very quiet ride, the cabin insulation is spot on.
Safety & Reliability
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave 2019 Tucson 5 out of 5.
Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?
Yes, and we recommend you take a good look at the value for money choice, meaning – the Value trim.
How Much Does it cost?
23 200 USD – 32 950 USD