THE Tucson is Hyundai's offering in the fiercely contested family crossover class - with the recent introduction of a mild hybrid diesel engine and a sporty trim designed to add to its appeal.
The N Line specification, previously the preserve of the i30 model, is introduced to the SUV line up with the Tucson the first to benefit from more motorsport-influenced details inside and out.
So you get leather and suede figure-hugging sports seats with contrast red stitching that are snazzy, as well as a red-accented N Line-badged gear shift and multi-function steering wheel.
The exterior boasts a bold and athletic appearance thanks to a large honeycomb mesh grille with a smoked metallic surround and flowing aerodynamic lines - plus tweaks to the front and rear bumpers that leave you in no doubt this Tucson means business.
It sits on eye-catching 19-inch alloys with other kit thrown in including a decent touchscreen infotainment system, auto hold function on the parking brake, hill descent assistance, lane keeping controls and wireless phone charging.
Power is provided by a 48-volt set up which operates in cahoots with a 1.6-diesel engine linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. It makes for a fuel efficient operation achieving around 50mpg on the new WLTP test regime while emissions are 113g/km.
The electrical system uses energy recouped from braking to aid and abet the oil burner when accelerating so cutting the amount of effort and thus diesel required. It also makes for a more efficient stop/start performance again reducing fuel usage.
The power combo allows the front-wheel drive Tucson to be reasonably rapid away from the lights and it feels quicker than the official 11.2 seconds it takes to reach 62mph from a standing start on its way to a top speed of 112mph.
The mild hybrid version is 75kg heavier than the normal diesel model due to the battery stored under the boot floor.
But the towing capacity is unchanged at 1.6 tonnes and the Tucson can still handle the same amount of luggage and shopping with load space ranging from 513 litres to 1,503 litres with the rear seats folded giving plenty of room for your golf gear.
The cabin is a roomy affair with lots of space up front while two adults are easily accommodated in the back.
A third can also fit in although he or she may be asked to get a taxi as the drop-down centre armrest with handy cup holders must return to its other role as a seat back to cater for the middle passenger.
There are lots of cubby holes for a family's nik-naks including a covered storage box between the driver and front seat passenger as well as a glovebox and door bins with accommodation for even more cups.
The driving experience is good with the supple suspension smoothing out the many rough spots on our roads while refinement is assured through decent soundproofing which repels unwanted wind, road and engine noise.
Cruising on the motorway is thus a relaxing affair while decent levels of grip and well controlled body roll give confidence when taking on country lanes.