Hyundai Tucson 1.6

T-GDI Premium SE

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YOU would struggle name a single extra to add to the spec of the Hyundai Tucson SE Premium.

As the name implies, it's the car that has the lot, from LED headlights to panoramic glass sunroof, heated steering wheel an blind spot motoring, nothing has been forgotten.

It's part of the Tucson's mantra effectively - to be one of the easiest to drive and most complete SUVs on the family market.

Granted it may not reward the keenest of drivers, but for the vast majority of owners who want to travel in comfort with a minimum of fuss and a maximum amount of comfort, it fits the bill perfectly.

Sure, the 1.6 T-GDI Premium SE is top of the Tucson tree, but at a shade over £32k it's more affordable than many rivals. Power comes from a 1.6litre turbo petrol engine pushing out a healthy 177bhp - enough to boast a 126mph max and a sub-nine second dash to 62mph.

Economy isn't, however, its most spectacular achievement, with a 34.9mpg average and emissions of 173g/km. Expect better results from the soon-to-be-released replacement model with a wider engine choice.

Get behind the wheel of the Tucson and you'll immediately feel comfortable - large enveloping front seats, a clear and well laid out fascia and an air of quality beyond its price point. Plenty of space for four or even five with wide opening doors and easy access.

The boot, however, has a high platform so lifting in heavy items can be an effort. Space is about par for the course with a capacity of about 500 litres.

The cabin is flush with cubbies, bottle holders and places to swallow up the family clutter. The load area also has bag hooks - useful for that weekly shop.

On the road, it delivers a smooth, untroubled passage with decent body control, limited cornering roll and an ability to smooth out all but the worst surfaces. Steering is somewhat lifeless, but that has become the norm in SUVs.

The petrol four cylinder engine is more muted than the diesel version and yet still delivers reasonable punch with 62mph coming up in under 9 seconds.

Mid range clout isn't quite as robust as the 2.0litre diesel, but it's ample for most and is fine for towing a boat or a small caravan.

No shortage of goodies and luxuries on board the version tested including autonomous emergency braking, electric front seats, LED headlights, electric tailgate, eight inch sat nav and touchscreen, parking sensors and dark tinted rear windows.

The manual gear change isn't the slickest but the six ratios are well chosen and the clutch is light enough.

Push the Tucson hard and you'll find difficulty in topping 35mpg, but go gently on the loud pedal and most owners will have little trouble in approaching the 40mpg mark.

Most buyers go for the cheaper two wheel drive option, but for those who want extra traction in muddy weather there's an all-wheel-drive option available.

FAST FACTS

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI Premium SE

Price: £32,350

Mechanical: 1.6litre, 177bhp, 4 cyl petrol engine driving 4 wheels via manual 6 speed gearbox

Max Speed: 126mph

0-62mph: 8.9sec

Combined MPG: 34.9

Insurance Group: 26

C02 emissions: 173g/km

Bik rating: 37%

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