Hyundai Tucson 4X4 Review - Hyundai Reviews South Africa
Be sure to think about what you'll want to do with your Tucson before you buy. Even Hyundai itself says that the 2WD versions should not be taken on off-road terrain. However, going for a two-wheel drive model does at least give you the style (if not the ability) of a 4x4 at a lower price.
The choice is yours, but we reckon it makes little sense to buy something like a Tucson with no off-road ability. The result is that you limit to your choice to just the diesel engine, as the petrol alternative comes only in a 2WD model.
Aside from (albeit only slightly) better economy, the other benefit is that you get better trim levels; and, given how well equipped these are, it makes most sense to go with the cheapest 4WD diesel model, which comes in Style trim, with climate control, alloys and all-round electric windows.
Pro's and Con's
Pro: The Tucson provides decent off-road ability thanks to its smart-thinking four-wheel-drive system and elevated ground clearance. It is also attractively priced with plenty of standard equipment and a versatile cabin.
Con: The engines are gruff when worked hard, the ride is harsh and the steering is short of feel. High levels of wind noise are also noticeable and too many of the plastics are low-rent.