Should You Buy a Car like Hyundai Tucson in the UAE?

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Hyundai Tucson is one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs in the UAE and is a highly-sought after vehicle among used cars for sale in Dubai, UAE. It was first revealed by the South Korean automaker in 2004. The crossover is currently in its 3rd generation and the latest Hyundai Tucson was inaugurated in the UAE by Juma Al Majid in September 2015. Its availability in multiple trim levels has played a pivotal role in making it a popular crossover SUV in the region. It emerged as the company’s third best-selling model across the region in 2014.

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Exterior design

Hyundai Tucson has a refined fluidic design that gives it a bold and sophisticated look. It features a hexagonal grille fitted with LED headlamps with smooth horizontal lines. Other salient features include wheel arch molding, waistline molding, rear wiper and washer, rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamp, rear reflector, LED rear combination lamps, dual mufflers and a rear skid plate. It has a longer wheelbase compared to Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.  

Interior design

The new Tucson has optimized ergonomics. Its seats are made of leather and come with unmatched lumbar support. The audio and phone controls are positioned on the steering wheel for the driver’s convenience. The dashboard has been upgraded with an 8” display, extended super vision cluster and a full auto air conditioning system.

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Engine specs

The latest model was launched in the UAE with 4 engine choices. The specifications of its two petrol and two diesel units are as follows:

  • Petrol engines: 2.0L GDI with 168 hp and turbocharged 1.6L GDI with 175 hp.
  • Diesel options: 1.7L CRDi and 2.0L CRDi.

All engines offered in the UAE are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission that is paired with either a front wheel or all-wheel drive system. Its American versions are mostly mated with a 7-speed Double clutch transmission (DCT).

Driving dynamics

The driving experience has been enhanced through a McPherson strut front suspension, which provides a comfortable ride and improved steering response. The multilink rear suspension has also been upgraded to improve driving stability and provide an elevated ride. Its ride and handling have been enhanced through cutting edge features, including Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Down-hill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). It is perfect for gravel-trail routes but does not perform very well on the steep dunes of the UAE.

Fuel consumption

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson with the 2.0L petrol engine consumes approximately 8.5 liters every 100 kilometers. The fuel economy of the 1.6L engine is around 9.4L/100km. Its fuel economy figures aren’t as impressive as its competitors. For example, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 with 2.0L engine delivers around 6.4L/100km, while the 2016 Toyota RAV-4 consumes around 7.9L/100km.

Convenience and Safety Features

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is loaded with a number of convenience and safety. The driver-and-passenger focused SUV comes equipped with Parking Assist System, Smart Tailgate System, Seat Warming & Cooling Air Ventilation System, Seat Adjustment Control System & Reclining Rear Seats, Auto Cruise Control, and a  Cargo Screen. Learn more about car safety features, here.

Its designers went the extra mile while enhancing its safety features. The latest model received a 5-star rating in both the European and North American NCAP crash tests. The safety systems include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Active Headrests, 6-Airbag System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Electronic Parking Brake (EPB).

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Price

The price of the new Hyundai Tucson ranges from AED 73,000 to AED 90,000, depending on the variant you choose. If you are looking for reliable second-hand cars in Dubai, then should definitely consider buying a used Hyundai Tucson, which can cost between AED 30,000 and AED 47,000 (2010 to 2014 models). Are you a Hyundai lover? Check out this interesting Hyundai concept.

Verdict

Hyundai Tucson is an attractive compact crossover SUV with lots of convenience and safety features. It comes with a lower price tag than most of its competitors. 

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