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Hyundai Tucson 2.0 4x2

Broadcast dates : 30th October 2005
5th November 2005

With the Tucson 2.0 4x2, we feel Hyundai has hit the nail on the head with its mix of mechanical specification and flavour-of-the-decade SUV-ness.

The interior trim of the entry-level two-litre, two-wheel-drive model is specced virtually on a par with the more expensive four-wheel-drive diesel and V6 Tucsons. So in this model you donít feel sold short in the cheap-and-nasty version.

It only has two airbags, which may be of concern to some, and it also lacks a sunroof. But it is the trim material and panel fit that impresses.

Of course, the main reason for buying an SUV is space. And in the loading bay thereís plenty of it, with no fiddly folding mechanisms.

Under the oddments tray, is a space-saver spare wheel. Itís rated at 80 km/h, which is not an ideal holiday option, as a full-size spare would be better. As for the run-flat options favoured by some manufacturers, the jury is still out on that one. 

The base-line petrol engine is a new-generation unit similar to that used in the 2 litre version of the Tiburon. In fact its output figures are acceptable for a 2 litre and itís also an engine that is quite happy at high revs.

Being a two-wheel-drive vehicle means that this Tucson is essentially a front-wheel-drive car like its sedan siblings.

Not ideal for off-road driving, but the high ground clearance gives it good rough-road ability. For most SUV drivers, it makes a lot of sense.
Itís the ultimate suburban SUV which normally does duty as momís taxi. Rugged on image and easy on the pocket in terms of two-wheel-drive fuel consumption.

The ride quality on the Tucson is good, both in terms of suspension control and body rigidity.

Hyundai and its corporate cousin Kia are spearheading a real level of respect for Korean manufacturers in the world markets right now.

Interestingly, the 2 litre Tucson with front-wheel-drive and a five-speed manual gearbox is not that far behind the automatic four-wheel-drive V6 version, when it comes to outright performance.

Its top speed of 168 km/h is more than adequate for an SUV with a high center of gravity and its overall fuel consumption is estimated at a reasonable 11,9 litres per hundred kilometres, using the Car Magazine fuel index system.

It doesnít have the worldís most exciting cabin in terms of colour useage, but it is a business-like and durable package that comes with a three-year or 60 000 kilomtre Maintenance Plan.

Hyundai Tucson 2,0 4x2
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1975 cc
  • Power: 104 kw @ 6000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 12,3 seconds
  • Top speed: 168 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 11,9 litres/100 km (estimated) 
  • Price: R194 900
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