by John Elford

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD

Stunning aggressive good looks are the first thing that greet you when you see the all new Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD.

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This full size SUV has special body treatment, imported from Korea, with the front, rear and side skirts setting the tone, while the 19 inch black alloy wheels, designed with the help of Tiger Wheel and Tyre, add to the look. The 4 chrome exhaust pipes are part of an exciting package. These not only improve the look, but announce with a growl that this boy means business.

The 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine delivers an awesome 150kw of power with 295 Nm of torque, which is transferred to the road through a dual clutch transmission and an AWD system. Although a large SUV, the Tucson accelerates comfortably through the gears and to cruising speed with ease even when fully loaded. Driving the Tucson is an absolute pleasure with more than enough power and a slick automatic gearbox with the option of automatic or manual allows the driver to instantly swop from one to the other, depending on road requirements

A whole host of features greet the driver including electronically adjustable leather seats, multifunction controls at the touch of a button on the steering wheel, and an 8-inch infotainment system, with satellite navigation. Bluetooth is also standard and a CD player with a USB and Aux music input ensures the passengers are always entertained. A reverse park-assist camera ensures accurate and safe parking even in the tightest of situations. The rear parking image appears on the corner of the rear view mirror as soon as reverse is selected.

The cavernous interior has plenty of space for passengers and luggage making this a first choice for family weekend travellers or mom’s taxi during the week. The whole family and friends along with sports kit can easily be accommodated. The luggage compartment is absolutely huge with more than enough space for any occasion. On the open road the Tucson really comes into its own. Power, comfort and plenty of space ensure a comfortable and save journey. The high-ride height of the Tucson contributes to a feeling of being in control and provides the driver and passengers with a clear field of vision. Other standard features include cruise control, rain sensors for the automatic windscreen wipers as well as automatic lights. A unique feature is the cornering lights that automatically switch on when turning a corner allowing safe turning.

The Tucson is also filled with a whole host of safety features including electronic stability control and ABS, which ensure the brakes do not lock when applied in an emergency. Electronic brake distribution is also standard. A full suite of airbags also ensures the driver and passengers will be protected in an accident. The Tucson was awarded the EuroNCAP 5-star rating for safety.

The recommended retail price of the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD is R599 900. This includes Hyundai’s industry leading 7year/200 000km warranty and 5-year or 150 000km road assistance. The Tucson also comes with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, with service intervals of 15 000km.

All in all a superb SUV suited to the discerning owner who wants a little more than normal for his or her family’s motoring needs.

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