Hyundai has long been involved in vehicle electrification and, in addition to electric cars, it also offers several hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Recent additions include the Hyundai Tucson PHEV mid-size SUV. It comes with a renewed and quite unorthodox design that will catch your eye at first glance.
This is mainly due to the front mask, composed as if from scales, which reveal a pair of stylized angel wings when the daylight is on. These create an unmistakable light signature, so be sure not to confuse the Tucson with another car. A similar motif continues on the rear group lights, which form double teeth. The whole body has an interesting 3D structure full of edges and angles, which makes it look aggressive. In our case, the impression is complemented by a black roof with an aluminum anodised bar extending between the roof and the windows, terminated at the rear by an aerodynamic molding leading to the rear window and at the front extending to the mirror covers. It looks very effective and dynamic. The headlights are entrusted to LED technology with full automatic switching. It works very reliably, but the performance of the high beams could be higher.
The propulsion system consists of a 1.6-liter petrol engine with an output of 132.4 kW and an electric motor with an output of 66.9 kW. The total system power reaches 195 kW and the torque is 350 Nm. The synchronous electric motor with a permanent magnet is located in the body of the six-speed automatic transmission. It is powered by a battery with a capacity of 13.8 kWh. According to the WLTP cycle, it guarantees a range of up to 62 km, which was also confirmed during testing. Unfortunately, only a single-phase AC charger with an output of 7.2 kW is used to charge it. He will be happy to have the car display the current charging power and the time until the end of the process. The Type 2 charging socket is located on the right rear, the tank filler neck is on the left.
The virtual cockpit has a choice of several color schemes, including elegant white
Tucson uses a digital instrument panel that has a nice display, you can change several color themes, including the impressive white, but more personalization may not be possible. The color of the indicators also changes according to the engaged driving mode. When you turn on one of the turn signals, a blind spot camera image is displayed in place of one of the round indicators (depending on the direction), so you can see if someone has run in there when maneuvering or turning. In the middle you can toggle the display of the trip computer data. The touch screen of the multimedia system has a diagonal of 10.25 “and is widescreen. It is set in one block with air conditioning control. The whole panel has a glossy finish and all the buttons on it are touch. It will certainly show well, but in normal use you will still be looking at a dusty and catchy surface, not to mention that full touch control, even including volume, is not one of the most practical. brightness, and the width allows you to display an additional window at one-third, such as battery charge, EV range, and nearest chargers.This display works even if you use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but these only work when connected via a cable.
We had the Tucson fully equipped, so there was a lack of rich technological equipment, including adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping. From the assistance systems you will also find an autonomous braking system with detection of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, an emergency braking system when turning left, the already mentioned assistant blind spot monitoring and crossing traffic with display, warning system to safely leave the vehicle if the vehicle is approaching from behind, also a warning about the presence of passengers in the rear seats. One of the novelties is the system for driving on the highway, which also ensures automatic speed transfer. The pair of extra packages then complement the leather seats with electric adjustment, front ventilation and all heating, electronically controlled suspension, remote intelligent parking assistant allowing direct parking or parking with a key and assistant to prevent collisions when reversing parking. I really appreciate the 360 ° camera system, which has an excellent sharp image with high resolution and is a very good maneuvering aid. The rear camera can even be switched on while driving, so you can monitor the situation behind the vehicle.
The rear passenger can adjust the temperature independently
The car also pleasantly surprised with its consumption and electric range. When driving in the districts, I reached 65 km, which is a very decent value due to the battery capacity and testifies to good drive efficiency. On the positive side, even without charging, the vehicle can drive in districts in 6.2 l / 100 km and you can fit on the highway in 8 – 8.5 l / 100 km. After 1020 km, consumption stabilized at 3.7 l / 100 km during regular charging. True, it is not yet a plug-in hybrid RAV4, but you will pay more than 10,000 euros for it, so these are very good results and most of the competition is quietly envious. Of course, the consumption from the test does not say much about the actual consumption, but it is a good indicator of how efficient the system can be and what its potential is. We always try to drive vehicles in the same way and on roughly the same routes. With plug-in hybrids, of course, it plays a big role in how often you charge them and how long you drive on the route. If the drive is efficient and achieves a longer electric range, this will have a positive effect on overall consumption, especially if the routes are outside the electric range.
Tucson is also equipped with the Bluelink telematics service system. This allows you to connect to the vehicle remotely from your smartphone, check charging, current range, but also the lock status of the vehicle or the routes traveled. However, unlike electric cars, you do not turn on the air conditioning or heating remotely. Tucson does not have electric air conditioning.
The Tucson hybrid plug-in certainly didn’t disappoint. An excellent chassis with electronically controlled suspension and sufficient power, together with state-of-the-art technology and comfortable seats, make it a very comfortable and convenient ride. When we add good range and low consumption, we have a recipe for quality family SUVs.
Engine 1.6 T-GDi, 132.4 kW, 265 Nm, 4 cylinders, 6-speed automatic transmission, power in kW (k) 132.4, max. torque: 265 Nm, electric motor power: 66.9 kW, system power: 195 kW, torque: 350 Nm, driven axle: 4 × 4, max. speed: 191 km / h, max. electric speed: 135 km / h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 8.2 s, battery capacity: 13.8 kWh, AC charger 1f 7.2 kW
+ Equipment, processing, el. range, driving characteristics, economical operation
– Single-phase charger only
Model price (with VAT): 22 290 EUR, tested vehicle: 41 390 EUR
• Consumption in the test for the first 100 km (l / 100 km): 2.7
• Consumption in hybrid mode (l / 100 km): 6.2
• Total combined consumption (l / 100 km): 3.7
• Electric range in the test (km): 55-65
• AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 6.7
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW) –
• Charging time 10-80% (min) –
Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.
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