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2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Gets Reviewed by Auto123!



Author: Benoit Charette -

Hyundai is introducing a new, bolder generation of its Tucson for 2022. We had the chance to test drive the hybrid variant of the compact SUV, which will soon be complemented by a plug-in hybrid model. This Tucson surprised us with its liveliness, but it comes at the cost of fuel economy.

Original styling
Hyundai's new styling approach is described as "parametric dynamics". Don't ask me to explain exactly what that means, but there is indeed a dynamic design to the vehicle with its multi-faceted exterior elements. There are more pronounced angles everywhere and a more sculpted silhouette. In profile, the Tucson has a powerful, forward-moving appearance. The front headlights disappear into the long hood.

The same approach is evident at the rear, where the full-width lights incorporate half-camouflaged triangular shapes that are only revealed when lit, echoing the design of the daytime running lights at the front. To ensure the purity of this design approach, the Hyundai logo has been moved up and integrated into the rear window, while the wiper is camouflaged under the rear spoiler. Overall, it's a style that stands out in today's somewhat grey automotive universe.

Lots of technology
The Tucson Hybrid, which retails for a higher-than-average starting price of $41,499, offers a long list of active and passive safety features. The list of safety functions includes all of the Hyundai SmartSense features that come standard in all Tucson models and include: forward collision avoidance assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist and lane tracking assist, long-range headlight assist, low driver attention alert, rear occupant alert and vehicle departure warning system in front.

In addition to all of these features, there's a small button on the right side of the steering wheel that activates the Highway Driving Assist feature. It helps the Tucson stay centered in its lane during normal driving and works with the adaptive cruise control. When the cruise control is activated, the new Tucson thus has a semi-autonomous driving function.

In addition, Hyundai has a fun little gadget that allows you to park the vehicle remotely. When the engine is running, simply hold the forward button on the key fob and the Tucson will automatically drive to the parking spot. Pressing the reverse button puts it in reverse. This can also come in handy in a mall parking lot, for those times when someone's parked a little too close for comfort.

You also have remote start, which allows you to heat or cool the Tucson remotely through the Bluelink app on a cellular device, including activating the available seat heating or ventilation, a feature exclusive in the segment.

Comfortable and spacious
The new Tucson has grown in size. Its body is longer, wider and higher and its 2755 mm wheelbase is 85 mm longer than the previous model. As you might guess, this adds a lot more space for passengers and cargo. The back seats can easily accommodate three people, for example, and cargo capacity is also up. There are 1,095 litres of space with the seats up and 2,119 litres with the seats down, which simply fold down with the pull of a lever in the back. Only the CR-V offers more space in this segment.  

You get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a good Bose audio system with 8 speakers and a 10.25-inch screen. Shifting gears is now done via a push button that replaces the previous lever. The cabin's ambient lighting is adjustable in 64 colors and 10 intensity levels, plus you get an indirect diffusion ventilation system, unique in the automotive industry, which blessedly doesn't send air directly into your face.

On seeing the 19-inch tires on our tester, we had some concerns about ride comfort; these concerns proved to be unwarranted. In terms of ride and handling, the suspension does a good job of keeping roll under control without making things hard on the highway, despite those 19-inch wheels and 235/55 tires.

Both front and rear seats offer good comfort and the cabin is very well insulated from outside noise. And since space for the occupants is generous, it adds to the comfort level for everyone.

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