Hyundai Tucson hybrid, low fuel consumption and a brilliant engine

At the wheel of the two thousand four-wheel drive turbodiesel. We tested the operation and effectiveness of the Korean manufacturer’s MHSG 48V on the road

It does what it promises, which is to consume less thanks to the lightweight 48V hybrid fitted on board. In the short test that we had the opportunity to do, the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48V 4WD has precisely kept his word. In the first 40 km of extra-urban road with a fairly careful pace, little traffic, but with several stops and starts, the consumption was 6.6 liters of diesel per 100 km. In the second part of the test, 51.5 km between suburban and city roads, some traffic lights, average traffic volume, a walking pace and faster driving (also using the Sport mode when needed), consumption is in any case state of 6.9 liters per 100 km. The Korean house declares an average cycle between 6.6 and 7.1 liters. Data that can probably be overcome with a more sustained pace and on the motorway where all hybrid systems do not help that much in limiting fuel consumption. But anyhow, these are the numbers found in our test.


The version tested is the one with the richer set-up, the Excellence, which has everything as standard for a turnkey cost of 40,500 euros, the highest price in the Tucson range (fully approved Euro 6d-Temp or 6.2 which dir if you like) which starts from the 22,750 euros of the 1.6 petrol front-wheel drive. There are three engines available on the average SUV, which has sold over 66,000 units since it arrived in Italy: a 1600 petrol engine with two power levels (132 and 177 HP) and two diesel engines, the 1600 (115 and 136 HP). ), the Italians’ favorite engine, and the 185 hp 2000 engine. The big news of the year is the arrival of the mild-hybrid which, however, given its technical characteristics, allows it to be homologated as a full-hybrid with the advantages on the cost of the road tax and access to urban areas with limited traffic. The 48V system is available on the two diesel engines with both manual and automatic double clutch gearboxes that can be combined with front-wheel drive or full-wheel drive.

how is it going

Once aboard the two-liter hybrid Tucson, at the first traffic light the extended start and stop is positively striking which, with the eight-speed automatic transmission of the tested version, allows the engine to be switched off when decelerating below 30 km / h. During braking, the system recovers energy for the 0.44 kWh 48 V lithium-ion polymer battery which is located under the luggage compartment. The Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG) contributes to better starting and at the same time reduces fuel consumption and emissions by compensating with torque and power. The restart of the engine, once the brake pedal is released, is noticeable and the car immediately jumps forward. The automatic transmission does its job but obviously its response is much more prompt in Sport mode. The 185 Hp engine runs smoothly and quietly in a quiet ride but when needed, such as when overtaking, it makes its power felt and pushes the car vigorously. When cornering, the roll is very low for a 1,643 kg unladen car, thanks also to the shoes, 245/45 tires mounted on 19 ”rims and the suspensions: independent McPherson type at the front and multi-link at the rear. Soundproofing and onboard comfort are premium. Excellent sound of the Krell audio system with which you can also listen to the Dab radio. The version we tested is equipped with the 2 thousand euro Leather pack and the 1,600 premium pack which includes the electric panoramic rooftop and the electric tailgate. The dashboard and the beautiful screen in the center of the console provide a lot of information and are clearly legible. Too bad that a head-up display is not available as an option either. Instead the Adas, the driving assistance systems, are many and of great help: they range from the “classic” adaptive cruise control to the frontal anti-collision, passing through the monitoring of the blind spot and the cameras that film at 360 ° what happens around the car.

We like it: low fuel consumption, brilliant engine, premium equipment, driver assistance systems.
We do not like it: slight delay in response in normal mode, the absence of a head-up display.

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48 V 4WD product details
Motor: 4 cylinders in line 16 valves. Displacement: 1.995 cc. Power supply: diesel. Fuel system: direct injection and turbocharger. Transmission: AT eight reports. Dimensions: length 4.480 mm, width 1.850 mm, height 1.645 mm, wheelbase 2.670. Weight: 1,643 kg (dry). Luggage compartment: 513 / 1,503 liters. Maximum speed: 201 km / h. Price: € 40,500 turnkey.

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Hyundai Tucson hybrid, low fuel consumption and a brilliant engine