2006 Hyundai Tucson CRDi Limited 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Half the price of a Land Rover Freelander, but definitely not half as good

Faults:

Front centre armrest/cubby hole lid snapped.

Rattly rear boot floor.

General Comments:

This car was bought in response to the awful winter we had in the UK this year, and I finally got fed up of several near death incidents in my 2WD Skoda Fabia.

I tried several 4x4s before settling on a Tucson, including a Jeep Cherokee, a Jeep Patriot and a Kia Sportage.

I deliberately set out to find a 6-speed manual 140bhp engined one after trying the Kia Sportage (it's mechanical twin), but with the earlier, less powerful 110bhp engine, which was underpowered.

I think the Tucson's a great bit of kit, especially for the money. Mine was 10k from a Hyundai dealer, had a full service history and nearly 2 years warranty left, and as a Limited model has privacy glass, heated leather, decent alloys, a tailgate spoiler, cruise control, climate control etc etc, and looks, to my mind, way more expensive in Black with everything colour coded than it was.

I find the engine nice and torquey, and though quite growly on start up and under acceleration, quiet enough at cruising speed. I've had it reading 115mph on the speedo, which I'm more than happy with for a 1 3/4 ton 4x4!

My only complaint is I get no more generally than 33mpg, which is OK, but not great, and no-where near the 39 odd Hyundai quote as the average mpg figure. That's doing an average 75-80mph for half my journey to work on dual carriageways, and the rest on country roads at about 60 odd.

Handling wise it's a bit barge like, which goes with its looks I think, and ride wise it has I think a fairly soft ride, and very comfy, big seats. Only annoyance is that the steering wheel only adjusts for rake, not reach.

It never got caught out in the snow. I went out some days where neighbours definitely didn't bother. I love the fact the 4x4 cuts in below about 35 mph or so automatically, or you can lock it in 4x4 for even better traction and it's got the ESP to keep you out of trouble.

From what I've read and seen online, these things are pretty capable off-roaders and only really lack a low range, with good approach and departure angles and an average wading depth (I knew nothing about any of this til I bought a 4x4!).

If you want a cheap 4x4 with a good kit level, reasonable performance and fuel returns, then this or maybe a Kia Sportage is the road to take.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2010

2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.7L from North America

Summary:

Solid performer

General Comments:

I've been quite happy with my Tuscon.

It's not perfect, but it's certainly one of the best value vehicles on the market.

Hyundai should change however to a 5-speed automatic.

Gas mileage could be better, but for most of my life I've driven smaller cars, so it's not a fair comparison.

Feels solid @ 150kmh.

Would have no problem recommending a Hyundai product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2009

2006 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Good

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the vehicle. Over two years on the road, and the only thing that happened was a squeaking noise when I was driving and NOT applying the brake. Hyundai wanted me to change the rotors at 40,000 KM, I took it to my mechanic who said that there was brake dust in the ports of the pad, disassembled and cleaned them up for free and they have are working fine now for the last 6 months. Wasn't happy that Hyundai wanted me to do unnecessary work, but I expect that from all dealers.

Other than that, just oil changes.

General Comments:

Only complaint is it is underpowered. The 2.0 engine doesn't have much guts, but I knew that when I bought it.

My dad's CRV has noticeably more power, but I wasn't willing to spent $5000 for a few extra ponies. Even my wife complains it is a bit too weak.

It gets around, reliable, safe, fits the baby seat and all the toys, and the back seats/ front passenger seat fold flat so it fits a ton of stuff, which has come in handy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2008