2007 Hyundai Tucson | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

2007 Hyundai Tucson | new car review, prices & specs

The Tucson is ’s compact crossover SUV. Whilst the bigger Terracan has a proper ladder on frame construction, the Tucson, being in mould of a soft-roader uses unitary monocoque construction, and sits on a highly modified version of the current Elantra-based platform.

With soft-roaders becoming more and more popular, Hyundai went in for a slight redesign on the Tucson in 2006. Changes were minimal. New colour-coded side claddings were introduced but the ‘Hyundai’ name on it were dropped. The 2007 was designed keeping in mind that the visual impact should last. So particular attention was paid to get the styling right and in many ways the Hyundai design team has got it quite spot on.

Frontal treatment is decidedly modern, key features such as the clear optic lights and grille relate in a traditionally strong relationship, with strong character lines defining both the grille and bumper moulding. Overall the 2007 Hyundai Tucson shows fine proportions, which disguise the actual roominess of the interior. The key words here are: strong, sporty and urban.

The feeling inside is also very much a part of the Tucson appeal, with sophisticated fabrics and materials (including a leather option) – for its class – combining to provide an atmosphere that is both, reassuring and comfortable, yet infinitely practical for when the going gets tough. Instrumentation is clear and straightforward and all controls are easy accessible by the driver.

A soft off-roader, the 2007 Hyundai Tucson is typical of the type of vehicles found in this segment. It is simple, yet attractive and this makes it endear itself to drivers from the fairer sex.

Powertrains are a 2.0 L I4 with a five-speed, front-drive manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic transmission with “sport shift” manual shifting capability or a 2.7 L V6 available with the automatic only. Four wheel drive is optional with a Borg-Warner torque controller system.

The range-topping V6 develops 175 bhp while the four-cylinder 2.0-litre unit makes 142bhp from its CVVT (Constantly Variable Valve Timing) engine.

2007 Hyundai Tucson | prices & specs

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)61,500-80,000
Engine Size (litre)2.02.7
Power (bhp)142175
Torque (Nm)184241
Transmission5M/4A5M/4A

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