2008 Hyundai Tucson | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

2008 Hyundai Tucson | new car review, prices & specs

The Tucson is the Korean automaker’s smallest, entry-level SUV. It is strictly a five-seater, with no third-row-seating option and comes standard with a four  cylinder engine, with a V6 also available.

The Tucson has a monocoque construction, and sits on a highly modified version of the current Coupe platform. The 2.0 litre unit makes 142bhp while the 2.7-litre V6  develops 175 horses. The Tucson comes with either a five-speed manual transmission or four speed semi-automatic ‘H-matic’ gearbox as seen on the Santa Fe. Both engines benefit from variable valve technology.

Employing a ‘torque-on-demand’ four-wheel drive system, developed by industry experts Borg Warner, the Tucson runs in front-wheel drive until it detects loss of traction, then the 4WD cuts in. It will then revert to two-wheel drive when adequate traction is detected. A front-wheel drive only version is also available.

The interior is nicely laid out with trim and materials of a visibly good quality. Entry and exit is easy for both front and back seats, and the rear seatbacks flip down easily to  augment the decent cargo space at the back. The flip-up tailgate glass allows easy stowage of smaller items. The Tucson is right up there with its competitors in the looks department. Not a stunner, it’s not an ugly duckling either – tight proportions, clean lines being its hallmarks. Like Hyundai’s slightly larger Santa Fe, the Tucson is a  crossover rather than a true SUV.

A comprehensive list of active and passive safety features are standard equipment, including six airbags and electronic stability control. Aggressively priced, the
Tucson offers a good alternative to the usual suspects in this class. It is no barnstormer as far as performance goes, but the V6 engine provides enough power to satisfy most people.

2008 | prices & specs

Engine2.0-litre 4-Cyl2.7-litre V6    
Power142 bhp175 bhp    
Torque184 Nm241 Nm    
TransmissionManual/AutomaticAutomatic

Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 49,900 – upto 76,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Kia Sportage
Subaru Forester

 Hyundai dealers in the Middle East

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