2015 Hyundai Tucson | new car review

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2015 Hyundai Tucson
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AEDAED 69,900 - 97,900
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  • Exterior
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  • Interior
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  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
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  • Performance
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  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

The Tucson isn't in need of flowery introduction, for it's known to be the Korean crossover that gave its competitors a run for their money.


* LED tail lights are a neat addition.
* Ample amounts of standard equipment.
* Rear A/C vents to make sure occupants in the back don't get barbecued.


* A lot more hard plastic than you'd like in the cabin


Though the Tucson remains unchanged for the most part, a few improvements to the tail lamps have significantly improved the Korean’s aesthetic appeal. As for its countenance, bi-functional projector headlamps now come as standard equipment across the range, and the new alloys complete its smarter look overall.

2015 Hyundai Tucson top


Step into the 2015 Tucson and a few noticeable improvements have been carried out. For starters, a new GPS and audio system along with a revised 4.2″ TFT supervision instrument cluster can now be found in the Tucson. Additionally, to create a sense of luxury, the Tucson can now be had with a brown leather interior as well. However, it is features such as Bluetooth connectivity and steering audio  controls being offered on the entry level model that are sure to surprise.

2015 Hyundai Tucson interior


Buyers of the new 2015 Tucson now benefit from Hyundai’s Flex Steer system available on the model. Three driving modes – normal, comfort, and sport allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment.


What’s on offer?

The 2015 Tucson can be had with either a 2.0 litre engine or a 2.4 litre engine. While the 2.0 litre is only good for 156 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque, the 2.4 litre is capable of producing a decent 175 horsepower and 227 Nm of torque. Prices for the 2.0 litre variant start at AED 69,900 and top out at AED 77,900, while the beefier 2.4 litre variant wears a starting and top of the line price of AED 75,900 and AED 97,900 respectively.


Summing it…

On the whole the 2015 Hyundai Tucson does offer good value for money. With an array of standard features including rear A/C vents and standard 17″ alloys, it is better looking, better priced and better equipped than it’s main competitor, the Toyota RAV4.

2015 Hyundai Tucson rear


Specifications2015 Hyundai Tucson 2.0L2015 Hyundai Tucson 2.4L
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4 cyl2.4 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
156 hp @ 6,200 RPM175 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
192 Nm @ 4,000 RPM227 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h11.5 secs10.4 secs
Top speed170 km/h180 km/h
PriceAED 69,900 - 77,900AED 75,900 - 97,900

19 Responses to 2015 Hyundai Tucson | new car review

  1. Manu Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 12:02 am

    hi all,

    hope everyone going well…I’m stuck between kia sportage n tucson..my budget is around 60k which one shud i go for.?..i think kia 2015 model looks great compared to tucson and more features too…pls help

  2. Huju Reply

    March 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm


    I want to buy a car but i have no idea about mechanical side my first preference good millage and low price in SUV and Sedan.

    Please help me

  3. Ruplal Reply

    November 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

    chris,Saw that on Rachel last night. We know what we are in for more Bushit as you would say.Mara,Thanks for the link to the cartoon. Says it all.My coeeolnncds on the passing of Sgt. Shriver also.

  4. Adnan Reply

    September 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I Need to choose a car between Tucson/Sentefe, Mitsubishi ASX, Outlander. I guess 2016 new shape tucson is already out. Which one do you suggest, and which one is good interm of resale and drive.

  5. Dangj Reply

    July 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Zaran. Great review..
    I have a budget of only 65000 aed and thinking about a second hand option.can u help me choose between Tucson, sportage, escape and grand vitara.

    Thanks a ton in advance

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Hi Dangj,

      Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

      While we don’t cover second-hand cars, I’d advise you to look out for things like Service History, Accident Record of the car, and also how many owners it has been through. I’d personally strike off the Koreans and pick between the Ford Escape and Grand Vitara, but that’s just a personal choice. All the best!



  6. Freeda Reply

    July 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Zaran, thanks for ur informative reaponse. Based on ur suggestion, i tried Honda as well and I liked (mostly finalised)their midrange 2015 CRV priced at circa 103K. Just a last piece of advice I seek from u before I finalize: is CRV due for a major update as well in their 2016 model for UAE? Given a choice between Mazda 2016 and CRV 2015 (approx 20K price differnce); what wud u suggest? Thanks!

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Good Morning Freeda,

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for all the week has in store for you.

      Glad to hear you’re more or less settled on the CR-V, it’s a great car. Considering it’s just undergone a makeover for the 2015 model, it’s safe to assume that the newer generation model will not be out for the next couple of years or so.

      Between the CR-V and CX-5, I’d put my money on the CR-V. It’s a popular sight on the roads of the UAE for a very good reason!



  7. Freeda Reply

    June 30, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Hi Zaran,
    I am looking for a mid sized SUV in the range of AED90K with maximum features. The options I tried are Toyota Rav4 2015 mid range model priced around 95K, Mazda CX5 2016 mid range around 94K, full options 120K and Tucson 2015 full options for 85K.
    Moreover I am also fascinated by features like electric seats, lane change indicators offered by Mazda in the top model. Just wanted to check: 1) if it is worth paying that money for Mazda. 2) i am very keen on Tucson but i felt a little engine noise on acceleration with 2.4 engine during the test drive. 3) Which one would be a better choice of the 3?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Hi Freeda,

      Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

      The Compact SUV segment you’re looking into is definitely gaining popularity with some great offerings from various manufacturers. Below are the answers to your questions and also a few thoughts you may want to take note of.

      1) While it may seem a bit steep for a Mazda, it is Japanese at the end of the day, meaning you’re paying for a vehicle that is virtually bulletproof. Also, we personally haven’t heard of any issues from Mazda owners, so it must be worth the money.

      2) While the Tucson would be the obvious choice since getting the most features is at the top of your list, keep in mind that the Tucson is due for a major update. The new generation model is expected to hit our shores in the next year or so and I wouldn’t want you stuck with the outdated shape.

      3) If you’ve considered all that the competitors have to offer and are hellbent on choosing between only these three, then I’d recommend the Mazda CX-5. If you’re open to a few suggestions, then I’d push you to stop by the Honda, Ford and Nissan showrooms to have a look at the CR-V, Escape and X-Trail respectively. They all fall into the same price bracket and offer innovative features that you’ll love.

      Also, you may want to look beyond just the stated price for the vehicle. Look into things like if a Service Contract is being offered, as that would significantly reduce your ownership costs and allow you to look into something that may seem a little out of your budget at first.

      All the very best,


  8. anson mathews Reply

    June 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Hello Team,
    Between Elantra & Corolla which one will be a better option.

    Initially I have was looking for tucson , but i have heard a lot of people saying , tucson has issues majorily once you complete 3 years of drive. Again UAE market has a negative perception about Hyundai vehicles ; can you please guide me how good tucson is ?

    also which one elantra or corolla ?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Morning Anson,

      Hope you’re doing well and are having a great day.

      All three of the cars you’re considering have their own pros and cons, so let’s take a closer look and help you decide on which one you should purchase.

      1) Hyundai Elantra – Starting at AED 51,000 and offering you a top of the line variant in AED 73,000, it’s an absolute steal. Not only are its features far superior to the Corolla, but it’s mechanically better with its six speed automatic transmission as well (both engine variants in the Corolla only get a 4 speed automatic).

      2) Toyota Corolla – The Corolla isn’t a bad car at all. While it won’t be able to offer the same value for money that its Korean rival can, it will in all likelihood run for longer without any niggles and will also fetch you a lot more in the resale department. The issue, however, is that the top of the line Corolla will set you back AED 92,900 and that’s a ridiculous price tag that simply cannot be justified.

      3) Hyundai Tucson – While we personally haven’t heard of any issues with the Tucson, I’d recommend steering away from it simply because the new generation model is just around the corner and you wouldn’t want to be stuck with the old shape in a few months time.

      The way I see it, the Elantra makes the most sense, Anson. It may not be able to get you as much as the Corolla in resale, but that’s fine because you won’t be spending as much to purchase one in the first place. Whichever one you do decide on, I’d highly recommend a test drive from the showroom just to ensure you’re comfortable and fully satisfied before putting your money down.

      All the very best and keep us in the loop.



  9. rohit sharma Reply

    May 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I am trying to make a decision on compact SUV. My budget is MAX. QR80,000 and would really appreciate,

    B/w Hyundai Tucson 2015 or Kia sportage 2015 2.0 ltr full options

    But as per WiKI TUCSON is GOING TO CHANGE completly by end of this year.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      May 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Rohit,

      Hope you’re well.

      Between the Tucson and the Sportage, the Tucson comes across as a better offering that offers superior value for money. However, while the new generation model is just around the corner, it is unlikely to hit our shores for the next year or so.


      Zaran Tarapore

  10. Balds Reply

    May 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Recently I was looking for a mid size car that is dependable since I am travelling everyday from AUH to DXB. My choices are Hyundai Tucson, Chevy Trax and Mitsubishi ASX. Any suggestions?

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      May 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Going by the specs, the 2.4-liter Tuscon would be most fun to drive, subject to your budget. Although the 2.0 liter Tuscon and ASX are close, the Trax is bit less powered in this lot. The Trax and Tuscon come with Auto transmission while ASX has CVT – our preference – Auto box. ASX is a bit dated in comparison as well.
      Numbers are kind of pointing to Tuscon, with Trax being a close contender. Important to note that the Chevy service intervals are every 10k km while Hyundai is every 5k. Chevy will save you some money over time.
      The call would be between the 2.0-liter Tuscon and 1.8-liter Trax. A useful feature for highway driving would be to have a Cruise Control option. You must test drive to get a feel and see what works best in your budget. Hope this helped.

  11. RC Reply

    January 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hi there!

    I am trying to make a decision on what car to buy. My budget is around QR80,000 and would really appreciate your advice
    For crossovers, I am between:
    – Mitsubishi ASX 2015 (here it comes in one category with rear view camera, engine start button, panoramic roof, 4X4
    – Hyundai Tucson 2015 fully loaded
    – Nissan x trail 2015 entry level 2WD i love this car but the entry level seems too basic (no rear sensors/camera, no engine start button, no roof etc… and the midrange option is out of my budget

    For sedans:
    – VW passat 2013 mid range
    -Toyota camry glx fully loaded 2015
    – nissan altima 2014 fully loaded


    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Quick overview –
      ASX – 2.0 liter engine/ CVT/ been there for a while/ offers good value for money. Check the warranty and service packages offered, if any. Read our review here, if not already read – http://goo.gl/JsEJZK

      Tucson – two engine options – 2.0 & 2.4 liter – the base 2.0 liter engine is slightly more powerful that the ASX/ better features inside the car/ more trim options – making it possibly a bit pricey as well/ rear A/C vents are an advantage/ smarter looks in our opinion. Read our review – http://goo.gl/LRIipp

      X-Trail – flavor of the season/ newest in the segment/ more spacious than most competitors/ comes with optional 7 seat variant, which eats into nearly all the luggage space in the boot/ kitted version on the pricier side. Our review here – http://goo.gl/A55o1g

      We feel Hyundai Tuscon to be a more suitable option. You must test drive each of the variants and see where your comfort lays. Good luck.

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      On cars, the fully loaded Altima and Camry would sit closer to the mid level Passat on the price scale. I am making this assumption based on the 2.5 liter engine variants of all three cars. While Camry and Altima deliver almost the same power from their 2.5 liter units, the Passat delivers slightly less. Between the Japanese, our preference will go to Camry simply because ALtima’s CVT is something we don’t like. Passat is the smartest looking car in the bunch. If you get a Warranty & Service package from the local dealer, it’s wort considering. Good luck. Again, test drive all cars and see what makes you happy in the driver’s seat. Remember, its what you see and touch inside the cabin that matters more than what other people will see from the outside.

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