Hyundai’s big success, the Tucson compact SUV starts a restyling in 2018, the opportunity to adopt a new light hybrid engine on its 2.0 diesel 185 hp. Here is our opinion on this unorthodox motorization.

For Hyundai, the Tucson is an indisputable European success . Launched in 2015, it has since grown to 390,000 copies on our continent. His success is equally remarkable in France, where he is with the i20one of the first sales of the brand . The segment of SUVs running at full speed, the time had come for him to enjoy an important update. On the aesthetic level, it comes down to a slightly revised front and new wheels. It is much more significant in terms of technology, especially to adapt to the formidable new Euro 6d-temp standards.

The range of engines is therefore deeply revised with the arrival of new 1.6 diesels of 115 and 136 hp, but also that of a new version of the 2.0 CRDi 185 hp with a slight hybridization. It is a Valeo alternator-starter driven by belt associated with a battery of 0.44 kWh located in the trunk, the whole being connected by a network 48 volts chosen for its greater capacity to recover energy with braking . A system quite similar to what have just launched Audi and Mercedes on the A7 and CLS on some gasoline blocks, but the logic of operation appears a little different, we will see. In any case, Hyundai announces 7% gain in efficiency thanks to this novelty, a rather impressive figure, especially for a diesel block.

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48V Award

It is not enough to say that the arrival of WLTP standards causes confusion among manufacturers. Not only are the NTC’s remodeled NUCT WLTP CO 2emissions of the restyled Tucson not known, but its tariffs are still under development as we write these lines. For most engines, Hyundai announces a few hundred euros increase but it is still impossible to estimate the price of the hybrid diesel version is a novelty in the range. Difficult also to estimate its ecological penalty, which was 6 300 € on the old version CRDi 185 ch BVA6.

On the other hand, we know the range of equipment. The Tucson seriously raises its level of play with a progression of the standard equipment on all finishes. Thus, our premium Executive model receives in addition to the old version the autonomous emergency braking (like all other Tucson restyled), the 360 ° camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive controller and charger. wireless smartphone.

Driving the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48V

The Tucson has never sought to be the most dynamicof its segment and it does not change gear with its restyling. Quite heavy with more than 1,700 kg on the scale, it gives priority to comfort and quiet operation. In fact, the 2.0 engine never raises the tone and suspension settings favor flexibility, even if the 19-inch rims of our Executive version are not without causing percussion. Without being overwhelmed on the dynamic level, this imposing SUV took a shot of old with the arrival of the Peugeot 3008 , infinitely more agile and fun to drive.

No question for the Hyundai Tucson to compete with the Peugeot 3008 on the dynamic level. His mass forbids him. It can however claim its 4×4 transmission, also available on the 1.6 CRDi 136 hp.

Associated with a new eight-speed “house”transmission , the 2.0 185 hp does its job properly, but does not give a feeling of punch to the height of the power announced. On the other hand, it shows great flexibility, amplified at low revs by the additional power of 10 kW (13.6 hp) or even 12 kW peak. This contributes to the ease of driving in the city and the pleasure, since restarts are imperceptible.

In contrast, Hyundai has chosen a fairly conservative strategy for its hybrid system. It only cuts the engine below 3 km / h, contrary to the Audi and Mercedes systems. Apart from the comfort that this system brings, it can not be said that it achieves miracles on road and highway: on a course certainly winding we obtained a consumption greater than 8 l / 100 km, which seems a lot. We look forward to CO 2 emissions figures to assess its fiscal relevance.

The top of the dashboard Hyundai Tucson has been redesigned including the appearance of a central screen floating. From the second level of Creative finish, she receives a leatherette cover. The finish appears excellent and much more flattering than before.

With 185 hp under the bonnet, the Hyundai Tucson diesel is opposed to the gratin of European compact SUVs, starting with its majesty the Peugeot 3008 GT BlueHDi 180. Certainly, it does not propose for the moment of hybridization, even light, but it can put forward its lower weight of 235 kg: we have never found better to save fuel. The Peugeot must however concede a little less rich equipment and especially the absence of a four-wheel drive version.

In the process of being restyled, the Renault Kadjardoes not offer diesel at this level of power. We must therefore look to the Volkswagen Tiguan to find a model really comparable in its version TDI 190 DSG7 4Motion Carat. It is distinguished by a greater technological endowment with serial digital instrumentation and the optional congestion control assistant. Remains that € 45,640, German is not given.

More modest, the Seat Ateca offers the same engine as its first cousin, but finish Xcellence its price drops a little under 40 000 €. The Tucson also has to contend with internal competition: the Kia Sportage has also been restyled and receive the same diesel engine as the Hyundai, but it will be necessary to wait until the fall to know its tariffs and its emissions of CO 2 .

Review Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48V

The restyled Tucson improves but does not tip the table on its segment. Always so little agile, it counts above all on its equipment even richer than before, its style and its guarantee of five years to seduce. He can also now argue his interior presentation much more flattering even if it remains very traditional. As for the diesel version 2.0 CRDi 48V, it appears above all as a demonstration of technological strength for a car group that wants to pioneer in electrification. But from the point of view of energy efficiency, we would have preferred a relief treatment that the Tucson badly needs compared to its direct competitors.

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