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Can the 2020 Hyundai Tucson ace India’s sub-compact SUV space?

The Hyundai Tucson, as their flagship model in India, is also proof that the brand knows exactly what sub-compact SUV buyers want in the country today.

India’s premium SUV segment is currently at the centre of its automotive industry. Still, the preference of compact-SUVs over larger dimensions has caused a boom for the segment as a whole. The Hyundai Tucson drives in to take a larger slice of that cake, and by the looks of it, they’re making all the right moves. While they already have the Creta and the Kona Electric, the Tucson is set to establish a much stronger presence in India’s premium and sub-compact space.

We’ve seen Hyundai evolve from making low-priced econoboxes to designing stylish, feature-rich automobiles. The 2020 Tucson is just one of the brand’s latest examples. To the front, the car remains mostly modest when it comes to its cosmetic upgrades. Everything seems more defined and sharper, contributing to a much racier facial appearance. They’ve reworked the LED headlights and the fog lights. The same could be said about the taillights, subtle yet notable changes.

Supplying the interior’s premium plush is the dashboard’s new leather stitching treatment, a floating 8-inch HD infotainment screen that’s been paired with an Infinity eight-speaker system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. When it comes to comfort and leisure, we also see a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and wireless charging. More so, it also packs six airbags, hill-climbing assist, an electronic parking brake and DRVM. To put all of this into a cumulative perspective, it checks-out almost every box on a premium SUVs list.

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Giving the Tucson a digital edge is its BlueLink connected car technology. In a nutshell, you can control a lot of cabin features right on your smartphone. This means features like AC and climate control, engine start/stop, vehicle tracking, and much more. Under the hood, we see two engine options – 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol churns out about 153-horsepower and 192-Nm or torque while the diesel boasts 182-horsepower and 400-Nm of torque. Both paired with an eight-speed automatic box.

While the Hyundai Tucson did have mixed market reviews with its predecessor, it’s evident that Hyundai wants to correct that image and want the Tucson to stand as a true all-rounder. For those looking to buy a sub-compact SUV for Indian streets, the Tucson will be a strong option. For its premium calibre, it does carry a sporty look and the tech edge we’d look for in a car today.

The Hyundai Tucson begins at Rs 22.30 lakhs with its petrol variants, Rs 25.35 lakhs for diesel and goes up to Rs 27 lakhs. These are pan-India introductory prices and are subject to change.

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Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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