2018 Hyundai Tucson 4WD Review
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2018 Hyundai Tucson 4WD Review

Car Tested: 2018 Hyundai Tucson 4WD; Road Test No. 949

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 30.62 lakhs

With 4WD, the Hyundai Tucson is a very compelling package now

Hyundai had introduced the 3rd generation Tucson in India in 2016 but until now the SUV wasn’t offered with a 4WD option. Some of its rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 come with 4WD and it was natural for Hyundai to sit up and take notice. The Korean automaker introduced a new trim in the Tucson line-up some time back and it comes with a 4WD system. We take it on a test to find out how good it is off the road.

Motor Quest: The first generation Tucson was launched in India but it sold in very few numbers. The second generation of the car was skipped for the Indian market while the third generation Tucson was launched in India in late 2016 and post 11 months of the initial launch, the 4WD variant was launched.

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There is no difference in looks between the 2WD and 4WD Tucson except for the 4WD badging at the rear

Exteriors – In terms of design and styling, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson 4WD retains the identical styling cues as the Tucson 2WD model. There isn’t anything apart from the 4WD badging in the boot lid that differentiates the 4WD from the 2WD car. That said, the Tucson does look imposing with the large hexagonal chrome grille flanked by dual-barrel LED headlamps on either side. The aggressively styled bumper houses the fog lamps as well as the wedge-shaped LED DRLs. The 18-inch diamond-cut alloys and the LED tail-lights have been carried over from the 2WD variant and the rear spoiler and the twin chrome exhaust give the SUV the much-needed stance.

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The fit and finish of the cabin is simply great

Interiors – Hop inside the cabin of the 2018 Tucson 4WD and you’ll realise that the interiors too are identical to the 2WD model. The Korean carmaker has carried over the dual-tone black and beige dashboard and the fit and finish levels are what we have come to expect from a Hyundai. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto sits flush in the centre console. In terms of features, you get dual-zone climate control, push-button start, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, leather upholstery, rear AC vents, electric parking brake, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, ARKAMYS Sound System and a reverse parking camera with adaptive guidelines. However, an electric sunroof is sorely missed, especially considering that the Verna and Elantra come with a sunroof. Seat comfort and the space on offer at the rear is identical to the 2WD variant. The driving position is very car-like as you don’t sit high enough.