Like the exteriors, the cabin of the Tucson is quite stylish and contemporary. It looks interesting and thoroughly modern and the large 8-inch touchscreen is high set, which makes it easy to use on the move. The vertical vents beside it look unique giving the dashboard a mini Santa Fe look. The air-con control housing is very ergonomic and the large knobs and buttons make it easy to use. Overall quality is very impressive and all the touch points like the dash-top, armrest, steering and gear knob is either finished in soft plastics or leather. The high-res infotainment screen is very sensitive and though it has some lag, it functions with precision and is easy to scroll through. The unit also boasts of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which only adds to the overall experience.
The driving position in the new Tucson is high-set and you get a good view of your surroundings. The seat itself offers good lateral support and the cushioning felt spot-on too. Thanks to the Tucson’s large dimensions, there’s a lot of space for rear-seat passengers and the adjustable backrest just adds to the experience. But to generate more headroom the bench is set quite low, which in turn compromises on thigh support. The rising rear window-line also makes the back-seat ambiance a little claustrophobic. What also could have been better at the rear is the centre armrest, which is placed a bit too high.
The boot at around 513-litres is big enough and its square shape and low loading lip makes it very usable. The flexibility of having a 60:40 folding rear seat makes this a very practical car.
As ever with Hyundai, the Tucson is well equipped. Apart from the touchscreen, you’ll find things like auto headlamps, keyless entry and go, cruise control, powered driver’s seat, six airbags, powered tailgate, ESP and of course, Bluetooth on this top GLS model. But we did miss things like automatic wipers, ventilated seats and sunroof.