Hyundai Tucson Highlander 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Hyundai Tucson Highlander on a road test review

Hyundai Tucson sits right in the competitive medium size AWE SUV segment. Over the years it has evolved and the latest update in April 2021 brought a host of significant improvements, some class leading to the range.

Hyundai Tucson front qtr 2022 Tucson comes in three models, with an N Line option pack available on all of them. There is also a choice of three engines, a normally aspirated petrol, a turbo petrol and a turbo diesel engine. There is 2WD and AWD choices as well as three transmissions that are aligned to engine choice.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Highlander interior

My pick is the Highlander in either the 1.6L turbo petrol or 2.0L diesel. It comes with a stunning array of comfort and safety features and is packed with little luxuries.

Hyundai Tucson driver instruments 2022

One thing I particularly like is the tablet style driver instrument panel. It looks a little like its stuck in there but works a treat and is a clue to the future of information for drivers.

The other thing that stands out is the driving dynamics, smooth and quiet on suburban roads, cruisy on the freeway and complaint on our back roads that can be a little rough.

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Hyundai Tucson transmission 2022

Pricing for the Tucson starts from $34,500 through to $53,000 plus the usual costs.

The Tucson is also a finalist in our sister publication OzRoamer COTY awards

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Im Rob Fraser

Hyundai Tucson boot 2021

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Style and design
  • Turbo Petrol and Diesel engines
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Low towing capacity
  • No Hybrid version
  • Prices starting to get up there

Hyundai Tucson engine 2021

Model   

Hyundai Tucson 1.6T Highlander AWD SUV

Model Price $50,400 MLP*
Engine 1.6L T 4 Cyl Petrol
Drivetrain AWD 7 Speed Sports Dual Clutch Transmission
Power 132kW @ 5500rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 164 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 7.2 L/100km / 54L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 10,000km Service plans
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Hyundai Tucson central screen 2022

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/Off Road Capability*
7
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

*Towing and Off Road capability is measured relative to other vehicles in the class. It is not to be used as a measure against vehicles in other classes.

Hyundai Tucson profile 2022

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 4630mm
Wheelbase 2755mm
Width / Height / Turning Circle 1865mm / 1665mm / 11.8mts KTK
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 181 mm / TBC
Approach / RO / Departure 18.3 / 17.5 / 25.6 degrees
Boot Space Min / Max L 539L / 1860L
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 1656kg / TBA / 2190kg / 3840kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 1650kg / 100kg

Hyundai Tucson rear 2022

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Towing/Off Road Capability* - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Technology / connectivity - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.6/10

Summary

Hyundai Tucson sits right in the competitive medium size AWE SUV segment. Over the years it has evolved and the latest update in April 2021 brought a host of significant improvements, some class leading to the range.

Pricing for the Tucson starts from $34,500 through to $53,000 plus the usual costs.

About Rob Fraser 2000 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.