In theory, cars such as this shouldn’t really exist in our right-on country. Hyundai’s Tucson and its rivals the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, Renault Kadjar, Mazda CX-3 and Skoda Karoq tap right into the heart of SUV/crossover land, which has come under fire for being more polluting than ordinary cars by their nature of being bigger, heavier and less wind-cheating than their hatchback or estate counterparts.
Yet they do exist and are one of the most numerous of car types. Families like them, people like them. They like the sense of space, the ease of use and the high-set driving position, and they are prepared to pay a bit extra for the privilege.
How much more? Navigating Hyundai’s website isn’t the easiest thing, but the Hyundai i30 estate in a similar if non-hybrid, high-spec trim costs under £26,700, whereas this diesel N-Line mild-hybrid Tucson is £29,645.00. Both, of course, are covered by Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
What's so special about the N-Line trim?
N-Line is a relatively new trim line and while it’s entirely cosmetic, it apes the N Performance Hyundai models, which started with the i30 hot hatchback in 2017. It sounds a bit wishy-washy, but this combination of revved-up trim and slightly firmer suspension has been a fairly sure-fire hit in rivals such as Ford’s Kuga S-Line, Volkswagen’s Tiguan R-Line and Renault’s Kadjar GT-Line.
For the Tucson, the N-Line trim sits slightly under the top specification and gives you lots of red highlights, specific front and rear bumper packs and grilles with LED running lights, blacked-out trim on the door mirrors, larger 19-inch wheels and tyres, along with sports suspension on petrol versions only.