Hyundai Tucson

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Hyundai Tucson
2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS -- 04-21-2010.jpg
Manufacturer Hyundai
Production 2004–present
Model years 2005–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover
Body style Five-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, or four-wheel-drive

The Hyundai Tucson (Korean: 현대 투싼) is a compact sport utility vehicle (compact SUV) produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2004. In the marque's lineup, the Tucson fits below the Santa Fe and Veracruz. It is named after the city of Tucson, Arizona.

First generation (2004–2009)[edit]

First generation
Hyundai Tucson .jpg
Also called Hyundai JM (Japan)
Beijing-Hyundai Tucson
Production 2004–2009
2010–present (Brazil)
2007–present (Ukraine)
2005–2010 (Taiwan)
Model years 2005-2009
Assembly Ulsan, South Korea
Chennai, India
Anápolis, Brazil
Beijing, China
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)
Cherkasy, Ukraine (Bogdan)
Taiwan (SYM Motors)
Body and chassis
Related Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Matrix
Hyundai Tiburon
Kia Spectra/Cerato
Kia Sportage
Engine 2.0L Beta II I4 petrol
2.7L Delta V6 petrol
2.0L CRDI I4 diesel
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,630 mm (103.5 in)
Length 4,325 mm (170.3 in)
Width 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
1,730 mm (68.1 in)

The first generation Tucson was launched in 2004. It shares its Elantra-based platform with the redesigned 2005 Kia Sportage. The Tucson is in the same class as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.[1][2]


Model Years Type Power,torque@rpm
Petrol engines
2.0 2004–2009 1,975 cc (1.975 L; 120.5 cu in) I4 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp)@6000, 184 N·m (136 lb·ft)@4500
2.7 V6 2004–2009 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) V6 175 PS (129 kW; 173 hp)@6000, 241 N·m (178 lb·ft)@4000
Diesel engines
2.0 CRDi 2004–2006 1,991 cc (1.991 L; 121.5 cu in) I4 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp), 245 N·m (181 lb·ft)@2000 rpm
2.0 CRDi 2006–2009 1,991 cc (1.991 L; 121.5 cu in) I4 turbo 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp)@3800 rpm, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@1800-2500 rpm
2.0 CRDi (Italy) 2006–2009 1,991 cc (1.991 L; 121.5 cu in) I4 turbo 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp)@4000 rpm, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@2000 rpm

Later 2.0 CRDi models include variable geometry turbocharger.


Model Years Standard Optional
2.0 2004–2009 5-speed manual 4-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC
2.7 V6 2004–2009 4-speed automaic with SHIFTRONIC -
2.0 CRDi 2004–2006 5-speed manual 4-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC
2.0 CRDi 2006–2009 6-speed manual 4-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

In the USA, the 2.0 model, automatic is standard in Limited trim.


Model Years Drive
2.0 2004–2009 FWD, 4WD
2.7 V6 2004–2009 FWD, 4WD
2.0 CRDi 2004–2006 4WD
2.0 CRDi 2006–2009 FWD, 4WD

Four wheel drive models of the Tucson include a Borg-Warner torque controller system.


2007–2010 Hyundai Tucson City Elite (Australia)

In the USA, the Tucson is offered in base GLS, mid-line SE, and top-tier Limited (formerly LX) trim levels for 2007 models. Earlier 2005 and 2006 models were offered as GL/GLS/Limited. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, six airbags, electronic stability control, a CD player, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and premium cloth seats. The SE adds to the roster with contrasting gray body cladding, a different alloy design, an AM/FM/Cassette/CD as well as fog lights and a front windshield wiper de-icing grid. The Limited adds leather seating surfaces, a 6-disc in dash CD changer, body-colored cladding, automatic climate control, and heated seats. The SE and Limited are only available with the 2.7-litre V6. The GLS comes only with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder.

The Tucson offers modest cargo space but its easy-to-fold seats can expand this volume so they lie flat. Even the front passenger seat folds flat for extra-long cargo.


There are dual-stage frontal impact airbags, torso side-impact airbags built into the front seats, and curtain airbags for side-impact protection for front and rear passengers.

2009 Hyundai Tucson by the USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)[3]

  • Frontal Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Passenger): 5/5 stars
  • Side Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Side Rating (Passenger): 5/5 stars


Changes for 2006 were minimal. The LX became the Limited and got color-coded cladding, automatic climate control, and a high-performance sound system . The GLS retained the gray cladding but 'HYUNDAI' is no longer branded into the cladding on the front doors. The GLS also got improved cloth seats with the option of a heating element. Both GLS and Limited got redesigned alloy wheels. The base GL remained unchanged.


Changes for 2007 were also minimal. The GL and GLS trims were renamed to GLS and SE, respectively, to match the standard for all new Hyundai vehicles.


2009 Hyundai Tucson

2009 Tucsons see minor restyling and trim changes.

Tucson FCEV (2005)[edit]

Hyundai Tucson FCEV

The Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is a test fuel cell vehicle for Hyundai's 2nd generation hydrogen fuel cell. The vehicle includes an 80 kW electric motor by Enova Systems of Torrance, California, UTC Fuel Cells by South Windsor, Connecticut, 152V battery co-developed by Hyundai Motor Co. and LG Chem in Seoul, Korea, 152 litres (33 imp gal; 40 US gal) hydrogen storage tanks developed by Dynetek Industries Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The vehicle has range of 300 kilometres (186.4 mi) and top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).[4]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 at the Los Angeles Auto Show[5] and completed a 4,300-mile (6,900 km) journey as part of the Hydrogen Road Tour in 2008.[6]

CRTD Xenith (2007–2009)[edit]

It is a version of the 2.0 CRDi 6-speed manual 4WD for UK market. It included following:

  • Colour-coded side mouldings and bumpers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Two tone leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • Alcantara covered instrument cluster surround, gear gaiter, steering wheel, handbrake, armrest, door pull linings and door inserts
  • Birds eye black maple wood effect trim on dashboard, console and door pulls
  • Leather and alloy sports gear knob
  • Luxury stainless steel embossed door entry guards
  • Aluminium sports pedal trims
  • 19" multi spoke alloy wheels with polished rims

The vehicle has MSRP of £20,670.[7]

25th Anniversary Edition (2008)[edit]

It is a version of the 2009 Tucson 2.0 GLS FWD model with premium Kenwood stereo system, a Garmin in-dash GPS system, a 2-way power sunroof, body colour door handles and mirrors.[8]

The options cost $1,000.[9]

International markets[edit]

In Japan, it was sold as Hyundai JM. Sold in Europe, but not EuroNCAP tested.


The Tucson received accolades from Canadian Car of the Year Best New Crossover award for 2005.

The Tucson is named as one of the most reliable vehicles from 2009 Consumer Reports reliability survey.[10]

Second generation (2009–present)[edit]

Second generation
Hyundai ix35 front 20100328.jpg
Also called Hyundai ix35
Hyundai Tucson ix (South Korea)
Hyundai Tucson ix35 (Colombia)
Production 2009–present
Model years 2010-present
Assembly Ulsan, South Korea
Žilina Plant, Žilina, Slovakia
Beijing, China
Bekasi, Indonesia (2010-)
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)
Nošovice, Czech Republic (2011)
Taiwan (SYM Motors)
Malaysia (Hyundai Malaysia)
Anápolis, Brazil (2013-)
Designer Thomas Bürkle[11]
Body and chassis
Related Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai i30
Kia Sportage
Kia cee'd
Kia Forte
Kia Forte Koup
Engine 1.6 L Gamma GDI I4 (petrol)
2.0 L Theta II I4 (petrol)
2.0 L Nu I4 (petrol)
2.4 L Theta II I4 (petrol)
1.7 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
2.0 L R-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 4,410 mm (173.6 in)
Width 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height 1,655–1,685 mm (65.2–66.3 in)
Curb weight 1,425–1,580 kg (3,142–3,483 lb)

In most markets outside South Korea, the Hyundai Tucson name (also known as the 'Hyundai Tucson ix' in Korea) was retired in favour of Hyundai ix35. The ix35 was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.[12] The power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features have been all upgraded. Known by the project name LM, it took 36 months and 280 billion won (approx. US$225 million) to develop. Saeki Yoshikazu, Toyota engineer, who is a chief engineer of Toyota RAV4 said, "I test drove Tucson ix. Even I think Tucson ix is a very good vehicle. It is very stylish, too."[13]


The ix35's styling was reported to be based on Hyundai ix-onic concept.[14] The ix35 was penned by former BMW designer Thomas Buerkle at Hyundai's Russelsheim design studio in Germany and continues the company's styling language, marketed as "fluidic sculpture".[15][16] The compact crossover vehicle has sweeping coupe-like lines, a premium vehicle feel and comes with features unavailable on its predecessor.


2010 Hyundai ix35 (LM) Active (Australia)

The Tucson/ix35 is available with several engines: an all-new 2-litre diesel R engine, one of two Theta-II gasoline engine variants (2.0L or 2.4L), 1.7L UII diesel and 1.6L Gamma GDI gasoline. The later two only in Europe. The automatic transmission is Hyundai’s all-new six-speed design. The manual transmissions available in Europe is a 6-speed for 1.7 and 2.0 diesels and 1.6 Gamma and a 5-speed for 2.0 Theta. The 2-litre diesel engine, available outside of North America, meets the Euro-5 emissions standards and achieves 15.4 kilometers per liter fuel economy with maximum power output of 184 horsepower. The 2.0L gasoline engine has a fuel economy of 11.7 kilometers per liter with 166 horsepower. In South Korea, the diesel engine is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive configurations, while the 2.0L gasoline engine is available only in front-wheel-drive. The North American versions are powered by either the 2.0L producing 165 horsepower or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 176 horsepower mated to the six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine makes almost the same power as the previous generation V6 engine while managing 20% better fuel economy than the previous generation four-cylinder.[17]

The Tucson/ix35 sold in the USA comes in three trims: GL, GLS and Limited, with All-Wheel Drive available for GLS and Limited trims. The GL comes with a standard manual transmission, but a 6-speed automatic transmission is available and is standard on GLS and Limited. Features include available steering wheel-mounted audio controls, hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity, navigation system, and a standard iPod interface system including iPod cable. An array of advanced safety equipment is standard, including Hillstart Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control. A Proximity Key and Push Button Start system is available in the Korean market but not the North American. The North American version uses a different gauge cluster design than the Korean version.

2014 model Tucson for North America have been upgraded with GDI direct injected theta-II engines that obtain more power and better emissions, LED tail/head lights, more stylish alloy rim designs, and a few minor improvements to the interior/audio system.


The 2011 Tucson offered in the USA a new GL trim which replaces the 2010 GLS model as Tucson's base trim. The GL is powered by a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic transmission in order to obtain better fuel economy than the 2.4-liter engine. The 2011 GLS trim includes the features of the 2010 "Popular Equipment Package" and an automatic transmission as standard equipment. Limited models now include standard electrochromatic mirrors with Homelink and has received Sachs dampeners to provide a smoother ride. The electronic stability control and motor driven power steering systems have been enhanced for improved performance. All AWD models now receive standard heated seats.


Some of the notable features of Tucson are as follows:

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control: improves the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and minimizing skids
  • Downhill Brake Control and Hillstart Assist Control: DBC allows the vehicle to maintain a safe speed on steep declines without having to use the brakes while HAC helps the vehicle maintain its position on a steep or slippery hill without rolling backwards.
  • Emergency Stop Signal: In the event of a panic stop, this feature automatically triggers the emergency hazard lights whose flashing alerts the driver behind thus reducing the risk of rear-end crashes.
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Proximity Key


A 2010 Tucson GLS crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

The second-generation Hyundai Tucson earned 'Top Safety Pick' award from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the USA [18]

IIHS scores[19]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Poor
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good

Third generation (2016–)[edit]

Third generation

On February 17th, 2015 Hyundai released the first details about its next-generation Tucson ahead of the crossover's official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2015.

This model will arrive in showrooms in the second half of the year, as a 2016 model, and for the first time will use the Tucson name in all markets where it’s sold.[20]


  1. ^ Competitors of CR-V, Similar vehicles the Official Honda Web Site
  2. ^ Similar Vehicles of Tucson Hyundai Motor America
  3. ^ 2009 Hyundai Tucson NHTSA Star Rating
  4. ^ "Hyundai Tucson Hybrid FCEV". 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  5. ^ Keegan, Walter J (2005-12-18). "L.A. Auto Show: Hyundai Tucson FCEV". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  6. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2008-11-19). "LA 2008: Hyundai announces Blue Drive efficiency strategy, 2010 Sonata hybrid". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  7. ^ Nunez, Alex (2007-03-27). "In UK, Hyundai Tucson reaches its Xenith". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  8. ^ "Hyundai Tucson 25th Anniversary Edition". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  9. ^ "2009 Hyundai Tucson 25th Anniversary Edition Road Test Review". 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  10. ^ Consumer Reports' 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey October 27, 2009. Reuters
  11. ^ "Thomas Bürkle". Hyundai Motor UK Ltd. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  12. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2009-08-18). "Frankfurt Preview: Hyundai officially teases the new Tucson *UPDATED". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  13. ^ Toyota chief engineer praise Tucson ix(Korean) 2009.11.03. MoneyToday newspaper
  14. ^ Ramsey, Jonathon (2009-08-09). "Hyundai ix35 (i.e. the new Tucson) spotted in Sydney". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  15. ^ New Hyundai ix35 Car September 08, 2009.
  16. ^ Made in Germany | Hyundai`s success - Designed in Germany 2009, DW-TV (Deutsche Welle)
  17. ^ "Hyundai Unveils Redesigned 2010 Tucson". 
  18. ^ 2010 Hyundai Tucson Earns IIHS “TOP SAFETY PICK” 10/06/2010. The FINANCIAL
  19. ^
  20. ^ 2016 Hyundai Tucson Press Release 02/17/2016. AutoBlog

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