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Facelifted Hyundai Tucson goes on sale from from £32k

Published: 04 April 2024 Updated: 04 April 2024

► Hyundai Tucson gets mid-life nip/tuck 
► Design tweaks outside, Kona tech inside
► Price starts from £32k; under £36k for hybrid

Hyundai has revealed the mid-life facelift for its popular Tucson SUV. This new model has a mildly updated exterior and redesigned dashboard and centre console, and is available to order now.

For this update, Hyundai has softened the front end of the car slightly, replacing the sharp-edged daytime running lights with new more rounded models. The grille has a wider appearance, while the headlights remain underneath the DRLs. A full-width skidplate-style silver element adds greater visual width. It’s perhaps testament to just how futuristic the Tucson looked at launch in 2020 that it still looks ahead of the times even with such a mild facelift. 

The car’s intricately surfaced flanks and squared-off wheelarches remain, and they’re filled with new alloy wheels. 

Hyundai Tucson interior

Inside, Hyundai’s redesigned the dashboard with a single piece of glass covering both infotainment and driver information screens – the old car had these in separate binnacles. The air vents now occupy a full-width strip of the dashboard, and are set lower than before. There’s also a new climate control panel sitting above a redesigned centre console, prominently incorporating a wireless charging pad. 

The new steering wheel eschews the Hyundai ‘H’ badge in favour of the small horizontal strip found on its Kona model – there’s also redesigned switchgear. The gear selector has also moved to the steering column, again echoing the Kona. 

The new dash certainly doesn’t appear to have any room for a manual transmission shifter – it’s possible Hyundai may do the same as Kia does with the base-spec Sportage and offer a radically different centre console for models with a manual gearbox. 

Hyundai Tucson side profile

Despite dwindling manual transmission sales, Hyundai will also continue to sell a six-speed manual ‘box at the entry point in its range, mated to a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol. Every other model is either mild, full or plug-in hybrid and has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

Prices start at £32,000 for an entry level Advance model with that aforementioned 1.6-litre manual model. If you want a mild hybrid, prices start from £34,000, a conventional hybrid starts from £35,640 and a plug-in hybrid version costs from £39,275.

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By Tom Wiltshire

Bauer Automotive staff writer; enjoys Peugeots, naturally-aspirated diesels, column shifts and steel wheels

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