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Hyundai Tucson 2006 review

Overall towcar rating


Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2006
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2 litrelitres
  • Solo fuel economy: 50 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 35 miles per gallon
  • Nose weight: 75 kg
  • Body type: Other

Towcar summary

What's good?

Comfortable ride, all the kit full leather heated front seats, cruise control, power sunroof, 6 speed box I have a TDI tuning box which gives 177 BHP and huge torque increase plus about 6 mpg better fuel economy. It's just the right size and a good looking car

What's bad?

Although it's not supposed to be a true off roader, a lower gear transfer box would assist for manoeuvring with a caravan.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Really well, very stable and plenty of power it will pull all six gears fine but I find that unless going down hill or with the wind behind you fifth gear proves more economical.

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

It is such a lovely comfortable drive, you can clock huge miles and still be comfortable, it is without doubt the most powerful car I have ever owned, it looks a treat and for the money and owning it for one year it has proved the perfect car for our needs

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Be careful when manoeuvring with the van attached not too overheat the clutch as this can damage the dual mass flywheel my entire clutch and flywheel had to be replaced which cost way over 1000 but having said that the car had done over 100 K miles and I did burn the clutch by being lazy and not using the motor mover in tight manoeuvring situations. Make sure you but the 2006 model on as these have 138 Hp engine and six speed gearbox the 113 Hp 5 speed Tucsons are thirsty on fuel compared to the 138 Hp engine.

Practicality ****

Is it easy to live with?

It is easy to live with, only foible is a strange very low position for the luggage cover which makes a very reasonable sized boot quite small, the other odd thing is the indicator stalk is on the right, just like all older British cars, it has an amazing turning circle and doesn't seem to suffer underbody corrosion like many other Korean made 4x4s in fact it looks amazingly good for it's ten years of age the alloy wheels are good quality and even the spare is a full size allow wheel.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Independent showroom

What was the seller like?

I bought this car cheap from South Wales Trade Sales near Caerphilly in Wales. They are great to deal with and tend to sell higher mileage cars that franchised dealers trade on. Most modern diesels last forever if services regularly, in fact the Hyundai warranty was 5 years or one hundred thousand miles, so in today's terms when I bought mine it had 86,000 miles so was not high for a nine year old car.


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