In a segment dominated by its Japanese peers, the all-new Hyundai Tucson has its work cut out for it in Malaysia. Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors’ revealed two variants of the third-gen Korean SUV here, being the 2.0 Elegance and the 2.0 Executive, in its bid to upstage the likes of the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage.
On its back foot from the off, the locally-assembled Hyundai Tucson not only faces stiff competition in the local SUV arena, but that it’s a Korean model somewhat automatically brands it negatively in these quarters – apparently with shoddy build quality, lacking inspiration and poor resale values. While we can’t speak much for the model’s aftermarket tendencies, we can take a closer look at what a brand-new model has to offer.
As mentioned, two variants of the Tucson were launched here, the base 2.0 Elegance at RM129,990 and the range-topping 2.0 Executive at RM142,632 — both listed prices are on-the-road and without insurance. The variant up for review here is the top-spec 2.0 Executive, equipped with all of the locally-available bells and whistles. But before we dive into all that, let’s take a look at the third-gen model’s prime offerings first.