2019 Hyundai Tucson Gains Sharper Looks And Kit

by under News on 08 Aug 2018 10:45:50 AM08 Aug 2018

And the range kicks off from $28,150 now, too.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Highlander

Korean carmaker Hyundai has announced the updated 2019 model-year updates to its popular Tucson lineup, bringing about kit & aesthetic revisions that should maintain the models’ sales momentum within the segment. The Tucson is a car that’s proven really rather impressive, and it’s a car that we liked quite a bit when we had it on test, and the 2019MY updates seem to make the Tucson that much more appealing as a whole.

And in addition to all of that, there’s a new variant too. The new Tucson Go brings a lower entry point into the range, with the most affordable model coming in at $28,150. 

2019 Hyundai Tucson Highlander
“With a crisp new look, greater safety and technology, the 2019 Tucson is an appealing upgrade of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV.” — Scott Grant, COO, Hyundai Motor Company Australia

What’ll be shared across the range is the new appearance: There’s an update to the marque’s ‘Cascading Grille,’ flanked by updated headlights and daytime running lights. There are also new bumpers on either end, as well as a new range of alloy wheels. 17-inch units are fitted to the Go & Active X variants, while machine-finished units measuring 18-inches and 19-inches are reserved for the Elite & Highlander models respectively.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Highlander

What is standard is the fitment of a floating-tablet infotainment system, replete with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, across the range. The base Tucson Go will use a 7.0-inch OEM unit, while the other 3 variants make use of a larger 8.0-inch unit with live traffic monitoring & lifetime map updates. Active X cars add things like leather trim, Infinity Premium audio, rear parking assist and tyre-pressure monitoring too.

Elite & Highlander cars benefit from the inclusion of Hyundai’s SmartSense advanced driver assistance package, which throws in forwards collision avoidance assist, blind-spot monitoring & collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and other kit too. These features are available on automatic Go & Active X models too, but as a cost option (though it’s well worth having, we think). 

2019 Hyundai Tucson Highlander

Our favourite engine, the diesel, doesn’t get any major revisions, though it has a new pairing: The 2.0-litre CRDI engine now works with a new 8-speed automatic, which will improve fuel economy and cruising refinement. The CRDI all-wheel drive powertrain continues to be available throughout the 4-strong lineup, while the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated front-driven powertrain is offered for Go, Active X, and Elite cars. The 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, dual-clutch auto, all-wheel drive combination remains a reserve for Elite & Highlander cars.

Engine Transmission Tuscon Go Tuscon ActiveX Tuscon Elite Tuscon Highlander
2.0GDI FWD 6-speed Manual $28,150 $31,350
2.0GDI FWD 6-speed Auto $30,650 $33,850 $37,850
1.6T-GDI AWD 7-speed DCT $40,850 $46,500
2.0CRDI AWD 8-speed Auto $35,950 $39,150 $43,150 $48,000

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