The Hyundai Tucson III has very successful engine-gearbox-drive combinations. But the suspension, the robot and the notorious neutralizer managed to spoil the reputation of a good car.
The third-generation Hyundai Tucson crossover has been assembled in Kaliningrad since 2016. He lived in parallel with the fourth generation Kia Sportage, whose sales began a little later. They have a common chassis and all the main components and assemblies.
Restyling (2018), in addition to updating the outside and inside, brought several new units: a 2.4 petrol engine, a 1.6 diesel engine, a robot, an 8-speed hydraulic automatic.
Manual – only 6% of cars on the secondary. Two-thirds are all-wheel drive.Hyundai Tucson III
Hyundai Tucson III
The main thing is the absence of major flaws. A sea of combinations motor-box-drive type.The trunk looks correct, but according to the measurements “Behind the wheel”, it has only 364 liters “under the shelf”, which in some trim levels may not be.
The trunk looks correct, but according to the measurements “Behind the wheel”, it has only 364 liters “under the shelf”, which in some trim levels may not be.
Soft paintwork is prone to chips and scratches, chrome quickly becomes cloudy. The real clearance of 165 mm is not all-terrain.
About 70% of cars are with the G4NA 2.0 engine (150 hp). His reputation has been tarnished by massive cases of bullying. Initially, they sinned only on ceramic dust sucked into the cylinders from the converter. But motors also suffer from oil starvation – when driving without warming up and with insufficient lubrication. This version is confirmed by the fact that 9 out of 10 engines do not have scoring, although everyone has converters. Neutralizers, however, have a really unpredictable resource. It is possible that the “floating” fuel quality is to blame here, and AI‑92 is allowed for the G4NA.
Be that as it may, in 2017 additional oil nozzles were introduced. But even without them, many engines have successfully withstood over 300 thousand km. The older 2.4 (184 hp) has a similar character – if you follow all the regulations and pour AI-95, nothing terrible will happen.
Diesel 2.0 (185 hp) is extremely sensitive to the quality of fuel and oil, and requires perfect care. One bad filling can ruin a lot. But he is also considered prosperous and reliable – a resource of about 400 thousand km.
The controversial options are a 1.6 diesel engine (D4FD index, 136 hp) and a 1.6 petrol turbo engine (G4FJ, 177 hp), which has a weak timing chain. Both are extremely whimsical, eat oil from low runs, and are combined only with a robotic box.
The 7DCT robot with two clutches is nervous: jerks and jerks after 50 thousand km, dead clutches, sometimes a two-mass flywheel. The factory changed the clutch under warranty and updated the firmware of the control electronics. Perhaps he will withstand 250 thousand km, but at what cost?
For the rest of the gearboxes, there are at least questions: both manual gearboxes and automatic machines of all types usually require attention no earlier than 150 thousand km. The MCP has a third gear synchronizer at risk.
The new eight-speed automatic (A8LF2) is not bad, but it does not tolerate slipping – it strives to go into emergency mode.
The all-wheel drive clutch and gearbox splines are also delicate and not suitable for mud feats.
Wheel bearings, ball and shock absorbers are rather weak, sometimes they were changed under warranty. Only with a very careful ride, all elements can withstand 80-100 thousand km. For the steering rack, this is also the limit – more often the repair matures at 50-60 thousand. The converter is often rented in the region of 40-60 thousand km. Many owners don’t replace it with a new one (the original is frighteningly expensive; “universal” ones die even faster), but simply remove it by inserting a flame arrester pipe. The decision is reasonable, but such an alteration is generally prohibited. On early cars, brake pads quickly wore out and spoiled discs – up to 10-20 thousand km. The problem was later ironed out. The rear calipers are prone to souring and need to be cleaned and lubricated.
Euro NCAP: 2015: five stars. Driver/Passenger 86%, Child 85%, Pedestrian 71%, Safety Assist Systems 71%
The most massive offer on the resale: Tucson 2.0 automatic transmission, 4 × 4
Best choice: Tuscon 2.0 manual or automatic, 4×2
For the same money: Audi Q3, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail
We have collected five crossovers with mileage and an eternal (almost eternal!) Automatic machine here. “Behind the wheel” can be viewed on YouTube
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