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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 7, 2017
S it, I wonder, an attempt at quirky Korean
humour that the new Hyundai Tucson,
celebrating 30 years in Australia, requires
turning the ignition key to start the engine
(no push-button fire-up) and eschews satellite
navigation. It certainly takes me back more
than a quarter of a century to the times when
Hyundai was a funny little cheap-an-cheerful car.
How things change. Hyundai is now
consistently in the top three sellers in Australia
with 10 or more per cent of total sales and has
a huge range of quality vehicles.
Seriously, the limited edition 30th
anniversary medium-size Hyundai SUV
stands shoulder to shoulder with a special
edition of its cousin, the Santa Fe large SUV
as a reminder of the South Korean marque’s
success Down Under with advanced levels of
performance, special features and value for
money. Only 300 examples of each vehicle are
bound for Australia.
At $37,750 the Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition,
plus on-road costs, sits in the centre of the
Tucson range and is covered by the Hyundai
iCare program and includes Lifetime Service
Plan, five-year unlimited kilometre warranty,
satellite navigation updates, complimentary
roadside assist for 12 months on new vehicles,
complimentary first service, a Customer Care
Centre and myHyundai owner website.
In styling terms the Tucson ‘30’ Special
Edition is no throw-back, exhibiting all the
physical features of the modern mid-size SUV.
Based on the Hyundai ActiveX model, the
Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition adds a combination
of matte-grey side steps and matte-black 19-
inch RAYS alloy wheels.
At the rear, the limited edition also sports a
new twin-outlet muffler integrated into the rear
bumper, which also incorporates a rear diffuser.
The Ash Blue exterior paint is exclusive to
the Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition together with
unique ‘30’ badging.
Projector beam headlights with escort and
welcome functions, automatic dusk-sensing
headlights, front fog lights are backed up by
LED daytime running Lights, an LED high-
mount stop light and LED front positioning
Hyundai Tucson ‘30’ has an interior is
spacious with surfaces and controls of soft-
touch materials and finishes.
Leather appointed seats include two-way
electric driver’s lumbar support and 60/40 split
folding rear seats with multi-stage backrest
angles. The load area incorporates a cargo
cover and net.
There’s a premium feel steering wheel and
gear knob, plus electric folding and heated side
mirrors and one-touch window operation with
anti-pinch safety switch.
The link to information and entertainment is
via a 7.0-inch touchscreen and six speakers. At
hand is MP3 capability, Apple CarPlay, Aux and
USB audio input with digital iPod compatibility.
Bluetooth connectivity includes hands-free
phone and audio streaming, while steering
wheel-mounted audio controls are at the
Newly introduced Apple CarPlay is advanced
smartphone technology providing access
to Apple Maps navigation, Siri command
functions – including hands-free phone calls,
messaging and dictation, music, calendar
entries, apps and more. Commands also can be
entered via the touchscreen.
Existing owners of Apple CarPlay can
be connected free of charge via a software
upgrade, taking just 15 minutes at Hyundai
dealership service departments.
With most people ‘packing’ a mobile phone
or tablet these days with access to satellite
facilities, the absence of a navigation system is
no great hardship.
The Tucson ‘30’ engine is a detuned version
of the direct-injection turbo-petrol unit that
powers the Veloster SR Turbo. It has peak
power of 130 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum
torque of 265 Nm between 1500 and 4500 revs.
The 1.6-litre motor is matched with
Hyundai’s in-house developed seven-speed
dual clutch transmission and Hyundai’s Active
On-Demand AWD system with front and rear
High-strength steels make up more than half
the Tucson body structure, while hot-stamped
AHSS structural components are present in the
engine bay, B- and C-pillars, and extend under
the cabin and across the roof, improving side-
crash safety and adding to roof strength.
Crash-avoidance features are electronic
stability control system, reversing camera with
active guidelines, four-sensor rear parking
assist, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and
LED high-mounted stop light and daytime
Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s gun
chassis development team ran a detailed
rule over each Tucson variant, including the
Tucson ‘30’, collating data in 103 tests of
different damper, spring, stabiliser bar and tyre
combinations. The ride and handling benefit
with comfort and assuredness.
The new Tucson’s drag co-efficient of 0.33
reduces wind noise was kept to a minimum,
while fuel economy came in at six to seven
litres per 100 kilometres on the open road and
around 10 to 12 litres around town.
Emission standards are Euro 5.
The engine takes time to ‘get into gear’, then
really hits its straps around the 5000 rev mark.
Engine growl is evident only when the motor is
There is some road noise intrusion on
courser road surfaces.
A Drive Mode Select system offers two
settings – Normal and Eco - each altering
transmission programming, throttle mapping
and steering effort.
Cargo area access has been improved over
the previous model with a wider tailgate
opening. Handy features include luggage
screen, retractable rear parcel hooks and an
underfloor full-size spare.
It may have taken 30 years to get here but the
compact Tucson ‘30’ has stepped up into the
mid-size SUV segment with something ‘Special’
that’s big on features. It will need to be, just
to make its mark in the highly competitive
• 19-inch RAY’s alloy wheels in matte black
with 245/45R19 tyres
• 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Six airbags –
driver and front passenger, driver and front
passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains
• Electronic Stability Control including
traction control, anti-lock braking with
electronic brake-force Distribution, brake
assist, vehicle stability management down-
hill brake control and hill-start assist
• Rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines,
• Projector beam headlights with escort and
welcome functions, automatic dusk-sensing
headlights, front fog lights
• 7in touchscreen audio with MP3 capability,
6 speakers with Apple CarPlay, AUX / USB
audio input with digital iPod compatibility
• Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone
and audio streaming)
• Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
• Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted
• One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7
• Drivers’ side one-touch window up and down
with anti-pinching safety feature
For more information, contact North Star
Motors LMCT 8241 at 29 Orange Avenue,
Mildura, phone 5021 3866 or visit www.nstar.
The Tucson ‘30’ celebrates Hyundai’s leading
in Australia with a range of ‘little extras’.
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