After its global debut in April, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson is now on sale in Australia. A mid-life facelift consisting of new technology, a light styling update and a new interior, the facelifted Tucson is still a handsome medium SUV.
Like its platform-sharing cousin, the Kia Sportage, the Tucson has introduced a new eight-speed automatic for the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, as well as a brand new interior similar to the new Santa Fe large SUV. The entry-level Active has been renamed Go, and there’s also more equipment across the range.
As with the 2018 Tucson, the lineup for the 2019 model consists of four different models for buyers to choose from. The entry-level Active has been renamed Go to fit in with the i30 hatchback, whilst the Active X, Elite and Highlander continue to be sat further above. The same four-cylinder drivetrains are available, with a 121kW/203Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, a 132KW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine continuing from before unchanged aside from the new eight-speed automatic in the diesel.
The renamed 2019 Hyundai Tucson Go now sits at the entry point of the range, and is priced from $28,150 plus on-road costs. The Go includes a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear foglights, cruise control, automatic headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Above the Go is the Active X, which is priced from $31,350 plus on-road costs. The Active X adds a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, an Infinity sound system, tyre pressure monitoring, a rear USB port, electric front seat lumbar adjustment, heated and auto-folding mirrors and leather upholstery.
Disappointingly, both the Go and Active X remain without standard autonomous emergency braking (unlike the Mazda CX-5), but it is available in a $2,000 Safety Sense package for both models (auto only). This option package also adds forward collision warning, radar cruise control with stop & go functionality, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, driver attention alert, dual-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox, an electronic handbrake, puddle lamps and automatic high beam.
The Elite (from $38,150) then adds larger 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and push button start, a luggage net, an electric driver’s seat, automatic wipers, privacy glass and chrome exterior door handles.
The top-spec Highlander (from $46,500) then adds 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-LED headlights with cornering lights, LED tailights, front parking sensors, a panoramic glass sunroof, an electric front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, an electric tailgate, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a 4.2-inch driver’s display, a heated steering wheel, solar glass, a twin-tip exhaust, front and rear skid plates and Qi wireless phone charging.
2019 Hyundai Tucson pricing (plus on-road costs):
Go petrol 2WD 6-speed manual: $28,150 (currently $27,990 drive away)
Go petrol 2WD 6-speed automatic: $30,650
Go diesel AWD 6-speed automatic: $35,950
Active X petrol 2WD 6-speed manual: $31,350
Active X petrol 2WD 6-speed automatic: $33,850
Active X diesel AWD 8-speed automatic: $39,150
Elite petrol 2WD 6-speed automatic: $37,850
Elite turbo petrol AWD 7-speed dual-clutch automatic: $40,850
Elite diesel AWD 8-speed automatic: $43,150
Highlander turbo petrol AWD 7-speed dual-clutch automatic: $46,500
Highlander diesel AWD 8-speed automatic: $48,800
Safety Sense pack (Go and Active X automatics): $2,200
Beige interior (Active X, Elite, Highlander): $295
Metallic paint: $595
Stay tuned to Chasing Cars for our first drive review of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson over the coming weeks.