Turbo Mantra
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GLS DCT Turbo Review

clifford chow
8 Nov 2016

Introduction & Exterior

Hyundai did a good job in pressing out shoulders along the side of the car

There is the ongoing trend of dropping light pressured turbo charges into cars with smaller engines, for benefits of fuel savings and near immediate engine response.

The Hyundai Tucson, originally in a naturally aspirated 2.0 guise was not spared the treatment.


Outwardly, there are no changes with the 2.0 we tested late last year. Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language is carried across into the turbocharged variant.

A large front grille flanked by a well-designed headlamp cluster, below them, a set of daytime running lights. Surrounding the base of the car, black trim which form around the wheel arches housing the 225/60R17 tyres, with some room in-between for a little wheel articulation, not that you’d that much. Hyundai did a good job in pressing out shoulders along the side of the car, forming just after the front wheel arch, and gently tapering off above where the rear tail lamps begin. On the front doors, a set of wing mirrors with signal repeaters.

The tapered-down roofline ends with a rear wing on the boot lid, which also houses the third tail lamp. Aft the “C” pillar, a small quarter glass completes the side window profile of the Korean SUV.

Rear styling of the Tucson features shaped red tail lamps, with a whited out area for the indicator and reverse lamps, on the lower half. Otherwise, the rear is kept clean. The rear bumper lower trim forms upward almost to hint of a diffuser, and hiding the car’s exhaust.

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Engine Capacity 1591cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (77 x 85)mm
Power 175bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 122.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 201 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7-speed Dual Clutch
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4475 x 1850 x 1660) mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm
Turning Circle 10.6 metres
Kerb Weight 1425 kg
Boot Capacity 488 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1478 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs