Hyundai Ireland must be Tuc-ing in to the bubbly up in head office on Dublin’s Naas road if last month’s sales figures are anything to go by.
The new Hyundai Tucson, which has reverted to its former name because the Yanks didn’t like ix35, is the best-selling car here. Close to 2,800 units have shifted from dealerships around the country so far this year.
It’s not the only reason Hyundai has reason to celebrate – the company has high hopes of breaking into the top three manufacturers in 2016, knocking one of the permanent ones off their perch.
Already those signs are looking good as the company was the best-selling manufacturer in Ireland in January.
Hyundai is neck-and-neck with Toyota at the moment, and both companies are practically switching position at the top of the table on a daily basis.
The new Hyundai Tucson is leading the charge for the brand and, after a week behind the wheel of one, I can see why.
Like so many of the other car companies, especially the French ones, Hyundai is trying hard to push the brand upmarket, and I think it has done a very good job of it.
On the outside, the new Tucson looks a whole lot smarter than the outgoing iX35. The new exterior features some sharper lines and the company’s newest-generation hexagonal grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive face.
The new Tucson has undergone a major makeover, and the soft-touch materials used throughout the cabin certainly give it that premium feel.
The new model has also increased in size with more leg and head room, and the boot size has increased by 48 litres to 513 litres, which Hyundai claim is the biggest boot in its class.
My test car for the week was the two-wheel drive 1.7-litre Tucson Premium range model, and it’s
no wonder why it is selling like hot cakes.
The Koreans have done a brilliant job on the interior, which was rather plain in the outgoing ix35. I would recommend to upgrade to at least the mid-table Executive range where you get some extra toys like sat nav, eight-inch touch screen, rear-view camera, front-seat warmers and leather seats.
My Premium added extras like panoramic sunroof, interior electro chromatic mirror and rain-sensing wipers.
On the road, the new Tucson feels like most other crossovers to drive. The commanding view is always a winner with the school mammies and the 1.7-litre diesel is all you will ever need.
Standard equipment has increased too, which is a good call from the company considering it has the market-leading Qashqai in its sights.
The core sales will come from the 1.7-litre (115bhp) diesel engine, although there is a 2.0-litre (136bhp) diesel and 1.6-litre (132bhp) petrol on offer.
Meanwhile, there is even better news if you are in the market for a new Tucson. Hyundai Ireland is offering some great deals to entice you to trade up or trade in.
All you have to do is trade in your current car before February 29 to avail of the Hyundai 161 ‘Trade & Upgrade’ scrappage offers.
The Korean brand is offering a scrappage bonus of up to €4,000 on certain models. This offer applies to the i10, i20, ix20, i30, i40 and all-new Tucson passenger models.
On top of that, you can also avail of Hyundai’s 161 Trade & Upgrade finance offers.
With Hyundai PCP, all you have to do is start with a deposit or part-exchange your current vehicle.
Then just choose your term, for example, 36 monthly installments. At the end of your term you can then decide to walk, talk, buy or sell.
It couldn’t be easier. Call in to your local Hyundai for more information.