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December 2022 - Hyundai Tucson Petrol, Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Hyundai Tucson you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Tucson’s petrol and diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson with similarly-priced competitor SUVs like Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Citroen C5 Aircross.

Hyundai Tucson 2022

Also Read: Jeep Meridian Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Hyundai Tucson?

The pros or advantages of Hyundai Tucson are:

  • ADAS features now available in the higher variant of the Tucson
  • Offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines
  • 4WD available at a reasonable price with the diesel-automatic powertrain and it solidifies Tucson’s claims over the SUV badge
  • It offers a very long list of features even in the base Platinum variant

The Hyundai Tucson has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Non-turbo petrol engine offers poor power and torque output compared to its rivals; the fluid coupling of the torque converter automatic will further affect its fuel efficiency
  • The diesel engine carries a hefty Rs. 2.50 - 2.70 lakh premium over the petrol engine
  • Despite a noticeably longer length, the Tucson is quite a bit narrower and lower than the C5 Aircross, which also has 38mm better ground clearance
  • Missing features like puddle lamps, rear window and rear windshield curtains, wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay

What Is The Price Of Hyundai Tucson Variants?

The new Hyundai Tucson is available in 2 variants with petrol-automatic and diesel-automatic powertrains. The Tucson Platinum and Signature variants with the petrol-automatic powertrain cost Rs. 27.70 lakh and Rs. 30.17 lakh, respectively.

The 2 Tucson diesel variants cost Rs. 30.20 lakh and Rs. 32.87 lakh and they’re 2.50 - 2.70 lakh pricier than the petrol variants. The top-spec Signature variant with the diesel-automatic powertrain is also available with 4-wheel-drive for an additional Rs. 1.52 lakh and costs Rs. 34.39 lakh (ex-showroom).

HYUNDAI TUCSON | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | DECEMBER 2022

Variant

Petrol-Automatic

Difference

Diesel-Automatic

Platinum

Rs. 27,69,700

Rs. 2,50,000

Rs. 30,19,700

Signature

Rs. 30,17,000

Rs. 2,70,000

Rs. 32,87,000

Signature 4WD

-

-

Rs. 34,39,000

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Hyundai Tucson Petrol Vs Diesel — Should You Buy The Hyundai Tucson Diesel?

At first glance, the Tucson diesel seems quite expensive as it carries a healthy premium of Rs. 2.50 - 2.70 lakh over the comparable petrol-automatic variants. With such a high price gap, even the better fuel efficiency will only help you recover this higher upfront cost in about 1.20 - 1.30 lakh kilometres.

However, the significantly better performance of the Tucson diesel alone justifies almost 70% of this price gap. If you want better performance with the Tucson and are willing to pay an appropriate price, then the higher fuel efficiency pays back for the rest of the price gap in about 32,000 to 42,000km. This km-to-breakeven figure sounds a lot more reasonable

Please note that these calculations are based on the official mileage figures of the older model of the Tucson, which also uses the same petrol and diesel engines. We’ve also considered the fuel prices as of December 2022 to come to these final figures.

Depending on whether you value the better performance of the Tucson diesel over the petrol model, the fuel efficiency advantage and your usage during the ownership, you can decide if you should buy the Tucson diesel or petrol.

HYUNDAI TUCSON PETROL VS DIESEL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

 

KM-To-Breakeven

KM-To-Breakeven (w/ performance benefit)

Cost Over Petrol

Platinum

1,20,000km

32,000km

Rs. 2,50,000

Signature

1,30,000km

41,000km

Rs. 2,70,000

Hyundai Tucson Platinum - Base Model Features

The base Platinum variant of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson costs Rs. 27.70 lakh with the petrol-automatic and Rs. 30.20 lakh with the diesel-automatic powertrain. The base Tucson Platinum diesel-automatic costs Rs. 2.50 lakh more than the petrol-automatic powertrain. You can refer the table below to for the safety and style related features of the Tucson Platinum variant:

2022 HYUNDAI TUCSON PLATINUM

BASE MODEL FEATURES

Safety

Style

Std. safety features

Hill descent control

LED DRLs

LED headlamps

Tyre pressure sensors

LED tail lamps

LED cornering lights

ISOFIX

Roof rails

Electronic parking brake

Front parking sensors

18-inch alloy wheels

Rear defogger

Front seatbelt pretensioners

Shark-fin antenna

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Speed-sensing auto door Lock

10.25-inch colour instrument cluster

Rear wiper & washer

Rear disc brakes

Ambient lighting

Blind spot monitor

Electronic stability control

Leather upholstery

360-degree camera

Hill start assist

Leather steering

2x front side thorax airbags

 

Door sill plates

2x curtain airbags

 

Panoramic sunroof

Below are the entertainment and functional features of the Hyundai Tucson Platinum variant:

2022 HYUNDAI TUCSON PLATINUM

BASE MODEL FEATURES

Entertainment

Functional

10.25-inch touchscreen

Cruise control

2-zone auto AC

All power windows

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

60-40 split rear seatback

Rear AC vents

Adjustable front & rear headrests

Steering-mounted controls

Tilt & telescopic steering

10-way power driver seat

LED cabin lights

Telematics (connected car tech)

4x drive modes

Wireless phone charger

Front & rear USB charger

8x speakers

Front & rear armrest

Keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop

Luggage net & hook

Voice recognition

12V boot power outlet

Engine start w/ remote

Boot lamp

 

Automatic headlamps

Auto wipers

Height-adjustable front seatbelts

 

Power mirrors

Power folding

Rear parcel curtain

Even the base variant of the new 2022 Tucson offers a decent number of features. If you’re not interested in the ADAS related features, then the Platinum variant is a suitable choice for Tucson petrol as well as diesel buyers.

Hyundai Tucson Platinum vs Signature Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Tucson top-spec Signature variant costs Rs. 30.17 lakh with the petrol-automatic and Rs. 32.87 lakh with the diesel automatic powertrain. The price difference between the Tucson Signature petrol and diesel engines is Rs. 2.70 lakh. The 2022 Tucson diesel is also available with 4WD for an additional Rs. 1.52 lakh and it costs Rs. 34.39 lakh (ex-showroom).

HYUNDAI TUCSON PLATINUM VS SIGNATURE

PRICE COMPARISON

Powertrain

Platinum

Difference

Signature

Petrol-Auto

Rs. 27,69,700

Rs. 2,47,300

Rs. 30,17,000

Difference

Rs. 2,50,000

 

Rs. 2,70,000

Diesel-Auto

Rs. 30,19,700

Rs. 2,67,300

Rs. 32,87,000

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,52,000

Diesel-4WD Auto

-

-

Rs. 34,39,000

For the additional Rs. 2.47 - 2.67 lakh over the base variant, the Signature variant offers the following notable features:

  • 11 ADAS related features
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Terrain modes (4WD only)
  • Powered boot lid

Even the top variant of the Tucson doesn’t get some features like:

  • Puddle lamps
  • Rear window curtains
  • Rear windshield curtain
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay

For Tucson petrol buyers, the upgrade to the Signature variant are justified because of the ADAS features. However, if you’re not interested in the ADAS features, then you can buy the lower Platinum variant.

For Tucson diesel buyers also, the upgrade to the Signature variant is almost justified if you want the ADAS features. But, with the 4WD option, the Tucson offers much better value for money. So, we will suggest considering the Tucson diesel 4WD for better value and you should buy the Platinum variant only if you’re not interested in the ADAS features.

HYUNDAI TUCSON SIGNATURE

FEATURES OVER PLATINUM

Functional

ADAS

8-way powered passenger seat

Blind spot monitoring & avoidance

Forward collision warning & avoidance

Passenger seat electric adjustment option for driver

Rear cross traffic warning & avoidance

Leading vehicle departure alert

Powered boot lid

Lane follow assist

Safe exit warning

Driver seat memory

Lane keep assist

High beam assist

Ventilated & heated front seats

Driver attention assist

Adaptive cruise control

3x terrain modes (4WD only)

Lane departure warning

 

Which Variant Of The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Should You Buy?

To decide if you should buy the Tucson with the petrol or diesel engine, you can refer to the petrol-vs-diesel section, which is available towards the top of this article. Once you have figured out which engine you want, the choice is fairly simple.

If you’re not interested in the ADAS features, then you should consider the base variant. If you want the ADAS features, then you can buy the Tucson Signature petrol variant. For Tucson diesel buyers, the Signature 4WD offers better value. So, we’ll suggest Signature diesel-2WD buyers to consider upgrading to 4-wheel drivetrain.

2022 HYUNDAI TUCSON

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Petrol

Platinum

Rank 1

Rs 27,69,700

For those who don’t want to spend for ADAS

Signature

Rank 1

Rs 30,17,000

Worth upgrading for the added features

Diesel

Platinum

Rank 2

Rs 30,19,700

Suitable for those buyers who don’t want ADAS features

Signature

Rank 3

Rs 32,87,000

Upgrade to 4WD for better value

Signature 4WD

Rank 1

Rs 34,39,000

Top recommendation for Tucson diesel buyers

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Hyundai Tucson Petrol?

The Tucson is available with a 2.0L normal petrol engine. Compared to the rivals like Compass petrol and Tiguan petrol, this one makes less torque as it doesn't get a turbocharger. It gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission and has the lowest mileage figure compared to the Tiguan and Compass.

HYUNDAI TUCSON vs RIVALS

PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Hyundai Tucson

Jeep Compass

Volkswagen Tiguan

Engine

2.0L

1.4L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

Displacement

1999cc

1368cc

1984cc

Power

156PS @ 6200rpm

163PS @ 5500rpm

190PS @ 4200rpm

Torque

192Nm @ 4500rpm

250Nm @ 2500 - 4000rpm

320Nm @ 1500 - 4100rpm

Manual

-

6-speed

-

Manual FE

-

15.0kmpl

-

Automatic

6-speed TC

7-speed DCT

7-speed DCT

Automatic FE

13.08kmpl*

14.5kmpl

NA

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Hyundai Tucson Diesel?

Just like its rivals, the Tucson also gets a 2.0L turbo diesel engine. It makes 186PS of power and 416Nm of torque, both of which are better than its rivals — Jeep Compass and Citroen C5 Aircross. However, its fuel efficiency figures are a little lower than those of the Jeep Compass diesel.

HYUNDAI TUCSON vs RIVALS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Hyundai Tucson

Jeep Compass

Citroen C5 Aircross

Engine

2.0L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

Displacement

1997cc

1956cc

1997cc

Power

186PS @ 4000rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

177PS @ 3750rpm

Torque

416Nm @ 2000 - 2750rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

400Nm @ 2000rpm

Manual

-

6-speed

-

Manual FE

-

17.3kmpl

-

Automatic

8-speed TC

9-speed TC

8-speed TC

Automatic FE

16.98kmpl* (2WD)

15.59kmpl* (4WD)

16.6kmpl (4WD)

18.6kmpl*

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

In terms of dimensions, the Tucson is longer than the Compass, Tiguan and C5 Aircross but the C5 Aircross is considerably wider than the cars in this comparison. The Tucson’s ground clearance of 192mm is good but once again the Citroen C5 Aircross impresses us with its 230mm ground clearance.

HYUNDAI TUCSON vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Tucson

Compass

Tiguan

C5 Aircross

Length

4630mm

4405mm

4509mm

4500mm

Width

1865mm

1818mm

1839mm

1969mm

Height

1665mm

1640mm

1665mm

1710mm

Wheelbase

2755mm

2636mm

2679mm

2730mm

Ground Clearance

192mm

178mm

NA

230mm

Boot Space

540L

438L

NA

580L

Fuel Tank

54L

60L

60L

52.5L

Tyre Size (Base)

235/60 R18

225/60 R17

-

235/55 R18

Tyre Size (Top)

235/60 R18

225/55 R18

235/55 R18

235/55 R18

*Estimated

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2022 Tucson is available in the following 5 monotone and 2 dual-tone colour options:

  • White
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Blue
  • Red
  • White with black roof
  • Red with black roof

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exceptions: New City, Virtus, Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Tucson, XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Scorpio N, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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