Much like a Santa Fe, alhough slightly smaller and handily better.
Make room on your browser for Hyundai’s seven-seat SUV and the styling debt owed by the Tucson to its big brother is readily apparent and actually not undesirable - so long as you’ve already made your peace with the shiny mid-Atlantic bridgework going on at the front end.
Side by side, the difference in size is surprisingly modest and goes to show just how much real estate a 30mm addition in wheelbase length has bought the Tucson.
The all-new platform underneath donates some extra width, too, all of which translates inside to a prospect that feels, on first impressions at least, noticeably more spacious than a Qashqai. Bigger than a Kuga? Well, it’s certainly in the ballpark, and Hyundai claims a 107-litre advantage in boot capacity alone.
The new cabin is arguably a little more handsome than the Santa Fe's, too. A wider centre console, broader HVAC controls and the new generation 8.0in touchscreen all contribute to horizontal sense of space, and the ergonomics are only upset by the slightly rearward gear lever. It’s shift is positive enough though (and easily preferable to the lacklustre auto), and despite an occasionally overzealous brake servo, the control surfaces in the main follow suit.
Only the steering, mentioned previously, disappoints consistently, particularly when the Lane Keeping Assist System is on, as it will be by default, and aggressively attempts to adjust your course. Even when this is deactivated the wheel has an unpleasant doughiness to the straight ahead - a sure sign of autobahn-based fettling.
This minor demerit is insufficient though to take the gloss off what certainly feels like a very well-oiled exercise in Germanic development. The quality of the ride and handling already highlighted aboard the petrol model are, if anything, enhanced further here, the diesel version smoothing the T-GDi’s slight brittleness into a well-judged pliancy that makes the exceptional body control feel like an integral part of the experience.
Predictably, this augurs well for the handling. The Tucson makes no particular claim of sportiness, but the platform’s 48% increase in torsional rigidity and a surprisingly neutral four-wheel drive system are noticeable advantages in a car rightly seeking to instill confidence at all times. The engine’s 295lb ft of torque means mid-range punchiness is decent, and it doesn’t protest when you want to make use of the extra power at 4000rpm.