You can now buy a Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD in Elite spec with dual clutch transmission. Which if we’re honest is a couple months too late since TopGear SA rated the extra garb but lamented the manual gearbox and pared-back Executive spec. Now Hyundai South Africa lands a fine counter punch to Volkswagen’s Tiguan R-Line – with rorty 4-pipe noise.
“Some of our customers requested this same body kit and engine power upgrade to be applied to our top-of-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite All-Wheel Drive derivative with its Dual Clutch Transmission. It convinced us to add another Tucson Sport derivative to our range.” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
Engine details cover the same 150kW, 295Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged engine but now with the dual clutch gearbox for a cohesive spec package. Those 19-inch custom wheels in satin black remove a bit of slop of from the steering, sharpen up turn-in and resist roll but there isn’t a lot in the way of bump absorption if you find yourself on a decrepit piece of gravel road. The on-road bias is reaffirmed by low-fitting sills and of course four pipes – the first Hyundai ever to do so.
All the interior spec is jammed in there like a fuller integration on the 8-inch screen, cruise control and electrically adjusted seats in Tucson’s nicely insulated cabin.
Pricing is consistent throughout the range. The sporty flourishes add another R50 000 to the model whether in Executive or Elite spec, bringing this version up to R599 900. KIA’s less augmented Sportage in GT-Line spec retails for the same but VW’s Tiguan 2.0TSI with 162kW and 4Motion still comes in cheaper.