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tuc' cracker The new Hyundai Tucson is so good, I might just buy one for myself!

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Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai - Tucson Hybrid

Over the past number of years the Hyundai Tucson has been one of the best-selling vehicles in Ireland. In fact, it was one of the most commonly seen accessories for Irish people before face masks took over the trend.

Everywhere you looked on the road you would spot them. School car parks and shopping centres were packed with them and they were more popular with the ladies than Michael Kors handbags at one stage.

The all-new Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling model in Ireland so far this year, with close to 2,700 models sold during a tough time for the motor industry.

If the Korean company thought it had nailed it with the last model, the bosses must be jumping through hoops with what they have on their hands now.

It is such an all-round family SUV that I am considering changing our beloved family Kia Sportage for the new Tucson next year.

One of the main reasons behind my thinking is that now that we are not doing as much driving as we used to, it's time to ditch the diesel for something greener, cleaner and more economical -and the new Tucson, especially in hybrid guise, ticks all these boxes for us.

On the outside, the new model is stunning when you see it in the flesh.

Whatever money the Hyundai/Kia group paid to lure the Picasso of car design - Peter Schreyer - from the Audi parish more than a decade ago has well been recouped a dozen times over at this stage, I would imagine.

There is no doubt that the maestro had a hand in the Tucson's striking exterior design.

Rather than simply an evolution of the previous generation model, the all-new Tucson represents a design revolution for Hyundai.

It features a bigger and wider body than its predecessor. Its muscular stance combines sharp angles and dynamic proportions with rich surfaces, ensuring a progressive look without compromising on the Tucson's rugged SUV heritage.

One of its most striking features is at the front end, where the designers have integrated the LED lights and front grille. With the previous generation being so successful, I would have thought Hyundai would have just slightly tweaked the looks - but they have really ripped up the template and carved a gorgeous body with contours and sharp edges making it stand out in the crowd.

However, it is on the inside where the real magic has taken place. Step inside and it's a million miles away from the outgoing cabin, which was a bit of a plain Jane.

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The seamless integration of latest technology provides the all-new Tucson with an advanced and fully customisable digital experience.

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Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai Tucson 2021

A new 10.25-inch screen fills the centre of the vehicle. Hyundai's designers dispensed with physical knobs and buttons, so all audio, video, navigation and heat, ventilation and air-conditioning functions are controlled via touch, making it the first Hyundai model to feature a full touch-screen console.

High-quality soft-touch materials appear throughout the interior, lifting the look and feel to a new level.

On the road, Hyundai has decided that diesel is not dead and you can still avail of the popular 1.6-litre unit if you plan to cover a lot of mileage.

However, the option for me would be to switch over to the mild-hybrid petrol engine.

This 1.6-litre turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine comes with 44.2kW electric motor and 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

It produces a whopping 230bhp, so you can have a bit of fun with too if you like - and that power is certainly on tap.

The claimed fuel consumption of 5.7l/100km was a little off the mark during my week-long test drive. It wasn't too far off though, as I was averaging around 6.4l/100km.

Overall, the new Hyundai Tucson is absolutely amazing. I couldn't find fault with it - and that's the reason I am thinking of changing over next year.

Prices for the all-new Tucson start from €33,595.

Robbie Farrell

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