Tucson became Hyundai Motor’s best-selling model worldwide in 2021. By August this year, the Koreans had sold more than 70 lakh units of the SUV since it was first launched in 2004.

HT Auto Desk

October 31, 2022, 1:16 p.m

The Hyundai Tucson, equipped with a 1.6-liter hybrid engine, received only 2 stars in the Green NCAP test.

Hyundai Tucson The SUV with a hybrid transmission failed to impress in the latest round of Green NCAP tests. The Tucson Hybrid came back with the worst score this round, earning just two stars, well below some of the mild hybrid models. The model tested by Green NCAP, the agency that certifies the car’s environmental performance, including energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, is powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDI engine with an automatic transmission. Despite its hybrid power, the Tucson SUV also scored below average in the AQI test, which calculates the amount of pollutants a car emits.

According to Green NCAP, the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson scored “below average on the Clean Air Index due to poor particulate control, high levels of unregulated ammonia pollutant and excessive CO emissions on high-energy highway segments.” The Tucson’s performance in the Greenhouse Gas Index test was just 3.1 out of 10. The results in the Clean Air Index test are slightly better, with the Tucson scoring 4.2 out of 10 and the SUV scoring 4.5 in the Energy Efficiency Index test score out of 10.

The test concluded that the hybrid system in the Tucson model “performs effectively in real-world conditions” and is “expected to offer consumers good consumption figures in rural areas at moderate speeds”. However, the Green NCAP tests concluded that short city trips or dynamic highway driving in the Tucson Hybrid will have a fuel efficiency of about 9 liters for every 100 km of travel. The 1.6-liter engine under the hood of the Tucson Hybrid can generate a maximum power of 226 hp. and 350 Nm of maximum torque.

Hyundai recently launched petrol and diesel versions of the Tucson SUV in India, which also offers ADAS features. The Korean automaker is yet to launch the hybrid version in India. Hyundai Tucson 2022 price in India starts from 27.69 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes up to 34.39 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end variant.

Date of first publication: October 31, 2022, 1:16 PM IST


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