Hyundai Tucson vs Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq
Hyundai is aware of this, which is why it’s persevering with its newest product offensive with a brand new model of its Tucson mid-size household SUV. Whereas there’s new 48-volt mild-hybrid expertise on the best way (it’ll arrive later this 12 months), it’s the brand new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel we’re testing right here in 113bhp type.
• Hyundai Tucson evaluation
Diesel isn’t fairly lifeless but and nonetheless accounts for an excellent chunk of gross sales on this sector, so this new 1.6 unit might assist steal some gross sales for Hyundai. However it’s bought many very proficient rivals to tackle if it desires to take action. One is the Skoda Karoq, which is accessible in 1.6 TDI type to match the Tucson.
The opposite is Peugeot’s 3008, examined right here with the model’s new 1.5-litre BlueHDi turbodiesel unit. These are at the moment the highest two fashions on this class, so can the Hyundai overhaul this established pairing and take the win on this take a look at? Let’s discover out.
|Mannequin:||Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 115 SE Nav|
|Engine:||1.6-litre 4cyl turbo, 113bhp|
|Check financial system:||53.0mpg/11.6mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
Hyundai’s up to date Tucson marks the debut of a brand new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, which is the unit we’re testing right here in SE Nav trim. Priced from £25,345, it’s proper in the midst of the household SUV heartland, and it’s taking up the 2 hardest rivals right here. So how does the Tucson fare?
Conversely, the trip is compliant. The suspension absorbs cracks and crevices pretty sweetly, with easy and unhurried, relaxed damping.
Nevertheless, this sense extends to the best way the automotive corners. Household SUVs don’t essentially have to be dynamic, however the Tucson’s sloppier physique management doesn’t encourage a lot confidence. The steering, too, is weirdly delicate simply off centre, however then lacks chunk as you apply lock. The sunshine steering weight is effectively judged for this kind of automotive, although, so it means the Tucson is no less than simple to manoeuvre in tight areas.
This relative lack of dynamism is mirrored by the engine, though not one of the motors within the vehicles on this take a look at is all that potent. The brand new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel is pretty easy and, largely, quiet. At sure revs there’s some resonance, so that you do hear a little bit of a diesel drone sometimes, but it surely’s nowhere close to as loud because the Skoda’s engine.
In our 0-60mph take a look at on the monitor, the Tucson was the slowest automotive, albeit by solely two tenths, taking 11.7 seconds. A comparatively robust slug of torque from decrease down within the rev vary gave acceptable in-gear efficiency, but it surely trailed the punchier 3008. The place the Hyundai beats the Peugeot is with the slickness of its gearchange. It slots house extra easily than the French automotive’s, which feels extra rubbery.
Total, it’s a comparatively refined and cozy bundle, however one which’s lacklustre to drive. Given its rivals additionally provide loads of the previous and extra of the latter, the Tucson is succesful reasonably than class-leading.
Testers’ notes: “The Tucson features trailer stability assist, so if you intend to tow a caravan this will be a welcome addition. The maximum towing limit of 1,400kg is 100kg less than the 3008’s, however.”
|Mannequin:||Peugeot 3008 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Attract|
|Engine:||1.5-litre 4cyl turbo, 129bhp|
|Check financial system:||55.3mpg/12.2mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
The Peugeot 3008 is a former winner of our Finest Mid-Measurement SUV award, and now there’s a brand new 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 turbodiesel engine. We’re testing the automotive in Attract trim, which begins at £27,000 (though our footage present a extra lofty GT Line Premium). It’s pricier than its competitors, however is it a greater wager?
That small wheel ensures the 3008 steers shortly, however this SUV hasn’t been designed to be sporty. The suspension set-up focuses on consolation, and it serves up a candy trip and dealing with stability.
The elevated trip peak means loads of suspension journey, which provides the 3008 a stage of absorbency to its trip that works pretty effectively within the UK. It’s extra compliant than the Skoda, however harsher inputs to the suspension nonetheless trigger a shake and a shimmy by the chassis.
Wheel management is okay over bumps, however they do generally thump into potholes. It feels as if there’s a threshold of bump dimension past which the 3008 struggles to include the power. The damping breaks down and the trip turns into much less settled.
There’s simply sufficient grip to maintain up with the pace of the steering, however the compliance within the damping means there’s a noticeable stage of roll as you up the pace; it’s not as effectively managed as within the Karoq.
Nonetheless, the brand new engine is a robust level. With probably the most torque at 300Nm, the in-gear efficiency was punchy and the 3008 beat the Tucson’s 0-60mph time, taking 11.5 seconds. Peugeot has had years of improvement with its diesel engines and though the tide could be turning barely, this gasoline nonetheless is sensible when the appliance is nearly as good as it’s right here.
The torque offers added flexibility, the place the Hyundai and Skoda really feel flat. It’s one of many Peugeot’s huge positives; you don’t need to work the six-speed guide a lot, which makes it enjoyable to drive. The transmission is appropriate, however not the best.
Refinement is powerful at a cruise. There’s some noticeable diesel rumble going up by the gears, but it surely’s quiet when the revs subside. It’s the comparatively relaxed trip and unflustered really feel that attraction right here.
Testers’ notes: “The 3008’s infotainment is good, but one irritation is that the climate controls are integrated into the screen, so you have to jump out of one menu to adjust the temperature or fan speed.”
|Mannequin:||Skoda Karoq 1.6 TDI 115 SE L|
|Engine:||1.6-litre 4cyl turbo, 113bhp|
|Check financial system:||47.7mpg/10.5mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
The Skoda Karoq is our reigning mid-size SUV champ, having knocked the Peugeot off its perch. However can the Karoq stay king, or do the 3008 and revised Tucson have what it takes to reign supreme? We take a look at a £25,575 1.6 TDI Karoq SE L to seek out out.
The Karoq is characterised by its sharper responses. In contrast with the delicate, lethargic-feeling Tucson, the Skoda appears alert and extra alive. The steering is extra correct than the Hyundai’s and higher weighted than the sunshine set-up within the Peugeot. It’s matched by a chassis that delivers a better stage of agility, as a result of the marginally firmer suspension than in each rivals means there’s much less roll and extra consolation in corners consequently, because of the chassis remaining flatter.
Regardless of the additional management to the damping, it doesn’t really feel harsh or overly agency. In truth, the suspension doesn’t drop into huge depressions harshly just like the 3008 generally does. It’s rather less settled than the opposite vehicles on washboard-like undulations, however the management continues to be there and it doesn’t really feel too stiff.
The engine is loud and fewer refined than the items in its rivals. Nevertheless, efficiency is appropriate, regardless that the VW Group’s 1.6 TDI isn’t the most effective providing. Our efficiency figures are for a DSG mannequin, and the 11.3-second 0-60mph time exhibits the Karoq is aggressive. However whereas its in-gear occasions had been comparable, this can be a seven-speed mannequin and the efficiency can be barely extra sluggish within the six-speed guide.
The automotive’s strengths lie in its stability of trip and dealing with reasonably than its engine, however this downside isn’t too nice to dent the attraction unduly.
Testers’ notes: “The Skoda’s £279 two-year servicing pack is affordable; it works out cheaper than Peugeot’s £13-per-month, three-year deal. The former comes to £139.50 per year; the latter totals £156.”
First place: Skoda Karoq
Skoda’s 1.6 TDI engine is the Karoq’s apparent downside, however in each different respect this automotive is the most effective household SUV on sale at this time. Whereas we’d nonetheless go for a 1.5 TSI petrol as an alternative, this diesel presents strong efficiency and first rate effectivity. The extent of practicality, mixture of consolation and dynamics, and the standard and package on provide are unchanged, which is why the Karoq continues to be the king of this class.
Second place: Peugeot 3008
If the 3008 had been extra inexpensive it might need taken the win right here, because of its higher engine and beautiful inside. It’s greater than sensible sufficient and might be cost-effective to run. Add to that consolation and package, in addition to respectable dynamics, and it’s a strong selection. However it’s pricier than the Karoq and doesn’t provide a lot as well as, which holds it again right here.
Third place: Hyundai Tucson
This new Tucson is an enchancment, however the advances aren’t sufficient to overtake the established and proficient competitors. Hyundai was as soon as a finances model, but now it’s made it to the mainstream and bridged the hole to rivals, it’s did not innovate and hold tempo with progress. Though vehicles comparable to this up to date Tucson are higher, it nonetheless lacks the draw of the category’s greatest choices.
Different choices for comparable cash
New: SEAT Ateca 1.6 TDI SE Tech
Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 113bhp
The Ateca makes use of the identical underpinnings and engine because the Karoq, but it surely’s barely sportier and extra aware of drive. First rate practicality and an excellent stage of package in SE Tech trim make this a crossover that must be in your checklist.
Used: Audi Q5 2.Zero TDI 190 S line Plus
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 187bhp
For a similar cash on the used market you may decide up a extra highly effective, extra premium previous-generation Audi Q5 with round 30okay miles. The two.Zero TDI engine is powerful, plus there’s practicality and high quality to love right here.
|Skoda Karoq 1.6 TDI 115 SE L||Peugeot 3008 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Attract||Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 115 SE Nav|
|On the street value/complete as examined||£25,575/£28,200||£27,200/£27,200||£25,345/£26,010|
|Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000)||£13,123/51.3%||£12,724/46.8%||£11,225/44.3%|
|Annual tax legal responsibility std/larger charge||£1,468/£2,937||£1,403/£2,806||£1,505/£3,010|
|Annual gasoline price (12okay/20okay miles)||£1,498/£2,497||£1,292/£2,154||£1,348/£2,247|
|Insurance coverage group/quote/VED||10/£419/£140||17/£399/£140||21/£380/£140|
|Value of servicing||£279 (2yrs)||£13 monthly (3yrs)||TBC|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,598cc||4cyl in-line/1,499cc||4cyl in-line/1,598cc|
|Peak energy/revs||113/3,250 bhp/rpm||129/3,750 bhp/rpm||113/4,000 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||250/1,500 Nm/rpm||300/1,750 Nm/rpm||280/1,500 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd man/fwd||6-spd man/fwd||6-spd man/fwd|
|Gas tank capability/spare wheel||50 litres/£150||53 litres/house saver||62 litres/house saver|
|Boot capability (seats up/down)||479-588/1,810 litres||591/1,670 litres||513/1,503 litres|
|Turning circle||10.2 metres||10.7 metres||10.6 metres|
|Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration||3yrs (60,000)/3yrs||3yrs (60,000)/1yr||5yrs (limitless)/1yr|
|Driver Energy producer/supplier pos.||sixth/eighth||17th/17th||15th/12th|
|NCAP: Grownup/little one/ped./help/stars||93/79/73/58/5 (2017)||86/85/67/58/5 (2016)||86/85/71/71/5 (2015)|
|0-60/30-70mph||11.3/11.Three secs||11.5/11.Four secs||11.7/12.5 secs|
|30-50mph in third/4th||4.1/5.Three secs||4.5/6.5 secs||4.5/6.1 secs|
|50-70mph in fifth/sixth/seventh||8.3/11.4/15.Four secs||9.3/12.Zero secs/N/A||9.9/14.Eight secs/N/A|
|Prime pace/rpm at 70mph||116mph/1,800rpm||119mph/2,000rpm||109mph/1,900rpm|
|Auto Categorical econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary||47.7/10.5/525 miles||55.3/12.2/645 miles||53.0/11.6/723 miles|
|Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket||159/120g/km/29%||137/109g/km/26%||143/129g/km/30%|
|Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/digital camera||Seven/sure/sure/sure||Six/sure/sure/sure||Six/sure/sure/sure|
|Auto field/lane-keep/blind spot/AEB||£1,300/£850*/£850*/y||£1,600/sure/sure/sure||No/sure/no/sure|
|Clim ctrl/cruise/leather-based/heated seats||Sure/sure/£250/sure||Y/y/£1,490*/£560*||Sure/sure/no/no|
|Metallic/LEDs/keyless go/pwr tailgate||£595/sure/sure/£500||£525/£850/£350/£750*||£665/no/no/no|
|Nav/digi sprint/DAB/linked providers||Sure/no/sure/sure||Sure/sure/sure/sure||Sure/no/sure/sure|
|Wi-fi cost/CarPlay/Android Auto||No/sure/sure||£120/sure/sure||No/sure/sure|