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Have any of you owners with the 1.6T engine noticed turbo lag when you start up from stopped? I took another test drive of a different Tucson today and I was disappointed. It did not seem smooth when pulling out.
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No noticeable turbo lag noted here. The torque is available at such a low RPM that you shouldnt really notice a lag. Vehicles like the Tucson arent designd to give you a turbo "boost" the way performance cars do, the turbo on these vehicles is more designed to increase fuel mileage by getting more efficient power from a smaller displacement engine.
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Not turbo lag but probably you adapting to a DCT. It's a learning curve from a traditional auto the way you kinda tip in on acceleration.
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Hey guys,

I am in the market for a new vehicle and am thinking of moving into an SUV from a small sporty car. I like the feeling of being up a little higher in traffic and I like Hyundai's quality in general based on my experiences with my parent's Sonata. I don't need a big SUV.

What is the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Santa Fe Sport? A salesman tried to tell me the Santa Fe Sport was smaller.
Your salesman is not very well informed: Tucson is smaller and feels smaller - I have driven both.

The Santa Fe was a PITA in British car parks - always took up the whole bay leaving the sides at risk of door dings. It was too big.

The Tucson is still a big vehicle, but it feels much more comfortable. The wife likes it - her other car is a MINI. The Tucson IIRC matches or possible just beats the MINI on turning circle - that makes a big difference.

On our Devon holiday last week, I had to deal with roads like this:

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- the sort where you meet a bus or a tractor + enormous trailer coming the other way and it's you that has to find a hole and get in it. I do not enjoy those types of road, but Devon is full of them and the Tucson felt no worse than any of my previous cars for manoeuvrability when it came to deal with passing. Plus being high and a 4WD I could throw it onto the muddy verge where one existed without fear of grounding or getting stuck. Spent most of today pressure washing half of Devon's finest mud off it

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The Tucson Sport has a turbo engine. Do you notice turbo lag when you hit the gas? I drove a new VW with a similar size turbo engine and it was like 2 seconds before power would kick in!
Most cars these days IME have a turbo and turbos tend to have some lag. I have a Tucson Premium SE auto, UK model, 185PS engine.

The "normal" diesel engine (130-ish? PS) I had in a hired Santa Fe felt underpowered. The 185PS however kicks butt, for a mid range family car.

The car feels a little laggy in "normal" driving mode, but competent. It's not that it struggles - it just strolls confidently into whatever you put in its way, rather than leaping like a wound up hare.

In Sports mode, it's pretty lively - just went 200 miles to Devon and back - and the drive back had 1:4 hills with tight switchbacks on narrow roads. The Tucson didn't just manage - it excelled - a very enjoyable machine to drive.

Fun with roads like this:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.20...2!8i6656?hl=en

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If you select Sport drive mode does it remain on for the next time you get in to drive, or does it reset to normal when you turn the engine off?
It resets to the default ("Normal" for me - some models have a 3rd Eco option, so not sure about those)
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How are the LED headlights compared to HID and normal ones? My current car has HID and it is so awesome I swore I'd never go back to old fashioned bulbs because the light at night is so bright but I was disappointed to see that Tucson does not have HID unless you go all the way to the very top model.
Good colour and brightness and very even - but they cut off a bit sharp for my liking. I asked the dealer to adjust if legally possible and they did get them a bit higher which helped, but I find myself using main beam rather more than I used to with previous cars.
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Do the 19" tires provide better handling than the base model?
Handling is excellent - but the ride is a bit harsh on Britain's 3rd world roads. I guess that will be a compromise. I cannot compare to other tyres on the same vehicle.
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Has anyone compared this to a Nissan Rogue? I'm worried about that CVT transmission but the Tucson has a funky double clutch; have they fixed the problems that it had?

Also, with only a 175hp engine and the size of this SUV do you feel it is underpowered?
As mentioned I have the 185PS model and it's very lively. Anything a lot less is underpowered for the size IMHO.
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I'd appreciate any input for someone new to the Tucson and SUVs in general, I need to buy something soon.
One of the factors for me, was that Hyundai UK have the Affinity Programme - this gives around a 10% discount for employees of certain (actually many) companies, including higher education, the police, certain telecoms companies, builders merchants etc. Worth checking put if your Hyundai have a discount scheme.

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My Tuscon has plenty of power for me. In fact I think it goes like a bat out of h*** from 0-60 mph. See if you can get an extended test drive for a couple of hours. I know that my dealer offered me a car overnight for a test.
Mine too. I stick to the limit hard in unfamiliar places as we're blighted with 1000s of **** speed cameras that will get you 3 points on your license for as little as 6mph over in some cases. However, when the limit goes from 30 to 60, it always seems to give the Audi tailgater a surprise when he starts disappearing into a dot my mirror
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Yes the transmission on the new car takes about 600 miles to become optimized. Mine definately shifted better after several hundred miles.
My engine was noticeably tight and the mpg poor for the first 1000 odd miles. Now, at over 2000, it's very much more lively and the mpg has improved quite markedly (I keep a fuel log).
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Not turbo lag but probably you adapting to a DCT. It's a learning curve from a traditional auto the way you kinda tip in on acceleration.
That's a good point. Maybe I need to test drive a different unit before I close the door on Hyundai. What are some tips for effectively dealing with this transmission? Someone said to let off the brake when you come off the line for a second before mashing the gas to let the clutch engage.
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I've driven mostly manual shift vehicles before getting a 12' Ford Focus equipped with a DCT. I understood what was going on inside the transmission and did not expect it to shift the way a traditional automatic would. I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that it's a slight learning curve getting use to the feel and shifting characteristics of this transmission. There are some excellent YouTube videos on "do's and don't" for dual clutch driving. Some others have had very real problems with their DCT but I'm happy with mine, (after three updates of course).
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That's a good point. Maybe I need to test drive a different unit before I close the door on Hyundai. What are some tips for effectively dealing with this transmission? Someone said to let off the brake when you come off the line for a second before mashing the gas to let the clutch engage.
Can you test a regular auto version? I like my 6 speed auto trans - it's what you expect it to be.
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Can you test a regular auto version? I like my 6 speed auto trans - it's what you expect it to be.
Well the Tucson model that I would buy has the 1.6T. Test driving the base model wouldn't help me.
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