Following the launch in the first quarter of this year of the new Tucson, which initially comprised only petrol models, Hyundai has now expanded the line-up to include two diesel variants. As a package, the Tucson stacks up well against the establishment by offering a comprehensively equipped range and mostly refined drivetrains. According to Stanley Anderson, Hyundai SA’s marketing director, the Tuscon has been selling on average 600 units per month, which is quite sizeable in a rather depressed market. Further testament to the model’s appeal is that it is a finalist in the Wesbank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists car of the Year competition. The two diesel variants come in the form of a 1.7l turbodiesel that generates 85kW and 280Nm and a 2.0l R turbodiesel that pushes out 131kW and 400Nm. The smaller unit is available standard with a six-speed manual, while the bigger of the two gets a six-speed automatic. Power on both is channelled to the front wheels. According to A...

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