Used Hyundai Tucson (2015 to 2020): Surprisingly good buy

The current tucson has been in production since 2015, when it replaced the previous ix35 model, which, however, was so called only in some markets. In Europe, the model returns to the generation from 2004 to 2010.

Korean carmakers have always excelled in the production of SUVs and crossovers. While some earlier models were more off-road (Kia Sorento 1st generation, Hyundai Terracan), others can be included in the classic SUV category. This also includes the traditional Tucson model, which is intended for those who find the larger Santa Fe too expensive or just just big.

The reviewed generation was introduced in 2015, with 1.6 GDI petrol engines, or in a supercharged T-GDI version. Both as representatives of the Gamma series. From the beginning, the supercharged version is available not only with a six-speed manual transmission, but also a seven-speed automatic with a pair of clutches.

Dieseles, represented by two rows of aggregates, are more in demand in the Tucson. The smaller 1.7 CRDi, which was replaced by the 1.6 CRDi in 2018 as part of the modernization, are representatives of the U series. The larger two-liter, offered in two power versions with 100 kW and 136 kW, respectively, are R-series engines. with all-wheel drive. This is solved by an electrohydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch. So similar to the well-known Haldex coupling. Surprisingly, the manufacturer does not specify an oil change in the service plan. But there are no major problems with the Tucson all-wheel drive, so we would certainly not be afraid of the 4WD version.

Diesel engines deserve more attention. Not that they were capricious, quite the contrary. Nevertheless, there have been some problems with them in the past. In the first place, we must mention the larger dispersion of used common-rail injectors. Some versions use a reliable Bosch solenoid, others a more advanced but more delicate piezo crystal solution. And it can betray you without warning you. The cause is static electricity, which can irreversibly damage the piezo cell inside the injector.

Auto Tip 19/2020

Auto Tip 19/2020

The 2.0 CRDi engine from the R series is considered to be more successful than the smaller seventeen-engineer from the U series. It is also ensured by a cassette with balancing shafts. It is inserted into the oil sump, similar to the older generation of some versions of the VW 2.0 TDI engine. In the first cars produced, the lids of the “balancers” fell out, which subsequently clogged the suction basket of the oil pump. Before the driver could react, the engine jammed. Today, however, this problem should be solved for used Tucsons. The diesels also face an occasionally stuck EGR valve that can immobilize you. However, this is not a purely fundamental problem. Rather more random in nature.

The exemplary dimensioned drive of the diodes, using a pair of chains, deserves praise for both diesels, where the lower one drives a high-pressure common-rail pump. For R-Series engines, the lower chain is even double or duplex.

We can also consider the wheel suspension to be durable. Regardless of the rear-wheel drive version, the Tucson always has a four-link axle. Perhaps the only undersized place in the chassis are the front brake discs, which curl quickly and the steering wheel vibrates during braking. Quality mass production will cost about 3,700 crowns for one.

So far, the current Tucson is showing in an excellent light. During the search for technical or convening events that took place on this car in the past, we were surprised by the failing secondary latch of the bonnet lock, a popular safety hook. An convening event was even announced, and if the latch fails, the bonnet may open spontaneously while driving. And so, in the worst case, result in an accident. In total, this problem affected 14,775 cars.


1.6 GDI / T-GDI / 97/130 kW: The non-supercharged petrol engine is weak on a Tucson car. It is much better to look for a supercharged version. Not only does it run much better, but it also doesn’t require more fuel than an atmospheric engine. However, direct injection means occasional refueling of gasoline with a higher octane number, say 98 and more.

1.6 CRDi / 1.7 CRDi / 85/100/104 kW: The larger 1.7 CRDi engine was offered for modernization in 2018, when it was replaced by a 0.1 liter smaller unit, but with similar performance parameters. In addition, both four-cylinder are representatives of the U series. They pay for reliable, durable, but they do not have a larger two-liter.

2.0 CRDi / 100/136 kW: The best engine for a tucson. Quiet, durable, and most importantly offering completely sovereign dynamics. Since 2018, this unit has also been connected to a mild hybrid system, ie a reverse alternator in the role of a 48-volt current generator and a motor starter. The unit is complemented by a lithium ion battery located at the rear.

Spare parts for Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 4WD 6M
ATE front brake disc 3714 CZK
Ferodo front brake pads 2021 CZK
lower arm of the front axle 3449 CZK
lower arm pin 1030 CZK
windshield green with a blue stripe 9510 CZK
Prices represent selected components in the aftermarket


100,000 km test: As part of a long-term test, the Auto Bild editorial staff tested version 2.0 CRDi (135 kW) with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. And the result? Premature worn brakes and, at the end, occasional problems with the transmission.

Electronics: The rich equipment of the car can be a problem. When buying, we definitely recommend trying everything that leads, popularly speaking, wires. As well as heating, air conditioning or setting the direction of the flowing air.

Corrosion protection: Even due to its very young age, Tucson resists corrosion very well so far. Korean cars have generally not excelled so much in this in the past.

Bonnet: Early units of the car struggled with a failing secondary bonnet lock latch. In the extreme, it could even open while driving. Convening actions solved the problem.

Used prices according to Eurotax
2015 1.6 GDI / 97 kW 68 000 km CZK 359,900
2016 2.0 CRDi / 135 kW 118 000 km CZK 459,000
2017 1.7 CRDi / 85 kW 72 000 km CZK 409,000

Jindřich Topol, regional purchasing manager of AAA Auto: Hyundai Tucson

While the previous design, called ix35, was slightly less popular in bazaars than sister ones Kia Sportage, the situation is the opposite for the successor tucson. As a second-hand car, the Tucson is in high demand and has been very high on the shopping list of large retailers since it began to appear on the bazaar market. The prices of the oldest, almost five-year-old pieces have already started to fall below 400,000, but the decline in value is surprisingly gradual, which one would not have guessed at this brand a few years ago. The cheapest pieces usually have a basic diesel one-seven under the hood, diesel versions are, with the exception of the top two-liter with 136 kilowatts, generally cheaper than gasoline. In our experience, the best-selling engine is clearly the 1.6 T-GDI. There is a relatively good selection in Czech advertising, even with a price limit of half a million crowns.


Even the oldest specimens of the current Tucson are less than five years old. So you shouldn’t be surprised by Hyundai’s generous, five-year warranty. Of course, provided that the car went regularly to the service (calmly to a specialist). Overall, however, this car is exemplary and reliable. When an SUV, feel free to tucson.


  • Even the oldest cars are still under warranty
  • Durable mechanics
  • Great diesel two-liter
  • 7-speed 7DCT transmission
  • Comfortable driving characteristics
  • Often rich equipment
  • Surprisingly small drop in value
  • It can have all-wheel drive
  • Cab processing


  • Expensive some original parts
  • Not suitable for fast driving (clumsiness in corners)
  • 7DCT gearbox is not suitable for towing trailers (up to 2200 kg braked for two liters)
  • So far, limited has been offered components from mass production


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