In the video below, you’ll see the updated Tucson being subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle. The 1,6 CRDi 4×2 manual derivative under the spotlight here runs on 19-inch alloys wrapped in 245/45 Continental ContiSportContact rubber.
As we’ve pointed out before, though, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, the Spaniards conduct this test at higher speeds.
At its first attempt, the Tucson managed to reach only 76 km/h (the target speed is 77 km/h), knocking over a cone in the process. After a few more attempts and a defter touch with the steering, the driver completed the test successfully at 77 km/h, the highest speed managed on the day.
For the record, this 1,6-litre diesel model is not available in South Africa (check out the local line-up here).
Watch the clip below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the Tucson performed (take note that the commentary is in Spanish)…
Author: Marius Boonzaier