2022 Hyundai Tucson petrol vs diesel engine: which one to buy?

The turbo-diesel has more BHP, torque, better fuel efficiency and better performance. The refinement is also first class.

Hyundai launched the 4th generation of its Tucson premium SUV in the Indian market earlier this month. The new Hyundai Tucson features an all-new design, in line with the brand’s latest “Parametric Design” philosophy.

The 4th generation Tucson is offered in two variants: Platinum and Signature, both offered with a choice of gasoline and diesel engine options. The Tucson is also available with an optional 4WD with the diesel engine.

So if you were to buy the 4th generation Hyundai Tucson, which engine option would you choose and why?

Starting with the gasoline unit, the new Tucson comes with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It produces 154 hp at 6300 rpm and 192 Nm at 4500 rpm and is mated as standard to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

As for the diesel version, the 4th Generation Hyundai Tucson comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel unit producing 183 BHP at 4000 rpm and 416 Nm at 2000-2750 rpm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Put the shifter in D, lift your foot off the brake pedal and the car smoothly leaves the line. Throttle response is good and power is delivered linearly with light throttle application. Since the Tucson has a very urban feel, we made sure to spend enough time driving the car through city traffic. And although the traffic on the Bangalore ring road was exceedingly unpleasant, the Tucson was not.

Driving in D, the engine was quiet and delivered smooth power. Switching the throttle on and off was also a smooth affair, meaning your passengers won’t have to worry about a jerky ride either. The gearbox upshifts fairly quickly. You won’t feel the gear changes as the transition is very smooth. Put your right foot down and you’ll feel some lag as the torque converter takes a second to respond. But after that you get a strong surge of power that will help you make those quick passes and close those gaps in traffic. Overall, the high seating position, good all-around visibility, light controls and smooth gearbox make the Tucson very easy to drive around town.

On the open road, where you can stretch your legs from the car, the Tucson is impressive. It accelerates quickly, and with the right insulation, you might not even realize the speeds you’re doing. Put your foot down and the retrograde AT to get you going. Overtaking on the highways is a breeze, but it’s best if you think ahead and prepare for the slight downshift delay. Even with the foot down, the AT won’t let the engine rev past the 4500 rpm redline (in manual mode as well). The engine feels quite relaxed when cruising over long distances. In 8th gear, at 100 km/h, the engine runs at a comfortable 1,500 rpm, while at 120 km/h the tachometer indicates 1,750 rpm.

Read the full official review here.

Here is what GTO should say about it:

In this age of supercharging, I find most NA essences to be boring. The Tucson’s 2.0 essence is “nice”, but that’s it. Not to mention, it’s the same engine you get in the cheaper Alcazar too.

The turbo-diesel has more BHP, torque, better fuel economy and better performance. The refinement is also first class. The diesel here is the obvious choice for me. The only reason to choose petrol is if you live in Delhi-NCR and want to keep the car for 15 years, you are a very calm driver, you don’t want to increase your budget from 2.5 to 3, 0 lakhs extra or you have very low functioning.

Voted for the awesome 2.0 diesel.

Here is what BHPiananjan_c2007 should say about it:

Going by the precedents and by the recent illogical decisions emanating from the judicial forums and also from the corridors of power at that time, a gasoline engine is still preferred by all those who prefer to keep the SUV for at least 15 years. The less capable petrol engine with its 154 BHP at 6300 rpm, 192 Nm at 4500 rpm and its 6-speed automatic transmission will be the choice.

Diesel as a fuel is harshly criticized by anyone who matters in the decision-making hierarchy but doesn’t understand the A’s, B’s or C’s of ICE technology. Therefore, in the near or distant future, diesel engines may face serious bottlenecks for their flawless navigation and their longevity is unpredictable.

But those who don’t care about the life of their machine and also prefer the more powerful and powerful engine of 183 hp at 4000 rpm, 416 Nm at 2000-2750 rpm with the 8-speed automatic transmission , might still prefer such a variant. .

The petrol variants cost around Rs 3.5L less than the diesel variants.

Here is what Sunikkat BHPien should say about it:

This is the simplest poll. More than impressed with the diesel engine, I’m disappointed with the petrol. A 2 liter NA engine has no business in a car that costs 40 lakhs. And then you compare the competition. Even cheaper, the Creta has a much better engine than the petrol Tucson. So diesel all the way.

Here is what BHPian vijaykr should say about it:

I had the chance to drive the previous generation, both diesel and petrol cars, and recently tested the 4th generation.

In my opinion, if the use is mainly intended for city driving (80% or 90%), then the Petrol car seems adequate to me. I didn’t find it too much of a problem with it at some peak times and some small portions of light traffic.

Diesel was (is) a whole different story. It’s much more eager to move forward with enough power to keep moving quickly through traffic. And on the open road, it increases speed very well, and overtaking does not require much effort.

Even though there is a possibility of diesel restrictions in the future, I personally would only go for diesel.

I voted for diesel.

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