I am a big fan of the Santa Fe, Hyundai's seven-seat SUV, so I was super excited to give their five-seater SUV, the Hyundai Tucson, a test and see how it goes as a BabyDrive!
Well, I was halfway home from picking it up when I realised I hadn't had to think about anything! It is such a get in and go car, a no-brainer! All the dash and driving controls were easy and required little thought or concentration. Which I find great for saving my attention for driving and little passengers.
I'm going to start by telling you the two things I didn't like about the Tucson and then the rest was great, I couldn't fault! Number one the rear view mirror vibrates constantly on motorway driving so you can not see clearly at all and was a little bit like my vision when I have a migraine! It was so bad that I found I had to point it at the ceiling so as not to distract me on the motorway. Secondly, the parking sensors were not quickly mutable as this option is within the screen settings in front of the steering wheel, where you can turn it down to number 1 which is nice and soft. There is no quick button to press in the central console though.
With my two moans over, I LOVED the rest of the car 🙂
There are three top tethers in the seat backs that are easily accessible through the boot and within clearly labelled, plastic guides. The ISOFix points are in the two outer rear seats, and although they are not within plastic guides I still found them easy to connect to.
I found I could only fit two child seats in the back of the Tucson, but on the upside a 180cm passenger could travel in front of a rear-facing child seat with plenty (23cm) of knee room.
Storage was quite good inside the Hyundai Tucson; the door bins were all well-sized to hold a large refillable water bottle, the cup holders in the front and back are practical and hold a reusable and disposable coffee cup and the front one and door bins will all hold a large refillable water bottle too.
The central console box is a good size and although the glove box is not big enough to hold an iPad, it does have a cooling vent. The rear map pockets are net rather than solid fabric so anything you put in them will be visible.
Boot space in the Hyundai Tucson is goo as well. You could transport a medium-sized dog and my twin, tandem or single strollers each fitted in the boot with space left for a few shopping bags.
The boot floor was nice and flat, suitable for an emergency nappy change and there is a single shopping bag hook on the back of the right-hand seat in the boot.
The media system is fantastic in the Hyundai Tucson, especially as it includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It is really simple to connect your phone to and all the functions are easy to use.
I love the sound screen in the Hyundai system where you can drag and drop where you want the sound to be positioned. I find this a nice and simple way to move my daughter's nursery rhymes away from my ears!!
The reversing camera has a really good, clear quality image but as I mentioned earlier, you can not mute the parking sensors simply. There is no button on the screen or in the central console; the only way I could find was through the screen in front of the steering wheel, which takes a few seconds, and several baby waking beeps, to change!
I found the Hyundai Tucson a great car to drive, it is smooth, comfortable and so easy! For a family of four, it really is a great little BabyDrive.
The Hyundai Tucson scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2015 and has six airbags as standard.