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The Hyundai Tucson is a very popular five-seater family SUV and it's easy to see why when we put this latest version in the Elite spec through our BabyDrive testing…

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Firstly, I could fit three Infasecure child seats across the back seat of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. The Infasecure Optima forward-facing and the Infasecure Serene rear-facing both fitted with the Versatile Folding Booster beside them. I couldn't fit three full-size child seats but the Versatile folding booster would fit. They all fit really nicely across and installing them was easy. If you want to learn more about the child seats used in this review then you can here.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite with three child seats installed in the second row

There are three top tether anchorages, one in each of the rear seatbacks 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.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

A 184cm driver could fit in front of a forward-facing child seat and a 184cm passenger could travel in front of a rear-facing child seat with good legroom.

There are air-con vents in the back of the Hyundai Tucson which is great for keeping little rear passengers cool while driving along.

There are also two USB ports which are great for charging devices kids are using while travelling.

Storage is good in the front of the Hyundai Tucson; the door bins are were well-sized to hold a large refillable water bottle and the cup holders in the front and back are practical and hold a reusable and disposable coffee cup, the glove box and central console box are both really generous in size for a small SUV.

In the back, the net map pockets are a bit of a letdown and the door bins will only hold a 600ml bottle.

Boot space in the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is good and will hold fourteen shopping bags from empty, which is one more than the Mazda CX-5 will hold and one less than the Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan snd Subaru Forester that all hold fifteen.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

All sizes of pram and stroller I tested will fit in the boot with varying amounts of shopping alongside them.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite boot space for shopping with tandem stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

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.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

Your family's medium size dog will easily fit in the boot and the boot floor is nice and flat, perfect for an emergency nappy change!

The media system in the 2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite is fantastic, it is full of all the features we love.

Sounds of Nature which is white noise at your fingertips and plays a selection of sounds, like snowy village, that really help to get little ones to sleep while driving.

Quiet mode is another good function that brings the sound from the rear speakers to the front, which is great when kids are asleep or on devices in the back.

It also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is really simple to connect your phone to and all the functions are easy to use.

The reversing camera has a beautiful clear quality image.

In the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson, You can now turn the parking sensors off with a button in the central console.

You can also turn on a rearview camera while driving, which is great for rear visibility when the back is loaded with three child seats I found my little rear passengers loved watching the rearview screen too!

I found the Hyundai Tucson a very intuitive car to drive, it is lovely and smooth and comfortable but I did find the engine a little revvy up hills.

For our family of four, the Hyundai Tucson is a very practical five-seater SUV and BabyDrive.

The new 2021 Hyundai Tucson is yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating but has seven airbags as standard and a lot of crash-preventing technology.


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Tace Clifford
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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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