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2018 Hyundai Tucson Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Hyundai Tucson was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson feels open and spacious inside. Materials quality is generally decent, though the lower trim levels can feel a little cheap. Most shoppers will find its seating and cargo space to be agreeable, though neither area stands out among the competition. Overall, this is a quiet ride, with a nice array of features available in upper trims.

  • "The Tucson feels especially roomy and spacious for a compact SUV, with an open and airy cabin that offers easy access and a family-friendly rear seat. Head and knee room are generous; even short drivers can sit up high with a good view out the front. The interior is one of the quietest in this typically not-so-hushed category." -- Consumer Reports
  • "On the inside, Hyundai has given the 2017 Tucson a simple and generally attractive look. The dashboard design is logical with all the basic controls within arm's reach. Materials quality isn't quite the same story, though, with a lot of hard plastics in the cabin, especially on the base trim. If you upgrade to the Limited trim level, you'll get a lot more in the way of interior livability with a padded dashboard and door inserts with accents." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The interior boasts plenty of small upgrades, including a cleaner dashboard layout, enhanced infotainment functions, and more comfortable seats. But lower-trim models use lots of hard-plastic trim, and even the top-trim Limited model, with its stitched leather inserts, doesn't quite feel up to its $30,000-plus price tag. A bit more flair would be appreciated here." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)


The Tucson is a 2-row SUV with seating for five. It comes standard with cloth upholstery and a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are among the available upgrades. Both rows of seats are satisfactorily comfortable.

For child safety seats, the Tucson has two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors. All the hardware is easy to find and use. One set of lower anchors requires extra elbow grease to clip in a car seat.

  • "Head and knee room are generous, the left foot rest has plenty of space, and the tilt-and-telescope steering column has generous adjustment range. Even short drivers can sit up high with a good view out of the front." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The front seats are comfortable, and the Tucson is distinctive in its availability of a power front passenger seat. … The rear seat doesn't slide fore and aft, which strikes us as a missed opportunity in this segment, but can now accommodate a couple of 6-footers without issue." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Even if it's not best-in-class roomy, the comfortable rear seat works just fine." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system is composed of a 5-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Available features include a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, an Infinity audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, a panoramic sunroof, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The Tucson's infotainment features are easy to use, thanks to a straightforward interface and the convenient placement of most knobs and buttons. It can be a little difficult to read text on the base system's 5-inch screen, but this isn't an issue on the larger (and preferred) touch screens.

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  • "Simplicity rules on the Tucson's dashboard, with easy-to-understand climate and audio controls that have conventional knobs and buttons. It's something of a long reach to controls on the far side of the dashboard, though. Non-navigation-equipped Tucsons come with a touch-screen stereo with a small display. Some on-screen fonts, like radio station frequencies and song information, are tiny and hard to read. The small screen also makes it difficult to quickly move through lists, like when scrolling through a smartphone's song library." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Also available on the Limited trim is the 8-inch touchscreen. It's more capable and better looking than the standard 5-inch display, but both systems are user-friendly thanks to readily accessible virtual buttons and an intuitive layout." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Hyundai's feature-rich interior strategy is in full force here. Heated/ventilated front seats are available (only heated rears, though) for starters. Higher-trim models are available with an almost-full-length panoramic roof with vent and slide options, along with a fully opaque sunshade. Like tech? You're in good shape there too. Bluetooth and the like are standard, and trick options such as split-screen navigation and Hyundai's 'Tune Start' (a buffering system which allows you to rewind a live radio song in progress to the beginning) are available as you progress through the model lineup." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The Tucson comes standard with a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, so you can expand the cargo area from 31 to 61.9 cubic feet. Those are typical dimensions for an SUV this size. The available hands-free liftgate opens automatically when you stand behind the Tucson with the key, with no button-pushing or foot-waving required. Reviewers give it two thumbs-up.

  • "The cargo area is very wide with limited intrusion from the wheel wells; it will easily swallow sports gear or a baby stroller with room to spare. The cargo floor can also be lowered, gaining another inch in height. The rear seats are easy to fold. We were slightly dismayed that a security cover is not standard. But at least that extra-cost accessory can be stored under the cargo floor. The cargo hold's 12-volt power outlet is handy." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Sweetening the deal is the hands-free power liftgate that comes standard on the Sport and Limited. Unlike the Ford Escape's version of this technology, which works via a foot sensor that you need to kick at, the Tucson employs a proximity sensor that opens the liftgate automatically if it senses you're standing in the vicinity with the key in your pocket." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "… the cargo area's adjustable floor also includes storage for the cargo cover." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

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