Tucson vs Elantra Comparison Review

Updated on: Jan 04, 2016
Hyundai Elantra vs Tucson Comparison Review:

"On one hand we have the Elantra, which feels docile and suffers from quite a bit of turbo-lag, thanks to the 1600 cc engine from the smaller Verna & Creta siblings. The Tucson on the other hand gets the monstrous diesel, with a ballistic mid-range, which makes it an absolute cracker on the open road"
Pricing & Features:
Hyundai Tucson’s 'GLS 4x2 AT' diesel retails for 29.6 lakh on road Delhi, which is over 7 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the range-topping Elantra diesel ‘SX O AT’ automatic, costing 22.5 Lakh Rs. which is not a small difference, even for the premium segment customers.

Both cars have some top-of-the line features that are absent in the other car. Tucson 'GLS' has more gadgetry than the Elantra ‘SX O AT’ like Front Parking Sensors, Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, LED Cornering Lamps, Electric Park Brake, Hill Descent Control and Heated Outside Mirrors. Elantra on the other hand has Xenon HID Headlamps, Projector Fog Lamp, Electric Sunroof, Ventilated Front Seats and Hands-free Electric Tailgate.

Pricing of other Variants (on road Delhi): Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 22.05 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-manual – 19.05 Lakh
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 25.25 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-automatic – 20.65 Lakh

Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 25.55 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-manual – 20.75 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags – 6 (only AT), ESP, Hill Assist, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 6 Speakers, Touch-screen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, LED DRLs, Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Electrically Opening Tailgate with Memory Function, Eco & Power Modes, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Leather Upholstery, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Front Parking Sensors, Electric Sunroof, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Extra Features in Elantra (SX O): Xenon HID Headlamps, Projector Fog Lamp, Electric Sunroof, Ventilated Front Seats, Hands-free Electric Tailgate

Extra Features in Tucson (GLS):
Front Parking Sensors, Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, LED Cornering Lamps, Electric Park Brake, Hill Descent Control, Heated Outside Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
Both cars are powered by the exact same 2-litre petrol engine. No wonder then, that both cars feel very similar to drive and are more or less evenly matched in terms of performance, drivability as well as refinement. The Elantra has a slight edge over the Tucson thanks to a 100 kilogram lighter kerb weight, but the difference is only discernable to a stopwatch.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 117, Tucson – 110
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 148, Tucson – 136

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 152@6200, Tucson – 155@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 192@4000, Tucson – 192@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1295, Tucson – 1415

Diesel:
When it comes to diesels, Hyundai pussed out from shoving the delightfully hyperactive 2-litre diesel mill inside the Elantra's engine bay, unlike the Tucson. This has resulted in two completely different animals in terms of their driving characteristics. On one hand we have the Elantra, which feels docile and suffers from quite a bit of turbo-lag, thanks to the 1600 cc engine from the smaller Verna & Creta siblings. The Tucson on the other hand gets the monstrous diesel, with a ballistic mid-range, which makes it an absolute cracker on the open road. No wonder then than the Elantra is absolutely no match to the Tucson in terms of performance or even drivability.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 96, Tucson – 124
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 195, Tucson – 274

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 128@4000, Tucson - 185@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 260@1900-2750, Tucson - 410@1750-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1335, Tucson – 1495

Fuel Efficiency:
The Tucson diesel-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl, which is 4.1 kmpl less than the corresponding Elantra’s mileage of 22.5 kmpl. The Tucson diesel-automatic on the other hand has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.4 kmpl, which is just 1.8 kmpl less than the corresponding Elantra’s mileage of 18.2 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests the Tucson was less than 2 kmpl less efficient than the equivalent Elantra. This translates to a saving of 60,000 Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kilometers.

The Elantra petrol-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 14.6 kmpl for the manual as well as the automatic version, which is 1.3 kmpl less than the manual and 1.6 kmpl less than the respective versions of the Tucson. In our back to back tests, the difference was less than 1 kmpl.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 13.3, Elantra (petrol-manual) – 14.59
Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 12.95, Elantra (petrol-automatic) – 14.62
Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 18.42, Elantra (diesel-manual) – 22.54
Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 16.38, Elantra (diesel-automatic) – 18.23

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 5.35, Elantra (petrol-manual) – 4.90
Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 5.50, Elantra (petrol-automatic) – 4.90
Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 3.20, Elantra (diesel-manual) – 2.60
Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 3.60, Elantra (diesel-automatic) – 3.25

Space & Comfort:
Both cars are more or less evenly matched when it comes to interior space and comfort. There is just enough room on offer to accommodate 5 adults and a decently sized boot for a week long road-trip. The Elantra has a slight edge over the Tucson in terms of the sheer build quality and fit-finish of the interiors, which is remarkable, given its lower price tag.

Boot-space (lit): Elantra - 475, Tucson - 488

Length (mm): Elantra - 4570, Tucson - 4475
Width (mm): Elantra - 1800, Tucson - 1850
Height (mm): Elantra - 1465, Tucson - 1660

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Tucson is much better suited to the pothole riddled roads of our nation than the Elantra. Its larger wheels, higher ground clearance and strengthened suspension means you don't have to brace yourself for impact, every time you encounter an unmarked speed bump. Tucson also maintains better composure when faced with a series of undulations. Tucson has a noticeably stiffer setup than the Elantra, in order to counter the body roll resulting from its tall height. Elantra feels more pliant and comfortable at low speeds. However, if you enjoy tracing your lines around the corners, you need to look elsewhere as neither of these cars are even a little bit rewarding around the bends.

Ground Clearance (mm): Elantra - 167, Tucson - 172

Tyre Size:
Elantra – 205/65R16
Tucson - 225/60R17 (MT), 225/55R18 (AT)

Wheelbase (mm): Elantra - 2700, Tucson - 2670

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Hyundai has worked very hard to build and maintain its track record as a reliable and customer friendly car maker over the past two decades in in the market. The Elantra and the Tucson will surely continue this legacy for years to come. Hyundai's service reach is also well spread out, covering even the smaller towns and tier-2 areas quite well. Recently, their service cost have become quite steep, but at least they ensure that customer's complaints are resolved satisfactorily. Overall though they are second only to Maruti in terms of providing peace of mind to their customers and the Tucson & Elantra are bound to be no different.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Both car are bound to hold decent residual value after a usage of 5 to 7 years. Overall though, the Elantra works out to be around 4 Lakh Rs. or 30% cheaper than an equivalent Elantra in terms of Overall Ownership Cost.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 11.25 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-manual – 10.50 Lakh

Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 11.15 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-automatic – 10.35 Lakh

Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 11.35 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-manual – 10.45 Lakh

Tucson ‘GLS’ 4x2 diesel-automatic – 11.30 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-automatic - 10.40 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 16.20 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-manual – 13.45 Lakh

Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 19.60 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ petrol-automatic – 15.15 Lakh

Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 17.40 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-manual – 12.95 Lakh

Tucson ‘GLS’ 4x2 diesel-automatic – 21.90 Lakh
Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-automatic – 14.35 Lakh

Verdict:
The Tucson diesel, is without doubt our pick of this test. Thanks to a higher ground clearance and bigger wheels, it better suited to the realities of Indian road conditions than the Elantra. It also has a better driving position than the Elantra and equals the Elantra in terms of space, practicality, quality, refinement and safety. But what makes it really worth the 30% additional expenditure over the Elantra is that spectacular engine that it carries under the hood. It has enough performance to challenge some serious metal from the so called German luxury marques on our roads. When you consider the difference in drivability & performance that you are going to experience on a daily basis for the next 5 to 7 years, the higher Ownership Cost of the Tucson feels like more of a necessity, than a splurge. That is it is the clear winner of this comparison.

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