Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: 2016 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 S VGT 2WD


The Hyundai Tucson has embarked on a remarkable transformation in just the span of 12 years. Looking back to the first generation model and comparing it to the current third generation, you know it’s come a long way. From the ugly duckling it once was, today’s Tucson doesn’t have a single hair out of place. Perfectly styled with all the right angles and curves, it’s one of the best looking compact crossovers around. The question beckons though: how does it compare to the competition?

If there’s anything the Tucson gets right, it’s the styling. The Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 tweaks the Hyundai design language to something more mature and familial. There’s a heavy dose of Sonata and Santa Fe in the Tucson and that’s all for the better. The large hexagonal grille, slimmed down headlights, squat stance, and thinner tail lights all work in the crossover format; even down to the two-tone high-luster 18-inch alloy wheels. There’s only one thing that sticks out: the pole-type antenna. Not only does it ruin the otherwise sleek roofline, it doesn’t feel solid. It can be nudged whenever you’re giving the Tucson a good scrub.



Stepping inside, the initial impressions are good. The design and execution are a step up compared to the previous Tucson. All the tangible touch points feel luxurious, all the controls are intuitively arranged and clearly labeled, the gauges are the best one fitted to any mainstream vehicle, the seats are well-bolstered, and the steering wheel’s a joy to hold. Plus, thanks to the repackaged interior, it’s spacious front or back, with the rear occupants enjoying their own air conditioning vents. Mind you, these are all in the first 30 minutes.

After that though, the fault finding begins. First, the seats: though initially supportive, they lack lumbar support. It’s adjustable, yes, but finding the best seating position is difficult. You end up sitting a bit higher and more upright than usual causing some slight discomfort during a long drive. Second, there’s still a large expanse of hard plastic inside. The touch points have all been improved, but move an inch or two from there and it becomes as luxurious as your office cubicle. The consistent graining helps, but it’s nonetheless distracting. Third, that swoopy style has affected ingress/egress. You end up either hitting your head on the A-pillar or scuffing the door scuff plate whenever you go in or out. Finally, that same sleek body causes huge blind spots. Thankfully, back-up sensors and a rear parking camera are standard.




Previous models are infamous for being bare; thankfully, Hyundai is moving away from that way of thinking. Priced at P 1,538,000 for this, the just-below-the-top-of-the-line 2.0 S VGT 2WD, you get features commonly reserved for crossovers priced at about 30 percent more. Things like leather seats with power adjustment and cooled for the front, a passive entry system with push-button start/stop, a power tailgate, and a gigantic moon roof are all standard. In fact, all that’s missing is the all-wheel drive system itself.

Speaking of performance, if you’re in the market for a Tucson, opt for the one loaded with this, the R 2.0-liter CRDi engine. Though carried over largely unchanged from the previous generation, the 185 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque outputs are nothing to complain about. Smoothness largely depends on how well you modulate your right foot. Slamming on the gas results in an abrupt on/off feel where a split-second of nothingness is replaced by an uncomfortable surge of power. The best response is achieved with partial throttle application. When done properly, power comes in smoothly and immediately with gobs of torque. It’s at home whether in the city or highway though at higher speeds, there’s a tinge of vibration. Still, it’s largely quiet and refined—easily one of the best diesel engines around. It has driver-selectable driving modes, but that feature is largely academic for as long as you can train your right foot.




The accompanying 6-speed automatic is just as good as the engine. Despite the absence of paddle shifters, it’s responsive, though engine braking is quite heavy during deceleration. Downshifts aren’t as quick as upshifts, but it’ll nonetheless keep up a good rhythm. The big bonus to the Tucson’s well-tuned drivetrain is the fuel mileage: 9.80 km/L in the city (average speed 17 km/h), 20.83 km/L highway (average speed 71 km/h).

Built on a stiffened platform, the Tucson is more refined and comfortable than the model it replaces too. In fact, it’s easily one of the most comfortable compact crossovers currently out there. It manages all sorts of road imperfections with ease and big impacts are muted by the time they reach the cabin. In addition, it’s remarkably quiet, even at high speed.



Of course, by prioritizing plushness, it does affect the handling. In the city, the Tucson is largely impeded by the non-linear steering. Near the center, it’s slow and numb, almost unwilling to tell the driver where the driven wheels are pointed. As you add steering angle, it then becomes a more willing dance partner, being quicker and more responsive. This means having to constantly correct steering angle mid-corner repeatedly, causing you to either under or over compensate for corners. What’s more, give the throttle enough pressure and the front wheels will screech in protest.  As the speeds go up though, the Tucson strengthens its resolve. Cruising on the open road is what it does best. Coupled with the nice, stable ride, the steering is also nicely weighted.

The compact crossover genre is easily one of the most hotly contest segments in the market right now. Seen as the de facto replacement for the compact sedan, there are at least a dozen choices around; and that’s not even including the mid-sized pickup-based SUVs, whose prices are precariously knocking at this segment’s door. In that ever crowded segment, the Tucson has always stood out because of its stellar engine and good value for money. And this all-new model can add eye-catching design and impressive NVH to its CV as well.



That being said, although the Tucson is better both objectively and subjectively than the model it replaces, Hyundai needs to move their goal post further from this point on. They’ve managed to still stand out, but it’s hard not to see that it barely registers a pulse now, especially compared to its competition. Yes, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is fashionable, well-equipped, and undeniably high-quality, but just about any new crossover is.

2016 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 S VGT 2WD
Ownership 2016 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 S VGT 2WD
Year Introduced 2015
Vehicle Classification Compact Crossover
The Basics
Body Type 5-door SUV
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 2.0
Aspiration Common Rail, Variable Valve Timing, Turbo
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 185 @ 4,000
Nm @ rpm 402 @ 1,750 - 2,750
Fuel / Min. Octane Diesel
Transmission 6-speed AT
Cruise Control Yes
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,475
Width (mm) 1,850
Height (mm) 1,660
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670
Curb Weight (kg) 1,593
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Independent, Multi-link
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires Kumho Crugen Premium 225/55 R 18 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 6
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Front and Rear
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights Yes
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment Electric (front)
Seating Surface Leather
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Climate Control Yes, Dual, with Rear Vents
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
Bluetooth
No. of Speakers 6
Steering Wheel Controls Yes

111 comments:

  1. It now looks like a smaller version of the Santa Fe. Has Hyundai run out of designs? lol

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    1. Says the mazda fanboy.

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    2. hahaha on point.

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  2. Hi Uly, seeing that the Tucson is quite closely priced to the Santa Fe (1,538,000.00 vs 1,698,000.00) would you say that the Santa Fe is the better choice or should I say worth the +/- 160k difference?

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    1. That's an interesting point that you raised and that entirely depends on what you need.

      There's little question that the little Tucson is now well-loaded and does offer good space for five adults. On the other hand, the Santa Fe offers seating for seven but at the expense of interior features. If I'm not mistaken, the new Santa Fe removes things like push button start/stop, HID headlights, and even leather seats. I may be wrong--but Hyundai isn't providing much info on their website (it's still displaying the 2014 model).

      That being said, I personally would go for the Tucson since I don't need the extra row seats. In addition, since my parking space is small, the Tucson fits better. However, if you have a family and need the extra seats, the Santa Fe may be worth a look. It actually drives way better than any PPV (pickup-based passenger vehicle) out there.

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    2. Gud day po Mr. Ulysses Ang, Is the 2016 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 S VGT 2WD already available and displayed in all Hyundai dealers? I've looked around the Cabanatuan and Tarlac City areas they only have Tucson 2.0 CRDi GLS 6AT 2WD (Dsl) displayed.Perhaps sa Metro Manila area lang if so Meron kaya sa Hyundai Pasig?

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  3. Not sure why Uly is trying sooo hard to increase the word count by attempting to describe the engine in such a flowery manner. The fact is, it has 185 HP and 400 nm of torque and weighs a relatively light 3500 lbs. In perspective, the Fortuner 2.8 diesel weighs 4700 lbs and has a weaker engine.

    To put it short, the 2.0 CRDi engine on this Tucson makes it go like rocket when you slam the accelerator pedal. But if you put it that way, the other crossovers in this segment, particularly the naturally-aspirated gasoline ones, look laughably weak in comparison. As a reviewer, you don't want to make your sponsors angry. So is this why Uly does his best to be neutral with his descriptions, neither very positive nor very negative?

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    1. Not sure why I would buy one. The fact is, I never see much of these on our roads to merit trust in the brand.

      To put it short, they could have killed the competition have they priced it a bit more lower, say 100k less and do away with the 5yr warranty.

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    2. The Fortuner's listed gross weight is 2750kg while its kerb weight is just 2125kg.
      I think Uly does even, balanced reviews. His Fortuner 2.8V review was actually criticized for being too negative.
      You're just bringing your personal bias into this.

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    3. @Anonymous June 14, 2016 at 7:59PM

      That's true.

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  4. Hyundai parts and maintenance is expensive. As to durability it's not quite at par yet with the Japs. In a 5 yr period reliability is about the same with the Japs already but beyond that repairs would come right after the other. Resale value is bad probably for those reasons. I'd avoid Korean cars if I can help it.

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  5. Im sorry but looks can be deceiving... it is no doubt the beautiful but when it comes to durability and reliability... hyundai really fails.. expensive service.. poor after sales support...

    Yes it is fast but wait after 2 years... youll regret that you bought it..

    Stick to jap cars like toyota..

    *hyundai santa fe 2014 owner here

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    1. I wonder if you were browsing this site back in 2014. Many people were already commenting that korean cars are crap even back then. You were unfortunate to not have read those comments.

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    2. So far so good with my 2015 Santa Fe..no regret so far and hopefully in the future. Haha.

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    3. i chose not to believe the horror stories about hyundai... i guess i learned the hard way... now im one of the haters of this company haha... my first and definitely the last hyundai vehicle for me

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  6. Sir Uly,
    Which is better tucson vs CX5? CX5 skyactiv d looks tempting but the ride is stiff. Tucson on the other hand has a more comfortable ride but does not have infotainment. Thanks

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    1. dude dont buy it seriously... honestly they are really deceiving.. beautiful at first but when you learn about the maintenance costs and their crappy service and the very poor reliability and durability and oh.. the very low after sales market value... you will really regret it... im serious!

      if you really want a korean car... go for kia sportage.. heard they are a bit better than hyundai

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    2. I have both a Kia and Hyundai, and the former is slightly better mainly due to the fact that there are less Kia vehicles being serviced sa mga casa.

      For Hyundai - this is largely dependent sa casa as some have a bad habit of suggesting unnecessary service which drives up the cost (engine flushing, fuel treatment, etc.) and of the infamous +1 or +2 liter engine oil (when the specs only call for 6L). Quezon Ave is the better ones although I had good service as well from their Shaw branch before.

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  7. Don't read too much on these biased comments favoring Japanese cars. I bought a 2011 Elantra and was pleased by its reliability (I only had to replace a P100 bushing in 5 years), which was better than my Toyota. I was so pleased that my next car was a 2015 Santa Fe.

    If you are a smart car buyer read into more scientific reliability studies like https://www.mainstreet.com/article/10-most-reliable-car-brands-driving-the-automobile-industry-in-2014/page/10

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    1. I have both Koreans and Jap SUVs (multiple vehicles not like trolls there still driving a Civic EK), they are just the same in terms of reliability, cost, after sales, support, etc.

      After sales is largely dependent on the dealership... plus the horror stories are mostly isolated cases.

      Lots of third party shops and suppliers as well for Koreans.

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    2. You're right. These people probably still lived in the 80s or 90s when japanese cars were reliable and korean were still crap. Nothing against the ek it was a really good car which i was sad to let go due to parking space

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    3. Glad that your "personal" experiences with Korean cars are good.
      The reliability study posted by OP is ancient though-- here's a newer one:
      http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-(VDS)-by-Category/

      Korean cars seem to be missing from the top scores per category. The only Korean model to win a category is the Kia Sportage. Hyundai models are almost none existent at the top scorers per category. Toyota and the other Japanese brands' models are consistently getting high scores though.

      So let's revise your advice, shall we? If you're a smart car buyer, read more into scientific, UP-TO-DATE studies from reliable sources.... and maybe lean towards Japanese models =)

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    4. Haha. Nice one pare. Agree ako sa iyo. Korean cars are inferior. Di kasi marunong mag research tong mga korean car buyers, that's why they bought korean cars in the first place! Kung nag research lang sila ng maayos, sigurado di yan bibili ng korean cars yang mga yan. Napasubo na lang yan kaya panay ang pagjustify nila ng purchase. Nasa denial stage pa kumbaga. Buti nga yung iba tanggap na nila that they bought a crappy korean car.

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    5. I can't open the link you provided. There are a lot of quality surveys available online some may put luxury German brands on top, some may put Japanese on top but Korean brands have improved drastically over the last 10 years. They rank middle of the pack on most quality surveys which does not sound inferior to me. I have no need to justify buying Korean since I am more than satisfied with their quality and their design have really stood for me.

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    6. Hmm, the link seems to be working for me. Oh well, here's the 2016 report which has none of the Korean models winning *any* category:
      http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-(VDS)-by-Category/843ENG

      0 wins across the board for Korea.

      One can argue that Korean brands have improved leaps and bounds over the past 10 years, but they're still consistently below the Japanese brands as far as overall quality and dependability are concerned.

      Which begs the questions--
      If one person really did his homework and read scientific reliability studies, as you might have done, why does the person still buy a Korean brand? Why does one buy a middle-of-the-pack car when one can buy another car for the same price and get more quality use out of it? It really is illogical to me. Unscientific.

      Unless the poster above you is right-- napasubo na lang kaya i-justify na lang and i-convince ang sarili na 'satisfied'.

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    7. Ang tawag po yata dun ay Post-Purchase Rationalization, heh

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    8. You guys talk about quality and other blah blah blah.

      But here's a simple fact. Pit the Santa Fe against ANY other diesel SUV under 2 million pesos and it will shit on them in nearly every criteria.
      Speed? Santa Fe > Fort, Monty, TB, etc. and other diesel na SUVs na hariharian sa expressway. Kahit mga naka-chip na Montero at Trailblazer iyak sa Santa Fe.
      Comfort? Is this even a challenge? Even the Santa Fe rides as nice as the Camry (we own a 2014 Camry. can vouch for this).
      Refinement? Little body roll, cushy but fairly stiff suspension, quiet cabin with little noise, quiet and refined diesel engine, plush seating with great hip and underthigh support.

      A 30 minute test drive is all you need. Yung iba kasi dyan, porke may breadwinner models yung brand, akala nila lahat ng kotse sa line-up ganoon rin. Sure, the higher end Lexus models are awesome for having unique features that can be considered as technology demonstrators. But do you REALLY think even a Camry would be anywhere near as nice as, say a ES350? Of course not! Economies of scale.

      Whatever your brand perceptions here, it doesn't change the fact that some vehicles are great and feel great when you drive them. If you try too hard to be "logical" and introduce an element of prejudice due to whatever perceptions you may have, you've already failed in making a sound purchasing decision.

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    9. ^
      Lawyer ka ba?

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    10. Anon 10:23pm.
      It's obvious nmn na di pa sila nakasakay ng Santa Fe kaya kung ano ano sinasabi sa quality.
      In terms of comfort, refinement, engine power, design and fun to drive di ko alam kung ano makakasabay sa price range na yan na 7 seater. Fuel efficient din yan. and by the way may fortuner din ako kaya i know what I'm talking about.
      Read nyo din ang review ni sir uly dyan.
      kung pagsesearch din ang sinasabi nyo.
      Once na nasakyan nyo na yan for sure mapapansin nyo difference maliban nalang kung manhid ka.
      Kung di mo afford ang maintanance bili ka nlang vios or innova pwede mo pa ipasada or pagkakitaan. D ko irerecommend ang accent na pamasada kasi wala ako non at di ako namamasada.

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    11. Hoy engot wag mo ikumpara ang fortuner sa santa fe. Obviously less comfortable talaga ang fortuner kasi ladder on frame chassis niya. Built for off roading ang fortuner. Try mo gamitin sa bukid ang santa fe.

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    12. you're right. You can't compare it to pambukid quality car.

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    13. Hindi talaga malalaman ang comfort at reliability ang isang sasakyan, hanggang hindi ka nagkakaroon. Kasi 1 month is not enough para mapatunayan mo. Wala sa Brand, Wala rin kung sino ang gumawa. Tiyempo tiyempo ang sira talaga, kasi electronic at mechanical yan walang kasiguraduhAn. Kahit sa 10 cars na pare pareho may 2-3 na sirain. Kaya may warranty sila. At nasa gamit din. Basta bumili kayo ng What you want and what you need at kung masaya kayo sa unit nyo.

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    14. I've read somewhere about JDPower's disrepute for ranking products which include would you believe floormops! Could be the reason why HYUNDAI did not join this circus. Have you read about cracked pistons of pinoy's most popular car brand circulating in the net? Now that is a real horror story pray that it wont happen to you.

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  8. Hmm, the link seems to be working for me. Oh well, here's the 2016 report which has none of the Korean models winning *any* category:
    http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-(VDS)-by-Category/843ENG

    0 wins across the board for Korea.

    One can argue that Korean brands have improved leaps and bounds over the past 10 years, but they're still consistently below the Japanese brands as far as overall quality and dependability are concerned.

    Which begs the questions--
    If one person really did his homework and read scientific reliability studies, as you might have done, why does the person still buy a Korean brand? Why does one buy a middle-of-the-pack car when one can buy another car for the same price and get more quality use out of it? It really is illogical to me. Unscientific.

    Unless the poster above you is right-- napasubo na lang kaya i-justify na lang and i-convince ang sarili na 'satisfied'.

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  9. If napasubo ako like you said, I would have not bought another Korean car or SUV over the good but cramped CX5 and the excellent CRV. Which Japanese brand in the small SUV that the Tucson competes are even on this list? Only the Juke tops the Sportage and Tucson; the CRV and and the CX5 are not even on the list.

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  10. Err, knee-jerk response? A nerve got hit?

    The CRV, RAV4 and CX5 are in the compact SUV category:
    http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-(VDS)-by-Category/843ENG

    Somebody said it's called Post-purchase rationalization. In your case, since you bought *another* Korean car I say Buyer's Stockholm syndrome is more apt.

    Try again sir, please.

    My point is this-- I'm glad that your personal experience with a Korean car model is good. What I simply don't agree with is the assertion that it was a smart buy based on a scientific reliability study.

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    1. Woops, incomplete link:
      http://www.jdpower.com/cars/study/2016-Vehicle-Dependability-Study-%28VDS%29-by-Category/843ENG/Compact-SUV/1131

      There you go. Find the CRV and other SUVs in the list. This just tells me that Tucson is actually considered a smaller vehicle class in other countries. It's on the Juke level and should be evaluated as such.

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    2. Nakakatawa yung bumili ng korean car dalawang beses pa. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

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  11. Of the top compact SUVs, only the RAV4 and CRV exceeds the reliability of the Tucson. According to the link you provided, Tucson's overall dependability equals the Forester and exceeds that of the CX5. That's pretty good company. One thing though, don't we get the lesser Thai-built CRV and RAV while theirs are built in Japan and the US?

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  12. If it's good company to be in the middle tier, sure.

    Lesser-Thai built? Are you saying cars built in Thailand, which are exported worldwide of sub par quality? Or are you thinking that Japanese quality control doesn't extend to its manufacturing facilities outside of Japan? Oh my, I guess all the car manufacturers made a mistake when they set up plants in Thailand.

    You're grasping straws now if that's your argument.

    So now, who builds the Tucsons that are sold here? Please do tell.

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    1. The Tuscan is built in Korea, not Thailand like you suggest.

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  13. So Mazda and Subaru are mid-tier then.

    Korean cars sold in our country are built in South Korea. For my Jap car, I wouldn't buy a spare part that is made in Thailand or China although it is cheaper than the Jap spare part. As a result, it is my personal opinion though that the Japanese built Honda, although more expensive, is of better quality than the Thai version.

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    1. The EON and i20 Cross are built in India.

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    2. only eon and i20 got it.

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  14. Do you know what a faulty generalization is?

    Oh well, let me explain it as if you're a 12 year old--
    The JD Power study says that the Mazda CX5 and the Subaru Forester are in the middle of the pack in terms of dependability. Now does that say anything about the overall brand? No, it does not.

    If the Japanese trust the Thai enough to set up a plant in Thailand and let them manufacture OEM parts, then they earn my trust as well. If your standard are too high though, then so be it.

    But then, even with that high standard, you still bought a Korean car. =)

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  15. Since the Tucson and other Korean cars has been dismissed as crap, JD Powers study makes the CX5 less than crap and the Forester just as crappy. The CRV and the RAV are rated just slightly above crappy. I wonder what small SUV would not be crappy?

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  16. Let's just use JD Powers ratings description instead of resorting to semantics. Crap is such a crude word.

    The CRV and RAV4 are 'better than most'. The Tucson, which incidentally belongs to another category, is 'about average'. The CX5 belongs to 'the rest'. There..much better, right?

    Resorting to semantics, crude, bigoted standards of quality, faulty generalizations, a dash of crab mentality as well. You sir are a piece of work.

    Enjoy your Korean cars. I sure hope they last. They likely won't though. Anyway, there's a saying about fools and their money....

    Peace out...

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  17. enjoy your car too. And stop shoving on other people's throat that your car is much better than them. Base on experience sa car yan. Like me mas na eenjoy ko Santa Fe ko Kaysa fortuner ko. Lao na sa long drive di masakit sa Katawan. Yung fortuner ko service ko yun pag pumupunta sa farm kasi matibay. Pag bumibili ng car dpat sa needs. Di ako ngccomplain sa maintenance sa Santa Fe kasi sa nakukuha Kong comfort and refinement ng car at Sarap e drive. Kinonsider Ko yung forester bago bilhin ant Santa Fe last year Pero Dahil 5 seater sya nag lean na Ko sa 7 seater. Dahil din sa need Ko yung 7 seater at the same time di matagtag sa Byahe yung Santa Fe. ang point Ko wag agad husgahan ang brand. For sure ng test drive mga yan bago bumili Gaya Ko. Nasa pakiramdam din yan. By the way ineexpect Ko din na mas mataas ang maintanance ng Hyundai bago bilhin yun. I'm still happy kasi iba tlga ang comfort and Sarap e drive kaysa sa fortuner Ko. Parang sa hotel Lang yan you have to pay extra to get a better room. Kaya Kung d mo Kayang e maintain wag mo bilhin. Tsaka Kung naka Bili ka ng sasakyan wag mo laitin sasakyan ng iba. Just be happy na maganda sasakyan mo. I won't be surprise Kung Ikaw yung tipo na Tao na tumatawa pag may nasiraan sa Daan.

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    1. Ako yung tipo ng tao na magbibigay ng posporo sa iyo kapag nasiraan ka sa daan.

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    2. Ay, mukhang hinde nagbasa nang mashado--

      Eto lang point ko farmboy:
      I'm glad that your personal experience/s with Korean car models is/are good. What I simply don't agree with is the assertion that buying a Korean car is a smart buy based on any scientific reliability study.

      Am I shoving any car or brand down anybody's throats?

      At least ikaw tanggap mo na mas mataas maintenance mo. Yung kapwa mo kasi in denial. =)

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    3. Proud farm boy ako hehe. Sa Lola Ko Lang yun actually. Pero laki din sa farm. Unang sasakyan Ko kalabaw. Ang gas Nya damo. Pag nag overheat tlgang patay tlga. Hehe. Old times. Sa magbibigay ng posporo sa nasiraan I'm sure matutuwa yung nasiraan pag Sinabi mo yun sa mukha nya. Hehehe

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    4. Pahabol Lang. Kung practicality ang priority nyo wag nyo na tignan Santa Fe or Tucson. Mag innova kayo. Yan kasi lagi binibida ng uncle Ko yung innova Nya. Heheh. Jap car pa. D Ko Lang alarm sa new model. Sobrang tumaas Yata ang price.

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    5. Crosswind na lng wala naman masyadong difference sa innova

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    6. Meron. Toyota daw yun. Ayaw Nya daw isuzuk. Tpos mga elf Nya puro Isuzu naman. Uncle tlga.

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    7. Anong farmboy sinsabi mo...baka driver ka ng nagdedeliver ng botcha? Elf ang dala mo at sta fe nueva vizcaya ka nagbebenta ng pork sa palengke...

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  18. I csn afford to buy a 2 mil suv and i would worry about higher maintenance cost? Where is the logic in that? I pay 8-10k in oil change a year for the synthetic only but i save up to 2k per mth in fuel costs compared to my previous gas suv.

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    1. Some people misconstrue the definition of the word 'afford'. Akala nila kung afford nila yung 100 to 200K na down at kaya bayaran ang monthly, "afford" na sa kanila yun. Sus. Sa totoo, umutang lang sila para makabili ng kotse. That's why they factor in maintenance cost so greatly.

      Ewan ko sa kanila. Kahit ako kaya ko naman bumili ng mga brand new Benz o Porsche ng cash, stick pa rin ako sa mga 2M and under na car. Bahala na maintenance. Masmahal pa kain-kain namin sa labas kaysa maintenance ng mga kotse. Tsaka ang malaking lamang lang naman ng luxury brands would be engine performance mostly. They have options for much more powerful engines. Other than that there's little separating the mass market brands from luxury brands these days. Hindi ko feel na yung Forester o Santa Fe ko ay marginally inferior sa mga kotse katulad ng X5 or Q5. Quality of the interior not as good but definitely not proportional to the price difference. Mas luxurious pa nga sakyan yung Santa Fe ko sa X5 ng kaibigan ko. Gulat ako sa pagkastiff ng ride ng X5. Parang di luxury car.

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    2. Tama Ka dyan anonymous 10:36. Blindfold mo mga yan tpos sakay mo sa passenger seat Ng montero fortuner at Santa Fe. Kung pipili Lang sila base on experience sa ride. Mabilis Na Santa Fe yan. There's a good reason Kung bakit mas gsto sumasakay sa Santa Fe Ko sina Lolo at Lola Ko. Kasi di sumasakit katawan nila pag long drive. D yan pipili Kung Toyota or Honda yan. Pipili yan Kung San mas comfortable.

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    3. Correct ka dyan, Ako naka santa fe DM 4x4. Medyo mahal pero value for the money. iba ito sa lahat ng under 2 million suv of my past suv. sarap I- drive

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    4. Mga gunggong! Bakit ba ninyo kinukumpara ang sante fe sa mga SUV na ladder on frame chassis at sasabihin niyong mas comfortable ito?! Engot pala kayo syempre mas comfortable ang santa fe kasi crossover ito! Hindi ito true SUV! Hindi ito para sa off road! Ikumpara niyo siya sa CRV, CX5 at Rav4, wag sa fortuner! Mga bobo!

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    5. Range rover na nga king of offroad wala na gumamit ng ladder on frame pajero also uses unibody. Dito lang ata sa pilipinas mabenta ang ladder on frame. Competition ng santa fe ay pilot at explorer

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    6. you are still paying too much for synthetic oil change. :) 3-4k fully synthetic oil change is possible for sub 2M SUVs these days.

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    7. pwede naman mineral yata SF but you have to change it every three months. Too much hassle for most people not like synthetic twice a year lang

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  19. For P1.5+ million, it could have at least included a touchscreen infotainment system instead of that dated dot matrix one.

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    1. Yeah the infotainment looks dated but I personally like buttons rather than the touchscreen coz its easier to use while driving. It looks pricey but if you compare it the the diesel CX5 which costs P2-mil it looks like a bargain.

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    2. I'm sure you can put a home theater system to your car with that 500k price margin. I hope you're just joking.

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    3. cars should have touch screen infotainment systems already, save for the base models. Its 2016 already.

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  20. So is this a bad choice for a first car? Our family is planning to buy an SUV and the Tucson is one of our choices actually the lower trim one (Either the 2.0 GL 6AT 2WD or the Tucson 2.0 CRDi GL 6AT 2WD (Dsl)) our other choice would be the Honda HR-V 1.8 E or 1.8 EL.:)

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    1. Try mo Rav4 active+. 1.4M lang, 2.5L na engine nun.

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    2. Yeah rav4 is a good choice but you have to spend more sa fuel coz mas mahal consumption and price sa gas. Best choice kung gas i think is crv

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    3. Parang masikip para sa akin ang hrv tapos mas attracted ko sa power and fuel efficiency ng tucson diesel. Hrv has better electronic gadgets but para sa akin hindi important yan they are the first to usually go bust in a car

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    4. Mabagal yung CRV na makukuha niya sa budget. The 2.0L CRV only. Ok lang siguro kung city driving pero kung highway? Forget about it. Better get the Rav4. Wag ka padala sa korean car, they may look good on paper and test drive pero long term reliability is still in question.

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    5. Ano5 1990s pa ba ngayon para sabihin mo na di reliable ang Korean cars?

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    6. Compare a 10 year old korean car vs japanese car. Balikan mo ako sa results.

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    7. This past 5 years lang naman nag improve ang quality ng Korean cars nung nakuha nila yung Audi designer. Noon hindi maganda ang reliability nila pero ngayon ok naman kanilang reliability basehan sa links sa JD Power binigay sa taas. Kasingpareha na nang Forester ang reliability ng Tucson pero mas mababa sa RAV4 na pinakauna na small SUV.

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    8. Euro design does not equate to reliability, dumb arse.

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    9. tucson 2016 manual nga sakay ko 9 na adult 4 sa gitna 3 sa may likuran sa may tailgate naka 120 pa ako sa cavitex..hahaha..kung naranasan nyo tumira sa saudi arabia 2 brand lang nag hahari dun hyundai at toyota..FYI mostly taxi dun camry, elantra at sonata..wala kang makikita na honda sa kalsada kung merun man napaka bihira lang accord...

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    10. kung euro brand pag usapan madami rin maintenance at problema normal yan sa auto..im working in BMW KSA..

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    11. galling din ako sa Qatar puro Hyundai ang taxi dun sa tindi ng init sa kalsada hindi uubra ang ibang brand

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  21. Lahat kayo puro comfort, tagtag accessories. Yun malakas na engine DURAMAX kunin ninyo...mga bakla kc kayo kaya ang choice nyo na car ay cutie. Magpakalalaki kayo...gumamit ng T.R.U.C.K Chevy Colorado !

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    1. Chevrolet is a joke. Their service is worse than those koreans, and that's saying something. My friend waited 9 f***ing hours for them to change the brake pads of his colorado. NINE F***ING HOURS. Now let that sink in.

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    2. Cummins is the best diesel found in Fotons

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  23. Kalurki ka kuya!!

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  24. Navarra na lang best pickup truck in the segment kaya lng ying iba hindi naman esp. Sa city hindi naman magamit ang pickup bed useless lng sa amin tapos wla namang offroad track sa city ano lng gamit ng pickup? Pangporma?

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    1. Dont limit your pricely vehicle in the city. Go out into the open country to have fresh air. Have the heart to take the road less travelled and enjoy the sunset with your family . But be sure your baby suv can bring you back home when the unexpected comes!

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  25. Navara's rear coil spring suspension is very soft, cannot handle heavy duty. When it comes to power and torque, it is only next to the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the sexy Strada. Today and nowhere in the distant future no truck can defeat the 200NM & 500NM DURAMAX ENGINE of the CHEVY COLORADO. This is the vehicle of choice for men who got balls !

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    1. not all men got balls. Hey, dig this out - how about the Ford Raptor's 450HP and 610NM ?... Im sure your duramax chevy colorado will eat dust. Now, we're talking balls here.

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  26. Carguide.ph subjects normally deals with vehicles locally sold in the philippines.
    For abnormal like you, go to the states and compare your F150 Raptor againts the likes of Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and FCA Ram. Sure we're talking balls here but you talk nonsense!

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  27. do your homework. marami gray market na raptors sa pinas. my bro in law has one. the point is - pinaguusapan dito tucson- hindi colorado!.. just letting you have a dose of your own medicine! I talk sensibly, you talk crap.

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  28. Kung Tucson pinaguusapan, bakit nabanggit cx5, rav4, sta fe at iba pa? At ikaw lang bumanggit ng imported na raptor? bihira pa lng raptor dito sa pinas, f150 marami at dahil sa sobrang bagal halos lahat punerarya gamit pang karga ng ataul !

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  30. we had also a 2012 santa fe before. no issues for 4yrs until there was one squeaky sound when the wheel is hard port (hard right). twas sent to casa and they found nothing to fix it but they still charged us around 800 pesos. then, the 2nd time, still charged us the same. and all was history. Should u be pissed? ill have a new hyundai after 20yrs, maybe..

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    1. Probably bushings or ball joint. Anyway yeah, their services really suck. What do you expect? Its korean.

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  31. Its better than my previous Toyota whose battery exploded in my garage and spewede acid all over the place, necessitating an expensive re-tile of the garage. And it was less than a year old. Never buying this Thai built crap badged as a Toyota anymore

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    1. Battery's fault. Not the car itself. Learn to know what caused the problem dumbass.

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    2. It is stock battery from Toyota retard

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    3. If you don't see the brand Toyota on the battery then its not from toyota. Probably local

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    4. It was totota battery and the dealer washed responsibility

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    5. Dealer washed responsibility? That can't be possible if it is their fault. According to the civil code (charot), the person who is negligent is liable for the damages he caused due to said negligent act. Unless it truly is your fault, there's no way in hell that they can get away with their responsibility to give you compensation for their negligence.

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    6. This is the Philippines what can you do? File a case thats gonna take forever? I dont have the time to waste on that

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    7. I admit the legal system is slow and shitty but still, you should teach these bastards a lesson.

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  32. I,ve tried one, engine is not responsive. You have to step on the accelerator pedal deeply before the car moves forward.

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  33. sir uly is this different from the 2.0 gls crdi 2wd variant? thanks

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  34. I have a 2014 santa fe and its mileage is already 73k.. Primarily used for long trips and out of town projects.. Wala pa siyang three years... Yes its true na unmatched ang ride and comfortability ng santa fe.. Sobrang smooth sya.. And the speed? Yes its so fast konting apak mo pa lang sa gas pedal arangkada na kaagad.. BUT... This is not a car na pangmatagalan.. Its disposable if you intend it to use it rigorously.. Its very expensive to maintain.. Front brakes for 8k? Seriously?? And durability wise? It is still far behind toyota.. Airconditon system failed twice already.. Resale value? Very low kasi nga sirain... I could sell this suv for only 950k at the most.. So if cons doesnt bother u and you have the money to maintain it then go buy it.. But if you are a practical person like me.. Dont buy hyundai... Toyota is boring but bulletproof.. Will definitely dispose my santa fe and buy fortuner instead.

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    1. Too bad you have a bad experience with your santa fe. Nag join ka sana sa santa fe club they can teach you where mas makamura ka sa parts and service. Not all dealers are the same since they make most money off service some are greedier than others. Never regretted buying a 2012 santa fe wla pa ko nasiraan knock on wood. If you cannlive with the ride of the fortuner its a good choice but try it out first i bought a fort before the santa fe but didnt use it out much because everbody in the fam complaining about the ride. My only choice before buying the santa fe was the explorer but gas prices were high and it had a reputation of being a gas guzzler

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  35. 73k km in less than 3 years. Wow. Even my rental fortuner is only 48k km in 3 and half years. That's driving till the car drops I guess.

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  36. The Tuscan just scored far higher than the CRV or Rav4 in the US for crash scores, although it is a bit smaller and lighter than the Rav4 and CRV.

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  37. read this:
    http://www.carcomplaints.com/Hyundai/Tucson/

    http://www.hyundai-forums.com/2016-tucson-ix35-models/473089-2016-tucson-direct-injection-transmission-problems.html

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  38. just buy Isuzu crosswind

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