A compact crossover’s interior space and amenities are its major advantages over similarly-priced SUVs. Manufacturers tend to make the overall cabin vibe of these cars more comfortable to be in. And of course, ride comfort that seven-seaters aren’t known for.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson tend to follow that trend but with a little extra – a very fuel-efficient diesel engine that could rival smaller cars when it comes to frugality. But that comes with a price, I reckon. Technology and safety features aren’t the Tucson’s sharpest tools. Now, let’s take a closer look at its interior and cargo space.
Modest interior with cavernous room
I’m in the middle ground when it comes to the Tucson’s interior design and material quality, with a little bias on the positive side. The layout of the dashboard is organized and with ergonomics in mind. It will only take you around 10 minutes before you could familiarize with all the car’s controls after sitting behind the wheel.
The materials used are also soft to the eyes plus the colors of the backlights are in unison. It looks great, especially when in conjunction with the floating infotainment system at the center. My only gripe is the type of materials used. 30% of the plastics, albeit masked with a matte finish, are the hard type, including the left elbow rest by the driver’s door.
Looking at the price tag and the fabric-clad seats could raise eyebrows, but if it’s creature comfort that you’re after, the Tucson is on the upper hand. The fabric is soft and feels nice to the touch, there are abundant cubbyholes and cupholders for all of the car’s occupants as well.
Of course, space is among the class leaders – something that the Tucson can be proud of. The rear middle passenger wouldn’t have any issues even during long drives, especially with the center console-mounted A/C vents pointed right at him/her.
Cargo space over seven seats: Win
The Tucson didn’t give up its humungous cargo area for additional seats, and that’s a good move. Even without folding the rear backrests, the cargo area would reveal so much cargo area, it could fit a standard-sized child stroller, two months worth of groceries, and then a little more space for smaller bags.
Fold the backrests and you could probably fit a small washing machine in the trunk. That’s something you might have a hard time doing in seven-seater compact crossovers and midsize SUVs, as a flat and spacious cargo area is a rare sight in cars with third rows.