Hyundai Tucson 2022 review: Long-term Part 5 finding helpful tech features – Highlander N Line diesel AWD


From phones to fridges, buying anything new in 2022 means you have to face the inevitable questions of “how much tech do you want to have?”

And this is especially true for cars.

Fortunately, the Tucson – at least in our Highlander test car form – is loaded to the gills with all the tech you could possibly need, future-proofing it for many years of driving to come.

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Let’s start with the basics.

As standard, there’s the usual tariff you’ll find on many models from many manufacturers. There are automatic wipers and headlights, push-button start, wireless smartphone charging and keyless entry – commonplace, yet practical things you want in any modern automobile.

I’ll also point out our test car’s nice steering wheel, as there are buttons and functions to control almost anything you’d want, like phone calls, cruise control, and adjusting screen reading. driver – right there in the palm of your hands.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the 2022 Tucson lineup, but the base model comes with an 8.0-inch screen, while the Elite and Highlander have a larger 10.25-inch screen .

Curiously, the smaller screen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly, while the larger screen requires a cable.

Either way, this feature works as expected, although Android Auto only works for the leftmost USB port for us, and larger systems also have the added benefit of digital radio.

The larger screen is also so large that Android Auto only shows around two-thirds of the screen, leaving room for secondary functions such as a radio and media information display. .

The Tucson Highlander is loaded to the gills with all the technology you could possibly need. (Photo: Tung Nguyen)

However, if you forget a cable, it is also good to know that from the Elite level there is the inclusion of satellite navigation which works quickly and intuitively.

Highlander grades also score an upgraded eight-speaker audio system, which sounds great and has a subwoofer that can really pump up the bass.

In terms of safety, the full suite is available, with driver attention alert, lead vehicle departure, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, safety exit warning, adaptive cruise control and tire pressure monitoring – all wonderful things to have when hauling valuable cargo.

The premium Highlander gets blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, rear park collision avoidance, surround view monitor and front parking sensors, all of which are nice upgrades and make navigating the daycare parking lot a bit easier.

Other cool features on our Tucson include a drive mode selector with a “smart” feature that can change settings based on driving behavior.

And while that’s a nice set-it-and-forget-it feature, we actually prefer to keep the Tucson in ‘Eco’ mode because – let’s be honest – how often do you need ‘Sport’ mode in a Family SUV?

The premium Highlander gets Blind Spot Monitoring, High Beam Assist and Rear Park Collision Avoidance.  (Photo: Tung Nguyen) The premium Highlander gets Blind Spot Monitoring, High Beam Assist and Rear Park Collision Avoidance. (Photo: Tung Nguyen)

Our all-wheel-drive, diesel-powered variant also offers three terrain modes – “Snow”, “Mud” and “Sand” – increasing the extent of the Tucson’s usability, but we haven’t yet found a situation where we needed these options.

It should be noted that these three settings are exclusive to diesel-powered Tucsons, so the option of a gasoline powertrain means you will miss these modes.

Now let’s see what really sets the Tucson Highlander apart from some rivals, and why you might want to spend the extra cash to get the top-tier variant.

The electronically adjustable driver’s seat has two memory functions, meaning you and your partner can save your desired positions and, with the push of a button, the Tucson’s seat will fall into place.

The driver’s seat also automatically moves back when the ignition is off for easier entry and exit, and it’s those little touches that I (and my pregnant wife) really appreciate after five months with the car.

And electronic adjustment applies to the front passenger seat as well, and our test car came with a driver-accessible button to move the seat forward and recline.

Highlander grades also mark an upgraded eight-speaker audio system. Highlander grades also mark an upgraded eight-speaker audio system.

This makes it ideal if you want to give your kids a bit more space and don’t have to untwist to reach the seat controls – but this feature is exclusively available for Highlander grades.

The gear selector is also unique, as the shift-by-wire setup means a series of buttons to select drive, reverse, neutral or park rather than a clumsy, outdated shifter.

Honestly, we thought we’d hate this feature, but it’s really grown on us over our time with the car, and doesn’t make it any less intuitive to use.

Another key feature is the electronic parking brake.

Throw the car in reverse or drive and it will automatically disengage with the push of the throttle, no need to flip the switch here.

It also automatically engages when parked, and a nice feature is that it won’t automatically disengage unless the driver’s seat belt is fastened – safety first, guys.

The Tucson includes a drive mode selector with a The Tucson includes a drive mode selector with a “smart” feature that can change settings based on driving behavior.

However, the standout feature of our Tucson Highlander is remote park and start.

To be honest, we’ve rarely found a time when these features would come in handy in our day-to-day car use, but there’s no denying the cool factor of starting the car from your keys for the air conditioning to start, and you and your toddler can waltz in a cool interior on a hot day.

Likewise, remote parking is a nice party trick if the parking space is too tight, but with a child seat in the back, one prefers to find another parking space that allows the door to be opened wide to make get the little one out.

Despite all these technical features, however, there is one omission that we must point out.

The Tucson, even in its premium Highlander guise with the N Line package, lacks a head-up display.

While not a deal breaker for some, it’s worth noting this missing feature when rivals offer a windshield display on cheaper models.

Our all-wheel-drive diesel variant also offers three terrain modes: 'Snow', 'Mud' and 'Sand'.  (Photo: Tung Nguyen) Our all-wheel-drive diesel variant also offers three terrain modes: ‘Snow’, ‘Mud’ and ‘Sand’. (Photo: Tung Nguyen)

Overall, though, the Tucson serves up plenty of fruit to keep tech-heads happy – and we didn’t even delve into the multitude of functions and features buried in the infotainment system, like a silent mode or ambient sounds. .

If you’re looking for a model that will stay fresh for many years and potentially last until you’re ready to upgrade to an electric or electrified family car, the Tucson should be at the top of your consideration list.

Acquired: March 2022

Distance traveled this month: 516km

Odometer: 6453km

Average fuel consumption for the month of August: 8.9L/100 (measured at the pump)

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