The £25,995 price tag buys you looks inspired by the i30 N.
The Qashqai-rivalling SUV takes design cues from the go-faster N models in the Hyundai range, offering drivers a bit of sports car styling without the associated price tag or running costs. It’s a formula that’s now commonplace in the industry, with Mercedes producing AMG Line versions of its models and Volkswagen building R Line variants of its offerings.
In the case of the Tucson N Line, the model sits in the middle of the Tucson range, building on the lowlier SE Nav model with a range of tweaks. Externally, the car is set apart by its sporty front and rear bumpers, dark grille and black finishes to the 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and door mirror housings. Black headlight bezels, unique LED daytime running lights and darkened window frames complete the look.
Inside, it’s a similar story, with a host of sport-inspired enhancements. The sports seats are trimmed with leather and suede with red contrast stitching - a feature that also appears on the steering wheel. Alloy pedals make an appearance in the driver’s footwell, too, and there’s a leather-wrapped, red-accented gear lever.
All that is included in the £25,995 price tag, along with heated front seats, keyless entry and black cloth headlining. There’s climate control, front and rear parking sensors and privacy glass, too, not to mention the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Lurking behind that screen is a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 174 bhp and a manual gearbox, although those prepared to fork out £27,285 can have the automatic version. And if you’re happy to pay £27,760, you can have the 134 bhp 1.6-litre diesel with a mild-hybrid system. Available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, it recuperates energy normally lost under braking and uses it to charge a 48-volt battery. Under acceleration, the energy is redeployed to help the engine out, improving efficiency.
But although the petrol is cheaper than the diesel, it boasts some sports-derived mechanical upgrades not available on the diesel. There’s a sportier power steering system that is designed to offer more feel and a more linear response, while the suspension has been adjusted to make it slightly stiffer at both the front and rear.
Ashley Andrew, the managing director of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The Tucson N Line is the first model outside of the i30 family to receive some of the N magic and gives our customers the desirable package of hot hatch style, sportier handling and SUV practicality. The N Line trim has been well received by customers since its introduction last year on i30 and combining this with the always popular Tucson range gives us the confidence that this won’t be a model that customers take long to decide upon”