Road tripping in a Tucson Get the catch of the day

2016-10-26 06:00
Hyundai Amanzimtoti sales team member Manqoba Mtyhalela celebrates with buyer, Mr M.L Mpisana, the new owner of a Hyundai Tuscon. Photo: supplied

Hyundai Amanzimtoti sales team member Manqoba Mtyhalela celebrates with buyer, Mr M.L Mpisana, the new owner of a Hyundai Tuscon. Photo: supplied

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HYUNDAI has created a winning recipe with its latest offerings and the Korean automaker’s new Tucson, aka the next-generation ix35, is no exception.

10 Things you should know about the Hyundai Tucson:

• Hyundai has lifted its game considerably for its latest Tucson. Overall it’s a refined and stylish SUV.

• Since its launch, local dealers, Hyundai says, are selling an average of 400 units per month.

• Great interior quality, the cabin has been substantially upgraded with the addition of soft-touch materials.

• The Tucson’s seats are soft and makes you feel like you’re sitting on a comfortable lounge chair whether you’re upfront driving the SUV or seated at the rear.

• The assertive chromed front grille and its LED daytime running lights and high-performance headlights add to its stylish looks.

• It is enjoyable on the road. The 2.0-litre power figures are rated at 115kW/196Nm compared to the 1.6-litre 130kW/265Nm. The 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, is a lot punchier and more enjoyable when driving along Clarence Drive (R44) en route from Gordon’s Bay to Hermanus. That being said, overall I’d choose the more premium-specced 2.0-litre. It is fitted with cruise control, blind spot detection, glove-box cooling, sunroof, reversing camera and parking sensors all round.

What’s more, it has off-road capabilities and can handle a few “S”-bends along the Cape’s mountain passes.

• It’s frugal - The 2.0-litre Tucson’s fuel consumption is rated as 9.0 litres/100km and is fitted with a 62-litre fuel tank.

• It has a huge boot - Hyundai says the cargo area behind the front seats measures to 1478 litres with the second row of seats folded flat, while the boot space is rated at 488 litres.

• It’s rated as one of SA’s best SUVs - SA’s female motoring journalists voted the new Tucson as the best compact SUV in its segment in the 2016 SA Women’s Car of the Year competition.

• In August, the Tucson was named the 2016 Women on Wheels South African Car of the Year by a majority vote.

— Janine van der Post, Wheels 24.

LOCAL motor vehicle dealership manager, Mike Gradwell, is well known in the community for his sense of humour, honesty and expertise in vehicle sales and true to the area he represents, his love of fishing.

Gradwell is actually a Millwright by trade.

“I did not like the trade and thought I would try the motor industry,” Mike says with a twinkle in his eye.

In 1996, he joined Village Mall Auto in central Amanzimtoti.

“In 1999 I was asked by the owner of King Kars, Rowan Hampson to join them and I ran the used car division for four years and later I joined McCarthy in both new and used vehicles.

“I rejoined Rowan at Hyundai Amanzimtoti dealership in December 2012 and have been here since,” he says. Gradwell’s advice to used vehicle buyers is not to buy privately.

“Car dealerships put used vehicles through several checks to ensure quality and roadworthiness. This you do not get from a private seller,” he says.

His philosophy is, among other things, to be totally honest with every customer.

“We have four very experienced sales staff to deal with customer needs and queries.”

In the new-vehicle division, the branch and brand offers top quality products with the Hyundai Tucson featuring among the finalists for South African Car of the Year. The Car of the Year finalists were chosen by a 28-member jury, elected by their peers, from an original list of 35 eligible vehicle ranges.

The Hyundai Tucson 1.7 diesel manual will launch locally in November, followed by the Tucson 2-litre diesel Elite Auto in December. - Supplied.

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