If I’ve to describe the interiors in a word, then it’s premium, as in case of most Hyundais. Some have found the interiors design to be too simple to suit their taste but isn’t it much safer than overdoing? Steering resembles closely to that of Hyundai Verna, though this unit is equipped with a lot more buttons. Overall interiors plastic quality is of superior-grade and nothing to nitpick about. Front seats are wide and extremely supportive but I’d have preferred more underthigh support or atleast an option to extend the same. You get a proper SUV-like commanding view of the road from driver’s seat, which is 10-way power adjustable on mid and top variants. Sadly, passenger seat is manually adjustable and skips height adjust function too. Ingress and egress isn’t the most convenient (but at the same time, not as bad as of full-size SUVs). This problem becomes severe if you’ve elders at home. Side steps, in that case, are one of those accessories which are worth investing in.
The dashboard layout is straight-forward and even those who might be upgrading from car segments lower will find getting acquainted with it hassle-free. The instrument cluster is uncluttered and looks neat at night times. MID is bigger on GLS Diesel and offers quite a few details including temperature, odometer average mileage, distance-to-empty, due service, current speed, current gear as well as settings to adjust doors, lights, sound etc features. The 8” high-definition touchscreen head unit right in middle of dashboard comes handy and is easy-to-read. It enables you to operate music system (FM / AM / USB / Aux-in), use telephone via Bluetooth or access GPS navigation. You can even link it with smartphones using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The audio-setup is equipped with four speakers and two tweeters. This experience is enhanced by Arkamys’ sound mood option. Overall, Tucson’s ICE offers a pleasing experience that wouldn’t let you down.
The in-car entertainment and auto-climate control buttons are wide and well-placed which makes it convenient to use them from ergonomics view point. The headlamp and washer stalks are thick and positioned as per local norms (unlike in European cars). There’s no auto-wiper option though. The cubbyholes are abundant. Starting from wide door pockets to multiple cubbyholes in center console, one wouldn’t need to search for space to store routine items. However, it’s worth pointing out that gearlever on variants GL and below is located on left unlike GLS version which gets it on right (due to electronic parking brake) and at the same time frees up some room for an additional storage compartment in the center console. Some minor storage spaces include a thin pocket on passenger side footwell in center console, sunglass holder on roof, ticket holder on sun visor etc. For bigger items, glovebox and under front armrest storage areas offer decent flexibility. The glovebox is cooled and more on the deeper side. Front armrest storage, too, is spacious and equipped with an extra plastic holder to increase its utility.
The interiors on rear part are equally spacious as the front although there’s very less stuff for the passengers to fiddle around with. The rear bench is large, offering ample of headroom and legroom. The wide rear window and a quarter-glass helps to improve roominess, but since it rises higher as it approaches towards the back, short passengers have to popup their head to get a decent view. The rear AC vents are tidily integrated on the front armrest console. You can only shut or direct their air-flow from back seat (no separate temperature controls). Neither transmission tunnel nor the air-con vents console is much of an obstruction for the third passenger. But I suspect if someone would still want to be there for long, given the backrest (which happens to be armrest in this case) is stiff and there isn’t much space left anyway if two full-grown adults sit on both the sides. However, good news is that rear seatback can be reclined as per convenience. There’s no lack of storage spaces here either. Front seatback features net-pockets to hold magazines. The door pockets can also accommodate a liter bottle each. The 60:40 split rear seat along with a massive 513 liters of luggage room and auto-boot feature makes Tucson a very practical urban-SUV.