Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines Review: Price, Seating Capacity, Specs, Interior, Exterior & more

Updated Oct 14, 2020

Get full information about price, specs, seating capacity, interior, exterior and performance of the baby SUV in our Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines review.

Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines: Overview

In this article, Philkotse feels the need to make you (Hyundai fans, SUVs fans or just a Pinoy car lover) better comprehend the Tucson, more specifically, the current top-of-the-line Tucson 2.0 GLS CRDI 2WD 2018 through this Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines review.

The Hyundai Tucson has been always known as one of the most popular vehicles from Hyundai. It has been 13 years since the first Tucson made its way in the open road and around 6 years since the second-generation came. Then, two years ago, the third iteration of the Tucson officially hit our shores. Now, you can put the first one and the latest together to clearly see how the Tucson has grown up. 

To be honest, it is hard to imagine that this crossover SUV can become a serious contender in the global automotive market in general, and in the Philippines in particular at its first launch. However, at this moment, we dare say that the compact crossover has successfully accomplished its mission.

Hyundai Tucson 2017 Review

Now, let’s uncover the way the Hyundai Tucson has conquered our heart in our full review on

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1. Hyundai Tucson 2018 Exterior

Hyundai Tucson 2018 angular front

The Hyundai Tucson has been always known for one of the most popular vehicles from Hyundai

Before all else, it can be said that the Hyundai Tucson 2018 exterior design dictates its value. Getting our first impression is the refined trademark Hyundai fluidic design language which covers most parts of the outside. The hexagonal front grille is now larger, upright and is surrounded by slimmed down projection headlamps while the taillights are slimmer and more subtle. The baby SUV also looks bolder and sophisticated with outside mirror repeaters, waistline molding and 18-inch alloy wheels protected by square-shaped wheel arches.

Hyundai Tucson 2018 angular front

The Hyundai Tucson exterior design dictates its value

Hyundai Tucson 2018 side view

Getting our first impression is the refined trademark Hyundai fluidic design language 

Exclusively speaking of the rear, apart from the new taillights, the aerodynamic design is overtly manifested by a solid rear spoiler with High-mounted stop lamp (HMSL) beside rear reflectors and wiper. Nevertheless, hope that the Korean manufacturer will soon replace the pole-type antenna by a modern shark fin one. The current is old-school and somehow lowers the car’s handsome look. Whatever, Hyundai has done excellently.

Hyundai Tucson 2018 angular rear

At the rear, the aerodynamic design is overtly manifested

2. Hyundai Tucson 2018 Interior

In the main, the Hyundai Tucson 2018 interior originates from the aim of maximizing users’ comfort. Accordingly, the Tucson attracts us to its luxurious-feeling buttons and stalks. The controls, in the meantime, are also reengineered to be easier to use and access. Still, there is a large abuse of hard plastic here, making the cockpit less luxury and elegant to some extent. Skip this and put a greater focus on other details.

2018 Hyundai Tucson interior

The interior originates from the aim of maximizing users’ comfort

2.1. Hyundai Tucson 2018 review: seating capacity

2018 Hyundai Tucson seating capacity

Regardless of a 5-seater, the Tucson is truly more commodious and comfortable than it seems to be

Firstly, the dashboard’s horizontal layout boosts a feeling of space in the cockpit. Besides, supportive seats promise to give you great moments in daily traffic. Particularly, passengers in both the front and the back will be hooked on the sense of equal comfort. Even, those in the rear seats can benefit from the dual rear air ventilations. Regardless of a 5-seater, the Tucson is truly more commodious and comfortable in terms of seating capacity than it seems to be.

2.2. Hyundai Tucson 2018 review: cargo space

Need space for your stuff? The rear seats can be simply adjusted to your needs. Yes, when they’re folded, a roomy cargo space of up to 513 liters will be created. Just open the tailgate by a smart key (lower-end variants come with manual tailgate) to load and unload your cargo. Further, luggage net and screen are also available.

a man loading stuff in a Hyundai Tucson 2018 cargo

Just open the tailgate by a smart key to load and unload your cargo

2.3. Infotainment system

Infotainment system includes a 3.8-inch Mono LCD, radio and CD, Trip Computer, 6 speakers, Aux and USB connectivity. Are these enough to keep you entertained and during long rides?

2018 Hyundai Tucson dashboard

The infotainment system will keep you entertained and during long rides

What’s more, the all-new Tucson also connects your senses with the up-to-the-minute Human Machine Interface for your ultimate driving enjoyment.

3. Hyundai Tucson 2018 Review: Safety & Security

Rear Parking Assist System of 2018 Hyundai Tucson

The SUV comes with Rear Parking Assist System

It goes without saying that safety is the first thing in your mind of all times. And Hyundai understands that. The brand continues to apply standard safety features of intelligent driving to the new Tucson and surely, the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GLS CRDI 2WD 2018 is pampered more. Nowadays, your safe journey will be ensured with cutting-edge safety techs like:

  • Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) With EBD
  • Rear View Mirror
  • Downhill Brake Control (DBC)
  • Key System (Smart Key, Button Start, Alarm)
  • Immobilizer
  • Safety Window
  • Rear Parking Assist System
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locking

In defiance of such those safety qualities, there exists a problem that you should be attentive. That’s the visibility. As a consequence of small greenhouse and thick A-pillars, the baby Tucson has a certain number of blind spots. Hence, you should be cautious to avoid potential crashes on the roads.

4. Hyundai Tucson 2018 Review: Performance

Dynamic”, “powerful” and “efficient” is enough said about this petite Tucson. It could be said with certainty that the Tucson is a true leader in performance as well as fuel efficiency which promises to bring you a stimulating and fun-to-drive experience.

A men and a Hyundai Tucson 2017

“Dynamic”, “powerful” and “efficient” is enough said about this baby Tucson

The all-new Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines packs a 1,995 cc R-Line 2.0-liter 4-cylinder CRDI diesel engine which is capable of dishing out 185 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 402 Nm of peak torque at 2,750 rpm. With these figures, maybe we have nothing to grumble about the compact SUV. 

In the real world, it can even provide a great surge of urgency in any situation. Using a tuned engine, it comes as no surprise when we find a temporary lapse in power before the turbo kicks. Afterwards, the SUV, however, will perform like a locomotive with just few vibrations at high speed.

Hyundai Tucson 2018 gearbox

The engine is coupled with the CRDI engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission

Coupled with the CRDI engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission. Actually, upshifts are quicker that the downshifts, but the gearbox fulfills its duty of keeping the engine running smoothly all the time. There is a lack of paddle shifters here but in this case, they’re dispensable. In all surfaces, our Tucson is extremely comfort, purified and quiet. It takes in even heavy bumps and ruts besides minimizing all types of noise before it forays into the cockpit.

Huyndai Tucson 2018 side view

As regards handling, it is under control and very enjoyable

As regards handling, it is under control and very enjoyable. In spite of that, the steering wheel needs repairing indeed. It’s too slow that drivers have to adjust the steering angle mid-corner continuously within animated drives. The heavy throttle and brakes moderately obstruct the comfort when you’re behind the wheel, too.

As cited above, the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GLS CRDI 2WD 2018 is all about the evenness of performance and fuel economy. In detail, the car has decent consumption of 4.54 – 9.8 km/L at an average speed of 5 and 17 km/h, respectively in the city. On highways, on the other hand, it returns 20.83 km/L at 71 km/h.

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5. Hyundai Tucson 2018 Specs Philippines

Hyundai Tucson 2018 specs in the Philippines (top-of-the-line variant)
Year Introduced 2016
Classification Compact Crossover
The Basics
Body Type 5-door SUV
Seating 5
Engine/Drive F/F
Length 4,475 mm
Width 1,850 mm
Height 1,660 mm
Wheelbase 2,670 mm
Curb Weight 1,593 kg
Headlamps Halogen
Fog Lamps Yes
Auto Lights No
Rain-sensing Wipers No
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt/Telescopic
Seating Surface Fabric
Seating Adjustment Electric (driver)
Folding Rear Seat 60/40
On-board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Power Windows Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Steering Yes
Climate Control Manual, with Rear Vents
Steering Control Yes
Audio System
  • Stereo
  • CD
  • MP3
  • Aux
  • USB
  • 6 Speakers
Safety & Security
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Parking Sensors Yes
Traction/Stability Control Yes
Hill Start Assist Yes
Hill Descent Control Yes
Displacement 2.0 L
Aspiration Turbocharged
Fuel Delivery Common Rail
Cylinders 4
BHP @ rpm 185 @ 4,000
Nm @ rpm 402 @ 1,750 - 2,750
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Cruise Control No
Fuel Economy
  • 4.54 km/L at 5 km/h
  • 9.80 km/L at 17 km/h
  • 20.83 km/L at 71 km/h
Suspension & Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Independent, Multi-link
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires Kumho Crugen Premium 255/55 R 18 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy

6. Hyundai Tucson 2018 price in the Philippines

When it comes to the price, this is the first question raised in our mind: Does the all-new Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines is a good buy at a higher price but with less equipment when compared to the last model?

As a matter of fact, the 2.0 S CRDI 2WD premiered last year was priced at P1,538,000 and came with a plethora of upgrades such as LED headlights, ventilated leather seats with power adjustment, a gigantic moon roof, rear back-up camera, a passive entry system with push-button start/stop, and a power tailgate. Concerning the current Tucson with a price tag of P1,598,000, those attributes have gone but for the passive entry system whereas the number of airbags are also cut down by 4. Nonetheless, the drivetrain has made up for those shortages inside. So, it may be one of reasons for the increase in price.

By and large, we’re still vague about what the Korean brand is doing with its baby compact SUV when counteracting the current trend of auto market.

If you tend to go for a more affordable model in the Tucson family, let’s check out the price other variants below:

Hyundai Tucson 2018 price in the Philippines
Model 2017 SRP 2018 SRP Difference
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi GLS 4x2 AT ₱1,598,000 ₱1,715,000 ₱117,000
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GL 4x2 AT ₱1,218,000 ₱1,245,000 ₱27,000
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi GLS 4x4 AT ₱2,088,000 ₱2,115,000 ₱27,000
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GL 4x2 MT ₱1,128,000 ₱1,158,000 ₱30,000
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi GL 4x2 AT ₱1,388,000 ₱1,398,000 ₱10,000

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In closing, the all-new Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines, contrary to its size, is a very handsome, strong and powerful compact SUV. Though it has been dispossessed of many things, it’s more and more mature since in the car, we can espy sustained efforts to make itself innovative and more user-friendly.

Hyundai Tucson 2018 on the road

The Tucson 2018 is a very handsome, strong and powerful compact SUV

Now, are you ready for your next trips with the Tucson?

Wait, just a small fun fact to finish our Hyundai Tucson 2018 Philippines review: the Tucson is named after a prime city in Arizona, U.S. Similarly, its siblings Creta, KONA, Veracruz and Santa Fe are also inspired by other popular travel destinations in the world.