2021 Hyundai Tucson Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Nov 27, 2020 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

Just how different is the new Tucson? Use our slider for better comparison.

After two years, Hyundai finally released the fourth-generation version of the Hyundai Tucson. Just like most new models released though, the new Hyundai made crossover will take its sweet time getting here to the Philippines. So before it makes its way here, let’s take a closer look at the 2021 Tucson and compare it with the old one. This way, we can highlight just how different it is from its predecessor.

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Old vs New Tucson: Exterior Differences

Just by looks alone, one can say that the all-new Tucson’s design is a departure from the old one. Upfront, the 2021 Tucson gets this multi-slatted grille, with the side most slats as the daytime running lights (DRL). The old one on the other hand features a more conventional look that’s more in-line with the previous Hyundai design language. It’s got the typical Hyundai grille and the usual headlamp cluster with integrated signal lights and DRLs.

new 2021 Hyundai TucsonOld Tucson front

Compare the new (left) and old (right) Tucson using this slider

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Towards the sides, one can note that the new Tucson is far larger than the old one. It is 4,500 mm long, 1,865 mm wide, and is 1,650 mm high. That’s 20 mm longer than the previous version. It also features a more muscular look with its abundance of deep, sharp-angled body lines. The previous version is smoother looking with only two visible creases running along the length of its sides.

From the rear, the new Tucson just pops out more thanks to its futuristic-looking LED taillight clusters. The look of the 2021 Tucson’s rear is also enhanced with a single LED strip running across its width, as well as a honeycomb pattern section found just slightly above the skid plate. What is retained however is the roof spoiler, as well as the aforementioned skid plate. The new Tucson also gains a hidden rear window wiper.

New TucsonOld Tucson

The new Tucson is more angular and more aggressive-looking

Why did Hyundai drastically change the look of Tucson? For those who do not know, the Korean carmaker has moved on to adapt a new design philosophy. The new one is called “Sensuous Sportiness” and it aims to harmonize proportion, styling, technology, and architecture.

Old Vs New Tucson: Interior Differences

Just like the exterior, the differences between the new and old Hyundai Tucson in terms of interiors is also vast. From the get-go, the dashboard and center console of the new crossover is more seamless looking compared to the old one. The outward going curves on the old dashboard is gone. What’s also gone is the gear lever, which was replaced in favor of a push-button gear selector.

To make the interior even more seamless, Hyundai also replaced the old three-spoke steering wheel for a sleeker two spoke one. The touchscreen head unit found on the 2021 Tucson is also larger at 10.25-inches. Compare that to the thick seven-inch unit jutting out of the dashboard that the old Tucson came with. Despite gaining size, the new touchscreen is now better incorporated into the shape of the dashboard. Together with the dash, it forms a cascading shape that flows down to the center console. Also, gone is the old analog gauge cluster. It was replaced by a larger digital cluster, which we’re certain is much more customizable and more visible than the previous one.

New Tucson InteriorOld Tucson Interior

Compare the interiors of the new (left) and old (right) Tucson

Another important change to the interior is that the new Tucson no longer has physical controls. That’s right, all the vehicle controls including the automatic air-conditioner are now done via the touchscreen. Moreover, the new Tucson definitely has more features compared to the old one. Its AC system gained the Multi-Mode tech to keep occupants more comfortable, ambient lighting, a rear compartment sleeping mode, and a center-side airbag.

Old Vs New Tucson: Powertrain differences

While the 2021 Hyundai Tucson still uses the same all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts, it has a set of new engines. The most interesting of course if the 1.6-liter gasoline turbo hybrid version, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can make up to 227 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. There’s also another hybrid version but paired with a 1.6-liter diesel mill.

A picture of the new Tucson near some buildings.

 The new Tuscon is pretty much a leap in terms of design 

Now, Hyundai has been making hybrids since the Ioniq in 2016. However, the new version of the Tucson marks that first time ever that the model will be electrified. Despite that, there are reports that the new Tucson, depending on the market, will also come available with a 2.5-liter gasoline variant. It also uses an eight-speed automatic tranny, and it can produce up to 187 horsepower and 246 Nm of torque.

The current Philippine-spec Tucson uses a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that can churn out up to 155 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. The old Tucson also has a 2.0-liter diesel mill with a maximum output of 185 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque.  

Did you spot the differences between the old Tucson and the new 2021 Tucson? Well, it’s not that hard to see Tucson’s new design elements. Keep reading here on Philkotse.com for more automotive industry updates.

Know more about Hyundai Tucson 2021

Hyundai Tucson

<p>The Hyundai Tucson is a compact, five-door crossover with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. It can fit in up to five occupants including the driver, and it has a default cargo space of&nbsp;877-liters. For the Philippine market, the Hyundai-made model either gets a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4. The gasoline engine option can make up to 155 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. The diesel option can produce 185 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque. Only the entry-level GL 2.0 FWD MT is available with a six-speed manual transmission.The automatic gasoline variant uses a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel variants come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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