After what seems to be forever, Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia (HSDM) has finally added a turbo diesel variant to the third-generation Tucson range. The 2.0L CRDi is the second forced induction mill following the recently introduced 1.6L T-GDi petrol.

Curiously, HSDM has decided to drop the 2.0L Premium bringing the Tucson range to three variants – 2.0L petrol Elegance, 1.6L T-GDi turbo petrol, 2.0L CRDi turbodiesel. However, the base price of the entry level Tucson has been revised downwards to RM126,188, RM3,802.87 cheaper than before. HSDM has positioned the turbodiesel variant as the range topper, retailing at RM155,788, on-the-road without insurance.


Name Hyundai Tucson 2.0L Elegance Hyundai Tucson 1.6L T-GDI Hyundai Tucson 2.0L CRDI
Engine 1,999cc; 4-cylinder Nu MPI 1,591cc; 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection 1,995cc; 4-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch 6-speed automatic
Max Power 153 hp @ 6,200 rpm 175 hp @ 5,500 rpm 176 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Max Torque 192 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 265 Nm @ 1,500 – 4,500 rpm 400 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,750 rpm
0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed 9.3 seconds; 201 km/h
Price (OTR without insurance) RM126,188 RM145,688 RM155,788

The range topping Tucson 2.0L CRDi gets the exact same kit as the turbopetrol variant – LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, LED combination tail lamps, power folding door mirrors with integrated turn signals, keyless entry and 17-inch alloys wrapped in 225/60 profile tyres. Like before, an optional body kit and 19-inch alloys (245/45 profile tyres) are available for a small fee. Continental ContiMaxContact tyres are provided in the 1.6-litre variant, while the 2.0-litre variant gets Hankook Kinergy GT tyres.

Inside, equipment dittos the T-GDi variant as well. Standard features include leather upholstery (optional black, red or white), eight-way powered driver’s seat, multifunctional steering wheel, cruise control, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 8.0-inch Android based touchscreen infotainment system, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, front camera, smart powered tailgate and reclining rear seats. Boot space is also retained at 488 litres.

Motivation now comes from a 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel that churns out 176 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims the turbodiesel equipped SUV complete the century sprint in 9.3 seconds before maxing out at 201 km/h.

Safety equipment reads six airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Down-hill brake control (DBC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC).

All purchase of the Hyundai Tucson come with a 5-Years or 300,000 km warranty package and a 3-Years or 50,000 km free service. A 24-hour road assist service is also available now for new and existing Hyundai vehicles. The discontinued Tucson Premium (previously known as Executive) was one of our favourite SUVs and its only flaw was the subpar powertrain. Now that the new Tucson range comes with blown mills, the only question you should ask yourself is which pump you’d rather frequent: petrol or diesel.


Hyundai Tucson 2.0L CRDi

Hyundai Tuscon 1.6L T-GDi

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.