Hyundai unveiled the 2021 Tucson in September, and the fourth-generation SUV brought a striking change in its aesthetic, to say the least. The compact SUV segment is a competitive one, and the category tends to be popular with individuals as well as with growing households which are looking to upsize from sedans.

The 2021 Tucson joins the growing ranks of new vehicles that enables access to the vehicle with a wireless device. The Digital Key can be loaded into one’s smartphone, enabling operation of the Tucson without requiring the presence of the conventional key.

The wrap-door design on the 2021 Tucson offers improved leg clearance when occupants are boarding and disembarking from the vehicle; this will benefit urban folk in reducing the likelihood of catching dirt on one’s clothing. According to Hyundai, the wrap-door design allows for a thinner side seal; this additionally benefits the ladies as their heels will be less likely to get caught on the door seal as a result.

The driver gets a view of the 10.25-inch open display, which gets a surface film to prevent glare. The new SUV also supports personalised profiles for different users to save their preferences for seat, navigation, audio and volume settings. The infotainment system supports Bluetooth connectivity for up to two phones at the same time aboard the Tucson. A Valet mode conceals private details when lending the vehicle to others.

Audio comes courtesy of an eight-speaker Bose sound system aboard the SUV, and rear passengers benefit from the reclining seat backs. There is also an additional 8 cm of legroom compared to the previous model, offering plenty of space for passengers who are 190 cm tall, says Hyundai. A remote latch that is accessible from the luggage compartment folds the rear seats to free up more luggage capacity.

Air-conditioning in the 2021 Tucson features an After Blow function as part of its system to ventilate the cabin, 30 minutes after the vehicle is shut down to prevent the growth of mould. The air-conditioning system also has a Multi Air mode for a more pleasant, diffused airflow.

The Rear Occupant Alert in the Tucson reminds the driver to check the rear seats for younger, smaller passengers that might be inadvertently left behind in a rush, helping to prevent potentially dire consequences. Once a door is open, the instruments will also display a Safe Exit Warning, reminding occupants in the Tucson to check for approaching vehicles before getting out.

Complementing the surround view camera setup is a blind spot view monitor shows a camera feed within the driver’s instrument panel when the indicator is activated. Further safety equipment comes with the SmartSense safety suite that includes highway driving assist (HDA), forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist (LKA) and lane following assist (LFA).

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson made its debut with a choice of two powertrain options – the first is a Smartstream 2.5 litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine with 190 PS and 260 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the second is a 180 PS/264 Nm 1.6 litre turbo four that will be offered as either a hybrid or PHEV version, with 230 PS and 350 Nm of torque in total system output.

GALLERY: 2021 Hyundai Tucson