The Hyundai Tucson mid-sized SUV has scored a range of welcome updates in response to the recent launch of the new Mazda CX-5, landing an equally efficient but more powerful base engine and upgraded infotainment.

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Out goes the old 2.0-litre MPi base petrol engine and in comes a new direct-injected 2.0 GDi unit, making 121kW and 203Nm (up from 114kW/192Nm) matched to either six-speed auto or six-speed manual transmissions depending on spec.

There are no changes to the existing 1.6-litre turbo-petrol with DCT, or 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, engines available higher up the range, or to the entry MSRP price point of $28,590 before on-road costs (regularly retailing for $27,990 drive-away).

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The other major change is the new range-wide availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all variants in the range. Previously this tech only featured on the Active and Active X, because the Elite and Highlander had an older sat-nav unit.

The upgrades will give the hot-selling Hyundai a boost at the same time as its biggest rival, the Mazda CX-5, enters its second generation.

The Tucson is the ninth top-selling car in Australia this year with 5430 sales, behind only the Mazda on 5973, and just ahead of the Nissan X-Trail.

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2018 Hyundai Tucson pricing (before on-roads):

Active 2.0 GDi 2WD manual $28,590

Active 2.0 GDi 2WD auto $31,590

Active 2.0 CRDi 4WD auto $35,090

Active X 2.0 GDi 2WD manual $31,150

Active X 2.0 GDi 2WD auto $33,650

Elite 2.0 GDi 2WD auto $36,250

Elite 1.6 T-GDi AWD DCT auto $39,250

Elite 2.0 CRDi AWD auto $41,250

Highlander 1.6 T-GDi AWD DCT auto $45,450

Highlander 2.0 CRDi AWD auto $47,450

2018 Hyundai Tucson specs by variant

Active

2.0 GDi petrol engine (2WD) or 2.0L CRDi diesel engine (AWD)

Six airbags

Rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines

Rear parking sensors

LED daytime running lights

Projector beam headlights with escort and welcome function

Automatic dusk-sensing headlights

7.0-inch touchscreen, six speakers

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

AUX/USB audio input

Bluetooth connectivity

Steering-wheel mounted audio controls

17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60R17 tyres

Cruise control with steering-wheel mounted controls

60:40 split folding rear seats with multi stage recline function

Roof rails

Active X extras

2.0L GDi petrol (2WD)

Leather-appointed seats

Premium steering wheel and gear knob

18-inch alloy wheels with 225/55R18 tyres

Electric folding side mirrors

Heated side mirrors

Illuminated glovebox compartment

Optional panoramic glass sunroof for $2000

Elite extras

2.0L GDi petrol (2WD), 1.6L T-GDi petrol (AWD) or 2.0L CRDi diesel (AWD)

LED headlights with static bending lights

Electro-chromatic auto dimming interior mirror

Electrically adjusted driver’s seat (10-way inc. lumbar)

Electronic park-brake with Auto Hold function

Dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning

Proximity smart key with push-button start

8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, three-year map update plan

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Hands-free power tailgate)

Privacy glass

Chrome effect front radiator grille, door handles & belt-line moulding

Puddle lights in side mirrors with courtesy light in door handles

LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors

Steering-wheel mounted phone controls

Optional panoramic glass sunroof $2,000

Highlander extras

1.6L T-GDi petrol (AWD) or 2.0L CRDi diesel (AWD)

19-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R19 Continental ContiSportContact5 Tyres

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Blind Spot Detection (BSD) incorporating Lane Change Assist (LCA)

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)

Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

Front parking sensors

Electrically adjusted front passenger’s seat (8 way inc. lumbar)

Heated and air-ventilated front seats

Panoramic glass sunroof and LED map lights

Centre console driver's side knee bolster

Twin-tip trapezoidal exhaust

4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display in supervision cluster

Matte grey effect skid plate (front & rear)

Chrome garnish on power window switches

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

LED tail-lights with bulb turn signal & reverse lights

Rain-sensing wipers

Solar-control glass

Glovebox compartment with cooling