Top-selling SUV gets safety upgrade for base variants, though prices are up and the now-standard AEB system lacks the pedestrian detection function of high-spec models.
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Hyundai Australia has announced details of the upgraded 2020 Tucson line-up, headlined by the range-wide inclusion of the company’s SmartSense package – provided you’re driving an automatic.

For the new model year, the Active (from $29,290) and ActiveX (from $32,290) versions get the previously-optional SmartSense active safety suite as standard – which includes autonomous emergency braking (8-65km/h), lane-keep assist, driver attention warning and forward collision warning (8-180km/h) – with the Active replacing the MY19 Go trim level, which replaced the MY18 Active.

However, the full suite of driver assist tech is only available for versions equipped with an automatic transmission, with six-speed manual versions only gaining lane-keep assist. We’ll let you be the judge of that.

Furthermore, the camera-based system on Active and ActiveX models lacks the pedestrian detection function of the radar augmented AEB setup of Elite and Highlander variants, with the latter also able to stop the vehicle between 10 and 80km/h and brake to reduce collision severity all the way to 180km/h.

The 2020 Tucson Active also brings rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloys, leather-appointed steering wheel and gearshift, and one-touch up/down window for the driver over the previous Go.

Also benefiting from the safety upgrade is the ActiveX, which gains the same SmartSense package as the Active, while also gaining 18-inch alloy wheels (previously 17-inch) over the outgoing ActiveX. This grade does, however, lose tyre pressure monitoring from the MY19 specification.

Pricing is up by around $1800 for the Active and Active X grades, with the Elite and Highlander models remaining unchanged for the new model year. See bottom of article for a full pricing breakdown.

The upgraded Tucson line-up is on sale now.

2020 Hyundai Tucson pricing


  • 2.0 GDi FWD - $29,290/$31,790 (6MT/6AT)
  • 2.0 CRDi AWD - $37,090 (8AT)


  • 2.0 GDi FWD - $32,290/$34,790 (6MT/6AT)
  • 2.0 CRDi AWD - $40,090 (8AT)


  • 2.0 GDi FWD - $37,850 (6AT)
  • 1.6 T-GDi AWD - $40,850 (7DCT)
  • 2.0 CRDi AWD - $43,150 (8AT)


  • 1.6 T-GDi AWD - $46,500
  • 2.0 CRDi AWD - $48,800 (8AT)


  • Premium paint - $595
  • Beige interior (not available on Active) - $295

All prices exclude on-road costs