Hyundai Active X Concept – hyundai active x
The Hyundai Tucson, on the added hand, is durably abiding in average SUV conventionality. Recently active with a mid-life facelift (August 2018) that brings added Santa Fe-esque front-end administration and a agglomeration of accessories upgrades, the Tucson is currently the fourth-biggest agent in its class, baronial aloof abaft the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail in sales, if not in adeptness (the Tucson is a bigger bus), while alms one of the roomiest interiors in its class.
But is the accurate Tucson able abundant to out-class the super-smart Skoda?
At arena zero, there isn’t abundant to abstracted the Skoda Karoq and Hyundai Tucson Active X in agreement of price. Skoda asks $32,290 (before on-road costs) for a banal Karoq 110TSI with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, admitting Hyundai accuse $33,850 (before on-roads) for an Active X with six-speed automated transmission.
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Then the options begin. To accompany the Hyundai up to the Skoda’s active-safety level, you’ll charge the SmartSense advantage backpack ($2200), which brings a agglomeration of assurance appearance that are mostly accepted in the Karoq (forward blow warning, free emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic assist, disciplinarian absorption warning) as able-bodied as adaptive cruise control, dual-zone altitude control, an electric esplanade brake, dabble lamps in the exoteric mirrors and glovebox cooling. That’s your account set of steak knives appropriate there, added the blow of the utensils.
But the Karoq already includes about all those things, as able-bodied as rear-seat air vents, four one-touch adeptness windows (driver alone in the Hyundai), ambient berth lighting (in 10 altered colours), Skoda-branded LED dabble lights (they activity the cast logo assimilate the ground), and keyless access and start.
The Hyundai allotment serve with accepted leather-faced trim (the Skoda gets cloth), driver’s electric lumbar abutment (the Skoda gets chiral acclimation for both advanced seats), a full-size 17-inch admixture added (the Skoda gets a space-saver), a rear-seat USB aperture (the Skoda gets a 12-volt outlet), and a bass-tastic eight-speaker Infinity audio acclimation arranged with eardrum-bursting advantage and anchored sat-nav.
Finally, there’s application cost. With 12 ages or 15,000km recommended account intervals, the Karoq’s anchored bulk over three years is $790 – or $35 cheaper than the Tucson, whose three-year aeon additionally covers 15,000km per year. Over bristles years and/or 75,000km, the Karoq is hardly dearer at $1650 adjoin $1505 for the Tucson.
Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranties are accepted with both brands.
The Tucson Active X’s projected resale bulk afterwards three years (according to Red Book) is a solid 61.5 per cent, with the Karoq hardly abaft at 60.5 per cent.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
Unlike its rather acquired seven-seat affection (the Kodiaq), the Karoq’s dashboard doesn’t attending like it’s advisedly a lower-grade, decontented Volkswagen. There’s a synergy and appearance to this Czech SUV’s autogenous that feels abnormally Karoq, and we adulation that.
From its superb three-spoke, flat-bottomed council caster to its agitating bench comfort, seamless multimedia acclimation and able ergonomics, the Karoq feels altogether sized, and of a college accepted than its price-tag adeptness suggest. Finally, a avant-garde Skoda whose contemporary berth meets or surpasses the Volkswagen DNA that spawned it.
For all its activity of indestructability, the Tucson Active X’s berth is far below glamorous. It lacks the animation of the Karoq – abnormally its swathes of bleak charcoal artificial and dark-coloured trim – admitting its body affection is solid and its covering trim is abundant nicer than Korean cow acclimated to be. The MY19 model’s new stitched trim animate beyond the dash’s accumbent breadth makes a aberration too.
While the Tucson’s seats abridgement the acquaintance and abutment of the Karoq’s chairs, they’re still adequate on continued distances, and arguably bigger for larger-framed folk. It’s aloof that there isn’t the aforementioned akin of bendability to its all-embracing architecture and aesthetic.
For example, Tucson’s centre-front animate is abounding with cavities, cupholders and what-not, admitting its aperture bins are so heroin-chic thin, you could almost clasp Kate Moss in there. And while the Active X’s arise stereo packs abundant meat to out-rank Australia’s best-quality butcher, the blow of the appearance feels workmanlike.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
Neither of these average SUVs is a game-changer aback it comes to drivetrain clout. But acknowledgment to its block of turbocharged torque and its aberrant ammunition efficiency, the Karoq is the under-bonnet champ by some margin.
Not alone does the Karoq’s 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four alcohol 27 per cent below ammunition than the Hyundai on the government accumulated aeon (5.8L/100km adjoin 7.9L/100km), it’s additionally two abnormal faster to 100km/h (8.6sec adjoin 10.5) and abundant added driveable in ambitious situations.
With best torque advance beyond a shelf spanning 1500-3500rpm, the Karoq calmly devours hills and lugs loads. The Tucson, on the added hand, struggles with aloof 205Nm at 4000rpm aggravating to cull 200kg of added weight. Hyundai’s 122kW 2.0-litre direct-injection, non-turbo four-cylinder artlessly doesn’t accept the antithesis to accomplish activity easy, or abundant power-to-weight bite to feel spirited, alike aback apprenticed hard. Instead, it relies on its over-zealous six-speed auto to bung the holes its angular agent can’t.
Where the Tucson claws aback some ground, though, is in its low-speed burghal driveability. With a accepted torque-convertor automatic, it’s inherently smoother – and, thus, easier to drive – aback affective off from a continuing start, and abounding in burghal gridlock.
The Skoda’s dual-clutch chiral can feel hardly hasty in agnate cartage situations and requires acclimatisation to get the best from it. It’s additionally added difficult to attune its accelerator-pedal response, ambitious acquaintance and acuteness from its disciplinarian to be super-smooth. However, those faults aside, the Karoq’s all-embracing achievement and abridgement rewards are substantial.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
Riding on the aforementioned MQB belvedere as Volkswagen’s carefully accompanying five-seat Tiguan, the Skoda Karoq shares abounding of the Tiguan’s virtues. It steers crisply, responds keenly, and offers able administration balance. Wearing the fat (optional) 235/40R19 tyres of our analysis car, there’s so abundant cornering anchor the Karoq feels like a semi-hot auto with a bar-stool view, and abundant achievement to abutment that perception.
However, there’s a flipside. Instead of the Tiguan’s multi-link absolute rear suspension, the Karoq gets a torsion-beam arrangement, trading some of the Tiguan’s alley clarification for cheaper body cost. And the Karoq’s agent additionally lacks a final band of refinement. Aback extended, it sounds louder and below able than the aforementioned drivetrain does in a Golf. Thankfully, it’s so torquey, you don’t absolutely charge to advance it.
The Tucson’s well-regarded Australian abeyance tune has done wonders in transforming this Korean SUV into article with an admirable affection for our roads. It feels beyond to drive than the Karoq, alike admitting their dimensional aberration isn’t abundant – the Tucson is 98mm longer, 9mm wider, and 57mm taller – and there’s no agnosticism the Hyundai’s tubbier all-embracing weight plays a role in that. But the ancillary account is a calmer, quieter ride over chapped roads, with far below acknowledgment to potholes and road-surface irregularities that can agitated the Karoq.
The Tucson’s bigger blemish is the weight of its steering. Alike in Abundance drive mode, it already feels abundant and hardly muddy, like its tyres may not be pumped up properly, but in Sport approach the Tucson’s abounding council is ambiguous obstructive. It has little of the Karoq’s crispness, and that’s a benevolence because the Tucson’s accurately counterbalanced administration deserves better.
Ultimately, it’s the Tucson Active X’s afraid drivetrain that fails to adulate its contrarily able dynamics. If you could amplitude to it, the $40,850 Tucson Elite AWD with its 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four is a abundant added cohesive, added effortless SUV.
In the aforementioned vein, a Karoq benumbed on standard-issue 17-inch auto (with 215/55R17 tyres) or alternative 18s (with 215/50R18 tyres) is a added refined, added adequate car.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
Skoda makes absolutely a big song and ball about the Karoq’s practicality, and appropriately so. Benumbed on a below wheelbase than its Tiguan accessory (2638mm adjoin 2681), the Karoq doesn’t accept absolutely as abundant rear-seat allowance but there’s still abounding space, abnormally because its bunched alien size. And that plays out in Karoq’s cossack too – 588 litres of max amplitude with the rear bench slid appropriate advanced (against 615 for the Tiguan) and 1605 litres in absolute aggregate with the aback seats bankrupt (versus 1655 in the Tiguan).
Uniquely, you can abolish all three ‘VarioFlex’ rear-seat sections alone in the Karoq, unleashing a alveolate 1810 litres of burden space. And its cossack breadth keeps on giving with a capricious attic awning (carpet one side, elastic the other), a 12-volt outlet, a cossack ablaze that becomes a disposable torch, three baggage nets, four take-away/shopping-bag hooks, and a chic baggage awning affiliated to the tailgate.
The Tucson is far from adamantine done by, with a abundant 488-litre cossack (and full-size added beneath) and 1478 litres with the rear bench dropped, but it isn’t the Tardis-like acquaintance of the Skoda. And while the Tucson’s lounge-like rear bench is both ample and comfortable, with Isofix child-seat anchorages (like the Karoq) and a able centre armrest (not aloof a cast bottomward backrest breadth like the Skoda), it doesn’t accept the Karoq’s eyes or its theatre-style rear-seat acclimation (higher than the advanced pair).
The Tucson additionally struggles for canteen storage, with rear aperture pockets alone ill-fitted to 600ml baptize bottles, or one-litre jobbies up front, admitting the Karoq will booty 1.5-litre bottles in all doors.
The Karoq additionally gets able aperture grab handles, a admission holder in the A-pillar, an awning beneath the advanced commuter seat, a moveable debris bin, and (somewhat bulky) book holders for both rear-seat passengers. Each of its added supportive, height-adjustable advanced seats (via a crank handle) additionally get lumbar-support adjustment, and there’s a height-adjustable centre-front armrest too.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
There’s a lot to be said about an SUV that’s bunched on the outside, big on the inside, beautiful to attending at and able to drive. It makes the accomplished SUV-versus-station-wagon altercation abatement absolutely in favour of the SUV option.
The Karoq isn’t as able as the circa-2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 that debuted its underpinnings, but you get a hasty bulk of bulk and action for its 30-something bulk tag. Its agent may be rather uninspiring, and its abeyance adeptness adopt bland roads, but there’s an address to the Karoq that runs added than its acutely cut sheetmetal and left-of-centre cast appeal.
The Tucson Active X can be looked at two ways. From a authentic adeptness standpoint, it fails to bout the bendability of the Skoda. For all its strengths – space, abeyance tune, stereo affection – there’s a ancillary to the Tucson that aims to alone do a job, rather than excel at a job. Yet there’s an bluntness to Hyundai’s absorbing SUV – one that will absolutely action abounding years of faithful, reliable service.
Winner: Skoda Karoq
2018 Skoda Karoq Bulk & Specifications
Price: $32,290 afore on-road costs
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder
Power: 110kW at 5000-6000rpm
Torque: 250Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Fuel use: 5.8L/100km
2018 Hyundai Tucson Active X Bulk & Specifications
Price: $33,850 afore on-road costs
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder
Power: 122kW at 6200rpm
Torque: 205Nm at 4000rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Fuel use: 7.9L/100km
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