Review: 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate – Part 4

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate is a SUV packed with healthy amount of technology in it. Let’s start with the safety aspects of the vehicle:

  • You get autonomous emergency braking which will bring the Tucson to a stop if it detects an object in front of it, and you take no action to avoid said object.
  • Blind spot monitoring is included. Not only does it warn you when you are about to do an ill advised lane change, but it also alerts you based on distance and relative speed.
  • Rear cross traffic alerts as well as rear parking sensors present to make either parking or reversing out of a parking space easier.
  • One real highlight is that lane departure warning and assist functionality is included. It is one of the better systems that I have tested lately and I say that because any steering corrections that it makes are gentle and does not freak you out while doing so. Plus if it has to make an audible warning, it does so in a way that doesn’t freak out you or your passengers.
  • There’s an attention assist feature which monitors your driving and will suggest that you should take a break if it thinks you are getting tired.
  • You get automatic headlights so that you never forget to turn the headlights on or off. You also get automatic windshield wipers as well.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with traffic stop and go is on board and I used it to make stop and go traffic situations far more bearable as it will almost stop and go on its own. The only exception is if the Tucson has been sitting stationary for a bit which requires you to tap the accelerator to get going again.

Now, the cool tech starts with this:

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This 360 degree top view camera is the star of the show. Not only does it give you a top view and rear view to allow you to park the Tucson perfectly, but it also allows you to see the curb so that you can see how far away you are from the curb to make parallel parking perfectly. I was impressed by the clarity of the camera and my wife was impressed by this whole system.

Other tech includes:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included. It gets served up on an 8″ screen which is extremely sharp, has great contrast and is viewable in all lighting conditions. The infotainment system user interface was easy to navigate and didn’t display any lag whatsoever. That was completely in line with other Hyundai products that I’ve tried recently. One other note is that I observed that info such as song names from Apple CarPlay showed up in the center TFT screen which was cool as I have not seen that from another carmaker before. There’s hard buttons for functions like the phone, radio, navigation etc. That also helps to make this system easy to use.
  • There’s a 8 speaker Infinity audio system that sounds good as I had no complaints when I was listening to radio or tunes from my iPhone. My current audio torture playlist which includes LookLA, Ruelle, Snoh Aalegra, SAHED, Astrud Gilberto, Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis, 10,000 Maniacs, Death Cab For Cutie, Chicago, Röyksopp, Sofi Tucker, Art d’Ecco and Thutmose & NoMBe sounded great. You can also serve up AM,FM, audio from your phone via USB (which will also charge your phone) or Bluetooth, or SirusXM Radio.
  • This vehicle comes with Hyundai BlueLink, You can use it to remote start, cool down, heat up, or do a number of other things remotely to the Tucson using your smartphone.

The final part of this review will tie up some loose ends and I’ll give you my closing thoughts on the 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate. Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

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