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2008 Hyundai Tucson Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Hyundai Tucson was new.

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson's interior receives favorable reviews for its roomy and generally comfortable seats. Despite some cheap-looking materials, Car and Driver sums up the view that "Interior fit and finish is certainly not bottom rung."

Cars.com applauds the interior features, calling the materials "consistently good," and also approves of the comfortable backseat. Edmunds, however, notes, "Inconsistent quality of the interior materials is another area that needs improvement." Cars.com also notes that the interior is "impressively quiet."

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Seating

MSN points out the roominess of the interior, explaining that it's quite comfortable for four, and says that "the middle of the back seat is soft enough for a third passenger on short trips." Cars.com finds that "the 60/40-split backseat couldn't be easier to operate. You just lift the seatback handle and fold." An MSN test driver finds that the seats are in an ideal position, even for shorter drivers: "low enough so someone my size -- 5 feet 4 -- doesn't have to climb up to get inside and high enough to provide good views out of the vehicle." Cars.com simply finds the seats "quite supportive and reasonably comfortable."

Interior Features

Auto critics find the 2008 Hyundai Tucson's interior features are "certainly not bottom rung," to use Car and Driver's assessment. Automobile Magazine recounts the passenger compartments' "quality plastics, generally fine ergonomics, and loads of available goodies," and Consumer Guide appreciates that controls are "grouped conveniently in easy-to-reach center dashboard stack." The few complaints that did register were from USA Today, for example, who finds floor mats "don't snap onto their hooks properly," and only one "insufficient" 12-volt plug for the front seat.

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson comes loaded with standard features many wouldn't expect for a value-priced compact SUV. According to Cars.com, new for 2008 is an auxiliary MP3 jack and XM Satellite Radio. Surprisingly, however, air conditioning is not available on the GLS FWD with manual transmission and 4WD. A sunroof is also offered as an option. The GLS FWD with manual transmission is equipped with cloth seating surfaces and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, in addition to other features. The SE FWD (four-speed automatic transmission) and SE 4WD also include other additions such as a tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/cassette audio system with six speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and cruise control. The Limited's features also include leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and metal-grain interior trim.

Cargo

According to various reviews, cargo space in the 2008 Hyundai Tucson is slightly below average for its class. It has 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, but Car and Driver points out that there is "still enough [space] for a week's worth of groceries." When the backseats are folded, cargo room expands to 65.5 cubic feet. Cars.com also adds, "Cargo space falls short of the Santa Fe's, but the area is easy to access."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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