What do you think of a 2017 Hyundai Tucson with 1.6 liter turbo engine and DCT gearbox? Would it be better to choose the Mazda CX-5?
Hyundai introduced the Tucson in 2016 with this powertrain, with the aim of offering more power for the equivalent fuel consumption of the 2.0-liter engine.
Unfortunately, the performance of this mechanism – like its reliability – was very disappointing. First, many people have encountered problems with the turbocharger of this engine, which Hyundai has also grafted to several other models, such as the Veloster and Elantra. Then, the sequential dual-clutch transmission also had some misfires. Because its jerky performance has been the subject of many complaints, but also because its reliability is very uneven.
Obviously, needless to say that both the replacement of the turbocharger and that of the transmission are very expensive operations, out of warranty. And anyway, the performance is ultimately only disappointing, and this is why Hyundai chose in 2018 to abandon this mechanism to replace it with a 2.4-liter engine, the same one that is used in its close cousin, the Kia Sportage.
So my advice is to head for the Sportage or a 2018 Tucson, or choose the Mazda CX-5 with a 2.5-liter engine. Reliable, trouble-free mechanics with which you have nothing to fear.