2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Tucson’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tucson and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among small suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Allroad isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tucson has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi Allroad is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tucson stops shorter than the Allroad:

 

Tucson

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport/Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Allroad.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

The Tucson is 10.8 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Tucson has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (102.2 vs. 92).

The Tucson has .5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (31 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Allroad’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tucson Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Model Availability

The Tucson is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over four to one during 2018.

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