The Tucson is Hyundai’s replacement for the ix35, to rival the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5. Hyundai promises that the Tucson is a big step forward over the ix35, with a more modern design, generous equipment and lots of high-tech safety systems. Buyers have a choice of petrol and diesel engines at prices starting from £18,995, but we’re testing the top-spec 4×4 diesel auto priced at £32,695.

So, what are we looking for? To justify the cost, the Tucson needs power, performance and stability, plus a long list of standard kit. We’re also looking for a spacious, high-quality interior and lots of practical touches. Affordable running costs complete our wish list.