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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2005. - 2008.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2010.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

4485 mm
1735 mm
1590 mm
387 liters
1629 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4325 mm
1830 mm
1730 mm
644 liters
1856 liters
58 liters
2005 Subaru Forester
2004 Hyundai Tucson

Engine

Subaru
2.0 EJ202
Petrol
4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1994 cc
162 hp
186 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1975 cc
145 hp
186 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1365 kg
9.7 s
197 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1517 kg
11.3 s
174 km/h
10.6 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
194 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1380 kg
11.9 s
190 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

4500 EUR
Price from
3500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Subaru-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 162hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 145hp engine designed by Hyundai.

Safety

The fact that the Hyundai got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Korean car offers a considerable difference of 11% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Hyundai does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Subaru with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Hyundai badge with 4.5 out of 5. The same official information place Forester as average reliability-wise, and Tucson is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.8 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 197 kilometers per hour, 23km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Korean car, averaging around 8.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 13% difference compared to the Japanese car.


Verdict

Hyundai appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Korean car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Subaru being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Hyundai. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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