SINGAPORE (Dec 31): I owned the first-generation Hyundai Tucson when I first arrived in Singapore many years ago. For five glorious years, it served me well. But when the certificate of entitlement ran out, I made the hard decision not to renew it. As it was being driven off to be scrapped, I felt like I was losing a family member. Fast forward to 2018, and we now have a face-lifted third generation (the second generation was launched in 2010).

So I’ve always had a soft spot for the Tucson, a very underrated model from a Korean car brand that many people overlook in favour of its European rivals. With each new Hyundai I drive, I feel the gap closing on its German counterparts in terms of technology, comfort and performance. When the new Tucson was announced, I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would carry forward that momentum.

The third generation was launched in 2016, with the biggest change being a 1.6-litre engine. Two years on, the Koreans have decided to give it a facelift: Just a few nips and tucks to improve the appearance of its exterior and interior.

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