A few weekends back, we were invited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson. Yep, we were that family completely over excited at the thought of driving around the City in a brand new car.
Our usual ride is a 15 year old Ford Mondeo Estate, which has had more work on it over the years than it’s current worth. I am sure most of us have an old reliable car, filled with the history of family road tips, made visible in the stains on the back seat and the mountain of crumbs in the foot well. So if you do, you can possibly understand that when Hyundai said, ‘take the Tucson for the weekend’ – we flipped.
The beautiful red car, had me at hello. Excitedly, after it was delivered, I phoned Dan who rushed home from work to take it out. We drove around Bristol, fiddling with switches, the sat nav and blue tooth. Heated seats, oh yes please. Pairing the car to my phone? Yep. This car has all the things that our own car doesn’t, all the things that we didn’t know we were missing.
With no plans for the weekend, we wanted to really test it out. I wanted mountains and views, and Dan wanted to just drive, and enjoy the ride. So we opted for the Mendip Hills, local, dramatic and beautiful. To my absolute delight the Mendip moors were shrouded in a low hung fog. We couldn’t see more that 50 metres in front of us. I knew this would be perfect to showcase this vehicle.
Driving through the leafy lanes, we stopped off for a walk, running wild in the fields, getting lost in the fog. The boot of the Tucson was large enough to store all of our muddy boots, the storm kettle, and also big enough for us to sit and enjoy a cuppa afterwards.
Back inside the Tucson, the heated seats both front and rear were a joy. Giggling at our warm bottoms, we drove in comfort and ease through the gloomy moors, and on to our next stop. Cheddar Gorge.
The gorge, soaring cliffs and a steep winding road that is the stuff of a road enthusiasts dream. Both vehicles and road bikes jostle for space on this dramatic stretch of road. The Tucson took it in it’s stride. The sun roof and windows give this SUV panoramic views. The boys marvelled at the cliffs from inside the car, looking up through the huge glass roof.
On to the historic City of Wells, at the tip of the Mendips and the Somerset levels. In search of a good Sunday roast. But sadly nothing was available, so we scooted home, for a home made one instead.
Thank you to Hyundai for letting us loose on your beautiful car. Dan shed a little tear when we had to return it on the Monday. Our Mondeo is NOT the same, smelly old car! Sigh, one day we shall have a beauty like the Tucson!
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.