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Hello all. I test drove a new 2022 Tucson Premium 1.6 today. Loved the looks, interior was fine with lots of toys to play with. However, I didn't buy it because it scared me. There was some disconnect between the hybrid battery and the engine. At a junction or traffic lights, when attempting to move off, there was almost no reaction to depressing the accelerator. The natural thing to do was to press harder and this resulted in a sudden surge and a rapid take off. I an not very mechanically minded, but I think this may be caused by the system thinking that a manoeuvre is taking place at very slow speed and is allowing the battery to influence the car's performance. The system then realizes, as the accelerator is pressed harder, that the petrol engine is required and it cuts in. Of course, by this time, the engine revs are quite high and a sudden surge takes place. It is very disconcerting, particularly when crossing into the path of oncoming traffic and not knowing if the car will respond quickly enough. I asked the salesman if he knew of this situation and he admitted that it had been mentioned by several other people. Has anyone come across this anomally and if so, what happened?
 

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I've not experienced what you've described. I usually use Smart and Sport modes. But even in Eco, I've not experienced this.
 

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Did the test drive unit have zero saved charge in the hybrid battery? Its a reach, as I don't know how the battery would be totally dead.
 

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Hello all. I test drove a new 2022 Tucson Premium 1.6 today. Loved the looks, interior was fine with lots of toys to play with. However, I didn't buy it because it scared me. There was some disconnect between the hybrid battery and the engine. At a junction or traffic lights, when attempting to move off, there was almost no reaction to depressing the accelerator. The natural thing to do was to press harder and this resulted in a sudden surge and a rapid take off. I an not very mechanically minded, but I think this may be caused by the system thinking that a manoeuvre is taking place at very slow speed and is allowing the battery to influence the car's performance. The system then realizes, as the accelerator is pressed harder, that the petrol engine is required and it cuts in. Of course, by this time, the engine revs are quite high and a sudden surge takes place. It is very disconcerting, particularly when crossing into the path of oncoming traffic and not knowing if the car will respond quickly enough. I asked the salesman if he knew of this situation and he admitted that it had been mentioned by several other people. Has anyone come across this anomally and if so, what happened?
I'm very unhappy to hear this. I had the same problem with my 2017, 2 liter, non-turbo. I was planning on buying a 2022, thinking that this problem had been resolved. Looks like I will have to find another brand of car.
 
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