Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fuel Consumption : Insane highway efficiency of Hyundai Tucson 2017 2.0 manual

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Ok. So I'm back in Manila from the short out of town trip I did this weekend. I've previously published a post detailing the fuel consumption of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 manual during a combination of heavy (stop and go traffic) and highway driving. This time, I wanted to know how efficient the car is if we have a theoretical pure highway cruising here in the Philippines. I decided to do the test went we are driving back to Manila from Los Banos, Laguna.


The bulk of this leg of the trip is mostly highway. It is only when I turned right to Magallanes (EDSA) when I started to drive a bit slower. I started the test from Shell Turbina Highway (just near Calamba exit of South Luzon Expressway) filling up my tank with Shell Vpower and resetting all trip meter and fuel consumption meters on the dashboard. It ended at Shell Ayala cor Edsa.
amber is light traffic, green is highway speed
Without further ado, here it is..

Full Tank Method

The dashboard trip meter displays a whopping 18.0km/L (!!!) when I arrived at Shell Ayala ave. It even went up on an average of 19.7km/L (!!!) when I'm still at SLEX. The reading only went down when I get to EDSA which is we know, is definitely slower than on SLEX.

OK, so I'vé driven 45.2km and used up only 1.947L of fuel! That's just about P91.00 worth of gasoline when I topped up.

so the actual measurement using full tank methos is 45.2km / 1.974L = 22.88km/L. HOLY MACKEREL!!!!!

that is equivalent to

53.62 in US MPG
64.40 in MPG
4.38 in L/100km

What sorcery is this?! 

Pardon my reaction, it's just that coming from one hell of thirsty car (Ford Escape 2.0 AT)  - it surprises me that we can achieve this kind of efficiency on a similarly large displacement engine SUV (and I believe 3rd generation tucson is also heavier than 1st gen escape).

Just want to reiterate, the best I got from my escape is around 9.something km/L . 22.88 is more than double of that!

I can't wait to bring this nice piece of technology up in La Union soon. I'm excited.

How did I do it?

I just maintained the speed between 80-90 km/h. I noticed on the live FC meter that this range is the best speed for maximum efficiency.

You have to take note though that this scenario won't happen most of our drive time. This is like the best driving condition we can drive the car so watch out for another test that I will do. A more realistic out of town fuel efficiency test soon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hyundai Tucson fuel consumption on mixed heavy traffic and highway driving (50/50)

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I've decided to break in the car just before hitting 1000km. Break in as in driving highway speeds with varying RPMs between 800rpm to 3000rpm. That was the plan, which didn't really went so well. You see, the funny thing that I forgot to consider is that its a Saturday afternoon here in the Philippines. Saturday afternoon is synonymous to hellish traffic. To think that I'm also using a manual transmission so just imagine how tired my feet were after the trip.

The fuel consumption

The dashboard says I have a rating of 10.8 km/L . That's great in my standard considering that the best mileage I have achieved from my 2004 Ford Escape 2.0 AT is 9.8km/L pure highway driving.

The actual consumption using full tank method  is .....


which is really not bad consider how traffic it was. Imagine we left at around 2:30pm and arrived at Los Banos, Laguna around 7pm.

See my next article to learn how I did on pure highway driving.

Traffic Situation

The traffic is heavy and in some cases, is on complete stand still.
Starting from Pasig all the way to Alabang (SLEX), we are crawling at 10-20kms/h. Beyond that, we were able to do highway speeds. Heavy traffic is encountered again from Bucal, Laguna up to Los Banos area.


This is the route we follow. The trip started at Pasig City, Metro Manila and ended in Los Banos, Laguna
Highway speed is in green, heavy traffic in red

The post How fuel efficient is 2017 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0 manual is updated based on the data I got from this test.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Road to stealthy look : Matte black vinyl wrap on Hyundai Tucson stock grills

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Hyundai Tucson before and after vinyl wrapping of grills

On my previous post, I've shared to you the details on ceramic coating applied to my car. I've also mentioned there about the incident where in my grill is accidentally scratched by the detailer. Here is a recap :
Some sort of accident happened while they were polishing the grills. The foam or polishing pad took off the buffing machine,  thus, the machine scratching my grill. It is the last thing I want to hear when I get a call from the detailing shop where I left the car right? Nonetheless, I'm not mad because....

So what we did is had the car grill wrapped by Don Euro Car Foil Manila. I chose the color matte black to complement the matte black plastics of the bumper and fog light provisions.

Cost and Warranty

This is a Php 2500 worth and 1 hour job to complete with labor and materials. Warranty is 1 year which is for me is long enough.


Here is a google map link to the address

Future Plans

My future plan is to do the following to complete the stealthy look:

  1. Plasti dip with Glossy Black the logos and emblems in front and at the black 
  2. Cover the headlight and tail lights with a high quality smoked gray or smoked black tint
  3. Cover the whole windshield with light black full tint
  4. Replace the mags and tires with a larger gunmetal black rims and lower profile tires
  5. and if the law allows, will add in fog light/blinker combo in between the grills

More Pictures below

Black Hyundai Tucson with black grills beside a Jeep Commander front right quarter view
Black Hyundai Tucson with black grills beside a Jeep Commander

Hyundai Tucson front view
Tucson right after the ceramic coating. Grill still in stock form

Wrapping a hyundai tucson grill
Don Euro staff in the process of putting the wraps
Black Hyundai Tucson with Black grill
Completed grill

Hyundai Tucson Front Left Quarter view at night
This is how it looks like at night


Friday, August 4, 2017

How much increase in SRP will our favorite cars incur after the Automobile Excise Tax rates?

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I just bought a 2017 Hyundai Tucson GL which goes for P1,113,000. If the said excise tax is implemented before I bought the car, my guess is I would have to shell out around P1,18x,xxx to take home one.

New Rates

The SRP of Automobiles listed above are computed using the formula in the table below.

I wish I could find the information on Net Manufacturing/Importation Prices of popular vehicles so I can do a more accurate computation myself using the rates on the table below.

Note : This are not yet approved or implemented. This is just the proposed rate of the DOF.

From Department of Finance / DOF FB

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

FAQs : Ceramic Coating my Hyundai Tucson 2017 at Technical Details

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I recently had my car (a 2017 Hyundai Tucson) coated with ceramic. I had it done at Technical Details at Marcos Highway, Marikina. What is the reason why I availed such service?

Pain of owning a black car

before the service, you can see the dirt and watermarks on the car hood
It was only after I got the car when I realized that having a black car is both a gift and a curse. Gift in a sense that the color is elegant, timeless and flexible in terms of style. However, black cars are a nightmare to maintain its clean looks. Why?

  • Dust or dirt are very visible
  • Even light scratches are visible
  • Even hand prints or sweat and skin oil can be easily seen
  • Watermarks are very prominent 
What really triggered me to have it coated very soon is when I had the car washed on a small Car Wash shop at Examiner St, Quezon City, the staff there didn't follow the correct procedure of washing cars, hence getting my car scratched in the hood and right door after drying (wiping of chamois type cloth).

That is why I decided to get the car coated. Getting it coated with ceramic will help me maintain the clean look of the vehicle because as per articles I see on the internet and the feedbacks I get from the friends : 
Water beads due to hydrophobic properties
  • Hydrophobic properties, because of this, less chances of getting a watermark that is hard to remove
  • Puts a protective coating on top of the clear coat, it will be much harder to scratch the paint during car wash as compared to a none-coated finish
  • Easier to clean, because the first will just fall off along with water
  • Shiny look, which will save me a lot of pesos by not having to wax it often.
Watermarks after it rained, 1 hour after leaving the detailing shop
One must take not that having the car coated doesnt not guarantee watermark-less surface or even scratch free surface. What the coating does is making it harder for watermark to dry up permanently or simple car wash scratches to go deeper on the paint's clear coat. It will also make it easier to remove watermarks by just using a soapy water. 


A compact SUV will cost Php 11,000.00 pesos and that already includes the exterior detailing as part of the preparation prior to coating of ceramic. 

Before deciding with Technical Details, I actually did some research on which vendor provides the best balance of quality and price. I've looked at Big Bert's Detailing, Ceramic Pro, Brila by Gman (If I have plenty of spare money, I'll definitely go for Brila by Gman),  Bluemile and more. It's just that Technical Details offers the perfect balance of work quality and cost as per my needs. It also helped that most of their customers were really really happy with the level of workmanship they apply and the great customer satisfaction they received. You can see it from their facebook page reviews

Customer Service is exceptional

I had my own first-hand experience on how great Ian (the owner of Technical Details) is when it comes to customer service. He explains all the process involved in doing the ceramic coating. The importance of each step and why they use a particular equipment or materials over others and depending on the vehicle being worked on. 

I had a fair share of problems as well. All is not perfect and I understand that there are unplanned things that can happen to my car like what Ian told me when he called my phone several hours after I left the car at the shop. 

Scratch.. a long scratch...
Some sort of accident happened while they were polishing the grills. The foam or polishing pad took off the buffing machine,  thus, the machine scratching my grill. It is the last thing I want to hear when I get a call from the detailing shop where I left the car right? Nonetheless, I'm not mad because what's important to me is that they're very professional in telling me honestly the problem, and what they're willing to offer to compensate for the inconvenience. I'm so surprised as I know how rare this kind of establishments are, and being a person who appreciates this kind of gestures, I also offered my help to solve the problem.

To make the long story short, we internally agreed on some arrangements (I will share what I did in a separate post) as the shop is even the one whos very willing to bring it to the best shop that can fix the scratch at no cost to me, plus a hefty discount on the ceramic coating service that I availed. I may not went home as the happiest customer, but atleast I can say I'm one satisfied customer. Bilib ako!

My Observations

  1. Dust will only roll off together with water if you regularly clean your car. 
  2. If you let the car baked on the sun with dust after it rained rain followed by sunlight again plus a little bit of road or asphalt film (during everyday drive) on your car will lessen the capability of the hydrophobic coating. You still need to wash your car using mittens to completely remove the dust that sticks to the paint.
  3. Detailing is important as it is a requirement to have a clean paint before applying the ceramic coating
  4. It is true that there is somehow a harder coating on top of the paint when you have your car coated with ceramic. I have a recent incident where in pigeons climb on my car and slide on the window and panels. I was expecting deep scratches already knowing these birds has claws. To my surprise, the car just had some light scratches that I believe can be fixed by detailing.

I will update this post from time to time. 

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stream waze to car's info display or head unit using Waze for Android Auto

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What the latest updated on Waze app does is to allow your car's head unit to display the Waze application from your phone to its larger screen. However, this is only supported on infotainment systems with Android Auto which is practically rare here in the Philippines. Most of the time, only the top of the line models have them as standard feature.

If you already have an Android powered head unit it's much more convenient to use that instead of this having to rely on a USB connection to a smartphone.

To learn how to use it, check the link below

From Waze Blog

Saturday, July 22, 2017

How fuel efficient is 2017 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0 manual

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I recently consumed a full tank worth of gasoline for my 2017 Hyundai Tucson GL. It's the first tank that I've used up and I'm excited to compare how accurate the fuel consumption or fuel mileage meter that can be found on the Dashboard gauges of the car.

Here it goes 

For a full tank of gas, I managed to do

Full tank method

352.8kms (all city driving*) using 49.987L of fuel so that translates to about 7.05km/L of consumption rate.

Fuel Gauge method

According to the gauge, the car had a consumption rate of 7.5km/L
So it is 7.05km/L vs 7.5kmL . A variance of about 0.5km/L.


I am not very sure if this mileage is already acceptable, but coming from a thirsty Ford Escape, my Hyundai Tucson is definitely better. To think that the engine is not yet fully broken in with only 500km on odometer, I expect this to improve after the 1k PMS and 5k PMS.

The data is not yet enough to conclude that the gauge always yield higher result and it can't be said yet also that the gauge is not reliable. I will be collecting data for as long as I could and see if we can see a pattern by showing a graph in the future. Book mark this post as I will be updating this regularly.


Test # Distance
(in km)
Fuel used
(in L)
Ave Tire
(in psi)
Ave Fuel
(Full Tank Method)
Ave Fuel
Trip scenario Gasoline brand used
1 352.8 49.98 37 7.06 7.5 City Shell Vpower
2 342.6 49.286 35 6.95 7.5 City Caltex Platinum
3 116.9 15.796 35 7.40 7.4 City Seaoil Extreme 97
4 93.1 11.67 37 7.98 10.8 50% City / 50% Highway Shell Vpower
5 45.2 1.97 37 22.88 19.7 Highway Shell Vpower

*Mostly  Quezon Ave - West ave traffic, with occasional BGC, Ortigas, and Pasig via C5 and Edsa on rush hours

Update : from  Fuel Consumption : Insane highway efficiency of Hyundai Tucson 2017 2.0 manual