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Let me get a bit neigbourly and talk about the stuff that excites my fellow citizen of the page. Since I am not as informed as the man himself, I will not expose my ignorance on such issues as compression and axils; I will dive straight into the computer issues.

Things have changed a great deal; we no longer talk about station wagons but sports utility vehicles (SUV). Even that has expired already, we now have crossover utility vehicles (CUV); this is a SUV with a hangover for the station wagon days.

The Hyundai Tucson CUV Caribbean 2016 Limited is perhaps what a modern techie CUV is all about.

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The Tucson CUV 2016 has a pair of analogue gauges for tachometer, engine coolant temperature and fuel. Sandwiched between the gauges is a 4.2-inch multifunction LCD that displays your trip, fuel economy, deriver assist, turn by turn navigation and music information.

Using this touch-screen display, you can set how long lights stay on after you get out of the car and sensitivity of the automatic head lamps.

Mounted at the top of the top of the centre stack is an 8-inch LCD 800 x 400 resolution display for the infotainment system. Below the display are clearly labelled buttons that provide direct access to frequently used functions and knobs like volume and radio turning or music file navigation.

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If you take a close look, you will notice the absence of the CD/DVD player. Hyundai is making it loud and clear that we no longer live in a world where music is packaged in CDs. When was the last time you purchased a musical CD?

There is one USB port in the centre of the console with large cubby that fits phablets like Nexus 6 with room to spare. This USB port hosts standard flash drives with MP3s and interfaces with smartphones. It is readily available to charge your devices.

You can stream music straight from your smartphone via Pandora connectivity.

Android phones use Bluetooth autostreaming while iPhones require a physical USB connection.

The system allows you to navigate by track, artist, album, song tittle or folder. Bluetooth function allows phone pairing.

This means that the infotainment takes over the functions of your phone. It downloads your contacts and call history and you can make and receive calls without touching your phone. Using Siri or Google Voice recognition you can perform hands free text replies.

The controls of the infotainment are replicated on the sides of the steering wheel so that you do not have to lean over to use the ones on the infotainment display.

I do not know how good a navigation system would work in our streets; all the same this vehicle is fully equipped with maps.

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