Much has changed since 2001 when the first Hyundai Santa Fe appeared on the scene but not in terms of popularity. Like a fine wine, the Hyundai Santa Fe has aged incredibly well over the years and not only in looks, but also style and performance.
This midsize SUV is appealing because it’s practical, slightly smaller, cheaper, more fuel efficient and less overbearing than some conventional SUVs. That said, it still has seven seats, a high driving position, a level of off-road ability and capable of towing caravans, trailers or horseboxes. The fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe reveals plenty of elegance, style, safety, performance and cutting-edge technology.
Some of the nifty features include rear seat monitors that detect movement in the second or third row of seats after the car has been locked. It sends a warning to your smartphone so you can make sure you did not forget someone in the car.
Another new safety feature is ‘safe exit assist’. It prevents the doors from opening on the side where there may be a car, a motorcycle, a bicycle or a pedestrian approaching from behind. Hyundai’s Smart Sense driver aids are now standard across the range and include automatic high-beam dipping, forward collision assist, lane-holding assist, smart cruise control and rear-cross traffic warning.
All Santa Fe models are fitted with a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system. It essentially coordinates the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist. It creates an integrated active safety system that helps keep you and your family safe in dangerous situations. The Santa Fe also comes standard with driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags.
Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Specifications
The new Hyundai Santa Fe is available in a choice of two petrol and one diesel variant. Starting with petrol, the options are either a 2.4-litre, direct-injection non-turbo petrol (136kW) or a two-litre turbopetrol (170kW). Diesel fans get a 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel pushing out 147kW and 435Nm at 1750rpm. It provides class leading fuel economy and efficiency without sacrificing on power while remaining eco-friendly. The 2.2-litre VGT common rail diesel engine produces 8.3-litres per 100 kilometres and only 194 g/km of CO2.
All the engines are paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission which includes a lower first gear and a higher top gear than the previous six-speed gearbox. It shows much-improved performance off the line and a more relaxing, comfortable drive when cruising.
If that’s not enough to get your driving gloves on, the Santa Fe uses Hyundai’s HTRAC™ all-wheel drive system fitted with an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch and three selectable drive modes. Normal, Sport and Smart where most of the power goes to the rear wheels for improved handling in Sport mode. HTRAC™ actively adjusts power distribution to all 4 wheels for optimal balance on all kinds of road conditions. Unlike mechanical four-wheel-drive systems other car brand use, HTRAC™ variably controls the braking and power to the wheels.
Interior and Exterior
The interior is modern and specially engineered to reduce noise levels and provide the utmost comfort for the driver and passengers alike. Fluid design lines and flexible, comfortable seating complete the picture. Seats can easily be arranged to suit every type of trip, from school runs, shopping, to long road trips and luggage-filled camping trips. To make things even easier, the Santa Fe also has a smart tailgate system which makes loading and unloading a breeze.
A 7-inch digital information display shows important driver information such as the status of active safety features, estimated range, fuel consumption, navigation instructions and exterior temperature among others. Adding to the impressive styling and favouring natural light, is a panoramic sunroof. The new Santa Fe includes all the convenience features you’d come to expect from a premier brand which includes air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel, electric and auto folding side mirrors, front electric windows and a radio/CD/MP3/AUX/iPod/USB player.
On the outside, the new Santa Fe looks stunning with elegant body contours and dimensions that add a subtle touch of class. An eye-catching grille and LED lights make for a really balanced look while a skid plate and twin chrome tailpipes give the Santa Fe a sporty undertone. A stainless steel nudge bar, detachable tow bar, chrome bumper protector and stainless steel side bars remind us that this is a quality mid-sized, all-wheel drive SUV capable of taking anything on in style.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe is everything you’d expect and more but don’t take our word for it, book a test drive today!
Pricing is correct as of October 2018
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