If you are a quiet introvert, someone who eases through life hoping not to be noticed, who settles for a little Marie biscuit rather than a steak sandwich, the Santa Fe is not for you. If you want the full buffet of life, like to laugh and go with friends, don’t mind spending a bit, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a good choice.
This is the big brother of the Hyundai SUV range. Large, muscular, unapologetically go anywhere. But even a superjock might go for a facelift on the sly now and then, just to maintain the rugged good looks. The Santa Fe did just that.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is not a new generation, although the manufacturer has not yet announced full specs. Rather, it is a major style revamp, both inside and out. There are also a couple of handling and safety upgrades.
The first change is to the nose. The takes the current Santa Fe’s prominent grille and stretches it to incorporate the bottom sections of the headlights. The slitty-eyed top lights are even more slitty than before. T-shaped running lights connect the top and bottom section of the headlights. Because of the grille, the new one looks slightly smoother, less angular.
The back is pretty similar to the current looks, but with a full-width reflector underlining the boot door.
Did I say big? The first design sits on 20-inch wheels, although that may just be concept-car visual trickery creeping in. While it is possible the top model may well offer the manhole covers, 19 or 18-inch may well be offered on most trim.
The fixed point for the steering arms has moved closer to the middle of the front wheels for better handling, while sound-absorbing cladding has been added to vibration-sensitive parts to dampen noise and vibration. Collision safety has been improved with a multi-load path structure, hot stamping and the integration of a super-high-tensile steel plate.
Inside a huge 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system nicely complements the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. You get a Terrain Mode selector to make the most of the all-wheel drive, including Sand, Snow, Mud, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart.
Not confirmed, but strongly suspected, are the options of a full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain as well.
As said, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a big, bold SUV, perfect for city and country. If you are in the market for a car like this, it is well worth checking out the big Hyundai.