The arrival of the new third generation Hyundai Santa Fe should continue to worry competitors in the SUV segment. The Hyundai/Kia Group has managed over the years to grow their market share significantly mostly as a result of their increased model line-up but most I believe as a result of their improved styling and focus on delivering quality products.
The Hyundai Santa Fe will be introduced in three derivatives with a choice of features and drivetrains. Buyers will have a choice of choosing the front-wheel drive Santa Fe Premium, and two all-wheel drive derivatives, the Executive and the Elite.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Executive and Elite will offer a third row seat which should come in handy when moving the clan around.
Hyundai terms the design of the all new Hyundai Santa Fe as being “Fluidic” and as invoking the impression of irrepressible motion through the model’s unique “Storm Edge” styling, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. Wow……
What we can see from the pictures is that the exterior of the Hyundai Santa Fe features a bold hexagonal front grille and rectangular lenses for the front Xenon headlights. The side view is highlighted by the rising belt line and a bold rising shoulder line behind the rear door handles which conveys strength and authority.
At the rear, detailing includes a sporty twin muffler with double exhaust tips, a diffuser style moulding beneath the bumper, and an LED high-level brake light. Very attractive alloy wheels are standard – 17” rims are fitted to the Premium derivative, while the Executive comes with 18” and the Elite with 19” rims. A full alloy spare wheel is located under the cargo floor.
The interior design is equally bold and modern, in particular the dramatic 3D sculptural treatment of the dashboard, centre console and eye-catching steering wheel, which is adjustable for rake and reach.
Information is displayed on an advanced TFT LCD instrument cluster housed in a sporty cylindrical shell, and there is also an information screen. Satin or high gloss chrome accents and high gloss finishes highlight the premium nature of the interior, with its leather upholstery.
Longer and wider than the previous generation model, the all-new Santa Fe provides outstanding legroom and increased headroom in the first row.
Boot space in the all-new Santa Fe is 1 003 litres in the Premium 5-seater, and 994 litres in the 7-seater Executive and Elite. A new centre console storage box, deep door pockets and a sizable lockable glove box contribute to the overall storage space in the new Santa Fe. Remote folding of the second row seats simplifies the conversion of the interior luggage space for carrying large and bulky items like pushchairs and bicycles.
Other features include the Dual Zone Climate Control (standard on all models), glove box cooler, a reverse camera (Elite model), automatic folding mirrors, automatic rain sensor, and full length panoramic sunroof (standard on Elite Model).
Power for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be delivered by a 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel with common rail injection and a high-efficiency electronic turbocharger.
The engine delivers 145kW at its peak power output at 3800rpm, and a torque output of 436Nm between 1800 and 2500rpm. The claimed fuel consumption figure for the Hyundai Santa Fe Premium model is 8 litres/100km whilst the Executive and Elite model have a claimed fuel consumption figure of 8.3 litres/100km.
The turbodiesel delivers its power to the wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic 6-speed transmission that offers the option of manual shift control.
The all-wheel drive system in the Executive and Elite delivers power through the front wheels under normal road conditions for optimum economy and fuel efficiency, but engages the rear wheels automatically when conditions demand it. It also features a 4WD lock mode selector that distributes power in a 50:50 ratio to front and rear wheels for increased off-road ability, while automatically switching to “Auto” mode to protect the drive system when the vehicle speed increases to 40 km/h.
The prices of the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe range are:
Santa Fe R2.2 Premium FWD 5-seater R434 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Executive AWD 7-seater R459 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Elite AWD 7-seater R499 900