The previous generation Santa Fe was one of the best SUV’s around and the UK accounted for one third of total Santa Fe sales in Europe for 2011, we find out if Hyundai can really improve the recipe!
What is it? This is the third generation of Hyundai’s hugely successful Santa Fe, a car that has garnered so much favour with buyers seeking a practical, economical and well equipped solution to family motoring.
Who is it aimed at? A genuine seven-seater, the Santa Fe is a great family 4×4 and will prove a practical, economical and well-equipped solution for family transport needs.
Styling It’s been to the gym and lost it’s rough and rugged look. The new model sports sleek lines and looks almost futuristic. Changes to the grille, lights and roofline all combine to give it a far more premium look. The new model is also longer, wider and sits lower than its predecessor.
Under the Bonnet One engine, a 2.2-litre CRDi, is available, that produces 194bhp and 422 Nms torque. There is the option of two or four-wheel drive plus buyers can choose between manual or automatic transmissions. Our test car came with four-wheel drive and manual transmission.
What about Inside? Climbing in behind the wheel the interior is just as good looking as the exterior and the cabin and dash wouldn’t look out of place in a more expensive vehicle. There is also more room inside than in the previous version and the new Santa Fe can carry two adults and five children and still have 582 litres of luggage space. This can rise to a max of 1,600 litres which is good to know before you make any trips to Ikea.
On the Road? On the road the Santa Fe feels well built and handles beautifully. Take it on the motorway and the engine is smooth and there are huge reserves of power making overtaking a breeze. Inside the cabin it is quiet and the suspension soaks up potholes and road bumps.
And Safety? As far as safety is concerned no shortcuts have been taken and the all-new Santa Fe offers a host of active safety systems to ensure drivers have the best chance of avoiding an accident. These include ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (electronic stability programme), VSM (vehicle stability management), DBC (downhill brake control) and a hill-holder system. The Santa Fe is fitted with seven airbags as standard, including driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee units. For greater pedestrian safety, this is also the first Hyundai model to be equipped with an active hood, the bonnet rises to reduce the force of the collision and, thus, reduce the risk of injury.
Options? Three trim levels are available and there is still a choice of either five- or seven-seat configurations the Santa Fe comes standard with a number of key features including 18-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicator lights, reverse parking sensors. Moving up to the Premium mid-trim adds extras such as touchscreen satellite navigation, reverse parking camera with Parking Guidance System, electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, roof rails, chrome effect door handles and black leather seat trim. The new range-topping Premium SE trim gets 19-inch alloy wheels, electric driver’s seat adjustment, Panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, front parking sensors, Smart Parking Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, Supervision Cluster with LCD display.
What about fuel economy? Fuel economy is up by 11.6 per cent and CO2 emissions are down 11.9 per cent on the previous model. Our test car returned 46.3 mpg on a combined cycle and has emissions of 159g/km .
Okay so the Verdict? With great new styling inside and out and generous equipment the Hyundai Santa Fe is a very impressive option. Perfect as a family car it will take you through snow, floods or just the school run plus it’s backed by an unbeatable five year warranty.
Why you’ll buy one?
Impressive fuel economy; refined, styling
Why you won’t?
There is very little not to like
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Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 Diesel 4WD Manual
Engine:2,199cc,diesel engine putting out 194bhp @ 3,800rpm and 422Nm of torque.
Max speed: 118 mph
0-60 mph: 9.8 seconds
Emissions: 159 g/km
Model price range: £25,495– £34,395
No of Doors: 5
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 46.3 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up(down) : 582 Litres ( 1,600 litres)
Car Seats: 2 Isofix fittings in the rear
Service interval (miles): 20000
Warranty (years): 5
Warranty (miles) : Unlimited
March 1st, 2013