The fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe has arrived in South Africa with a new design, a host of new technologies and more space than before. Hyundai has crossed a design ever since the Kona, just one look at this new Santa Fe and you can see that Hyundai’s biggest SUV is set to make quite a statement.
The wheelbase of the new Santa Fe has been increased by 65 mm, it is also 70 mm longer and 10 mm wider than its predecessor. This means more space inside! Something you want in a seven-seater, of course. The interior is more modern and plusher than the previous model and it’s obvious that Hyundai wanted the user experience to be what is found in more premium brands. A 7-inch infotainment system is standard across the range and integrates all media and connectivity features.
The second-row leg room has been increased by 38 mm and headroom in the third row has been improved by 22 mm. The standard luggage capacity has increased by 31-litres giving you 547-litres of cargo space when the third row of seats are down.
The new Santa Fe has been introduced with three derivatives, namely the base model Premium, the Executive, and the top of the range Elite. All models are powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 142 kW of power and 440 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s no wonder the Santa Fe is such a popular family car, especially with Hyundai now offering one of the best-in-class safety packages. The innovative Rear Occupant Alert (in the Elite derivative) monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car. The Elite also comes with an Electronic Child Safety Lock. The Safety Exit Assist, also standard in the Executive and Elite derivatives, prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors before being opened, so that passengers will exit the car safely. All derivatives have ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System); ESP (Electronic Stability Program); DBC (Downhill Brake Control) & HAC (Hill start Assist Control).
The Elite derivative is equipped with a panoramic sunroof and electrically operated rear hatch door (with adjustable height and opening speed) to name but a few features. All derivatives have cruise control, leather seats and climate control.
It is clear that Hyundai wants its new Santa Fe to be seen as a more premium product, but with that comes a higher price tag, but the standard list of features should persuade buyers to consider it. It’s just getting them to turn away from the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace or Kia Sorento that might prove tricky. Time will tell.
PRICING OF THE NEW HYUNDAI SANTA FE
• Santa Fe R 2.2 Premium automatic – R599 900
• Santa Fe R 2.2 Executive automatic – R659 900
• Santa Fe R 2.2 Elite automatic – R749 900.
All prices include Hyundai Automotive SA’s 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty (consisting of the standard 5-year/150 000 km warranty plus the additional 2-year/50 000 km drivetrain warranty extension).