Hyundai refines the Santa Fe SUV

Hyundai’s upgraded Santa Fe, available in two derivatives with an extensive Elite standard features package, adopts the most recent Hyundai design features, with the signature hexagonal front grille and sharper profile visually uniting the range. Hyundai has also introduced advanced active safety technologies in the car include Smart Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection

The Santa Fe R2.2 5-seater Elite uses a front-wheel drive system, while the R2.2 7-seater Elite is equipped with an All-Wheel Drive system that can be locked when needed.

At the front, a new layout for the xenon projector headlamps has been applied, while the rear lamps feature a fresh LED graphic. Road presence is enhanced by newly designed 19” alloy wheels that accentuate the model’s refined lines, new front and rear bumpers with redesigned fog and LED daytime running lights, framed with new silver trim.

“The New Santa Fe features a number of important upgrades that emphasise its visual stance and athletic character,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa. “As the flagship car in Hyundai’s local range and its SUV line-up, the Santa Fe benefits from several new technologies in the Hyundai stable, all contributing to a more luxurious and safer motoring experience,” says Anderson.

Inside, Santa Fe remains a refined and comfortable place to be with updates to the console cluster and the navigation system presenting the car’s sophisticated image. The relationship between design and functionality continues throughout the cockpit where new material and exterior colours build on the premium quality that has become the hallmark of Hyundai’s flagship model.

Inside New Santa Fe a new navigation system combines with premium sound to provide occupants with a high-quality interface, including the latest in-car audio technology.

Alongside these upgrades, passengers sitting in the new car’s second row of sliding seats will benefit from greater space as an extra 15 mm has been added to the travel, boosting the adjustment to 270 mm.

Another new feature is the Smart Power Tailgate that opens at the push of a button – either on the tailgate door itself, or on the keyless entry fob, with an audible warning to anyone in the vicinity. This is particularly useful when loading shopping bags in the spacious luggage area.

Hyundai’s powerful 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine, developing 145 kW and 436 Nm of torque, is used in both the front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive Elite variants, coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox that offers the option of manual gearshift. This engine delivers CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of 198 g/km and 8 litres/100 km respectively in the 2WD 5-seater Elite variant, and 206 g/km and 8,3 litres/100 km in the All-Wheel Drive 7-seater Elite derivative.

Three driving modes can be selected: Sport, Normal and Eco. The normal driving mode is selected by default, and the Sport or Eco mode can be chosen by pressing a switch on the instrument panel right of the steering wheel.

In Eco mode the gears shift slightly earlier to effect more frugal fuel consumption in a car that can boast with a figure of as low as 7,3 litres/100 km on the open road.

The prices for the Santa Fe R2.2 2WD 5-seater Elite starts at N$659 900, while the price for the Santa Fe R2.2 4WD 7-seater Elite starts at N$699 900.