New Hyundai Santa Fe diesel review
The new generation Santa Fe doesn’t hit UK showrooms until mid-October, but Hyundai have already revealed that prices will start at £25,495 for the 2.2L CRDi Style 2WD model.
The Santa Fe has been a huge hit for Hyundai in Britain, selling 37,500 units since its release in 2001.
Last year’s 4,200 units were the second best ever for the vehicle, especially since that number is roughly 33% of Santa Fe units sold in Europe.
The new generation model, manufactured in Ulsan, South Korea looks like being a huge leap forward in regards design and desirability.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said that Hyundai is sticking with the Santa Fe nameplate because of that success and because of its popularity with the buying public.
He went on to say that many of the improvements made came as a direct result of feedback from customers and that the Hyundai Santa Fe will appeal to Hyundai drivers new and old.
The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe will have a 2.2L CRDi diesel engine under the hood with the option of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
A lot of work has been put into the engine to ensure that it will increase fuel efficiency whilst also reducing CO2 emissions.
It succeeds on both fronts, with the 4WD manual Santa Fe delivering a combined fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg and 159 g/km, making it a great option for a fleet vehicle.
There are three trim levels to choose from with the option of 5 or 7-seat configurations, as well as a host of standard features that befit Hyundai’s value for money credo.
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Santa Fe trims: Style, Premium, Premium SE
The entry level Style model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, reverse parking sensors, body colored door handles and mirrors, daytime running lights, and a rear spoiler with a high-mounted brake light.
The interior is loaded too, with AC, voice recognition Bluetooth, and a multi-function steering wheel all included.
Hyundai engineers made the suspension of the UK-specs Santa Fe specific by tailoring it to suit the bumps and uneven road surfaces often found throughout the country.
In addition they have also included a number of safety features as standard including ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and seven airbags.
The Santa Fe also features the Active Bonnet System that effectively raises the height of the hood by 60mm, helping pedestrians avoid catastrophic head injuries in the event of a collision.
The Premium trim has a few additional features not found on the entry level Style.
Those include a touchscreen navigation system, reverse parking camera, electric folding door mirrors, dual zone climate control, plus chrome door handles and leather seat trim on the interior, with prices for the Premium starting at just £28,995.
At £32,695, the top-of-the-range Santa Fe Premium SE delivers a large selection of luxury features that highlight comfort and safety.
Those features include 19-inch alloy wheels, electric seat adjustments on the driver’s side, keyless entry, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps, front parking sensors, and an engine stop/start button.
Each Santa Fe crossover comes with Hyundai’s standard 5-year Triple care package, which includes unlimited warranty, roadside assistance, and free vehicle health checks.