THE new Hyundai Santa Fe is finally here, offering a lot more than comfort thanks to its numerous safety features. Though motoring buffs in South Africa first knew about the latest Santa Fe after it was featured at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the local market had to wait more than 12 months to access the all-new Hyundai model.
The Santa Fe boasts a D-segment SUV re-styled inside and out and with enhanced features and new technology. Though influenced by Hyundai’s design language (they call it fluidic sculpture), the third-generation Santa Fe has its own form called “storm edge” which claims to capture the strong and dynamic images created by nature as severe weather forms.
The Santa Fe, Hyundai says, has a more assertive presence than its predecessors; it’s longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model though with the same 2700mm wheelbase. The models for SA are still be be settled but the European range has one petrol and two diesel engines – unchanged except for lower fuel consumption.
The 2.2 turbodiesel produces 147kW/431Nm, the two-litre 110kW/82Nm, the 2.4 petrol 142kW and drives two or all four wheels through a six-speed manual or an auto transmission.
The auto has two operating modes – full auto or sport.
Maximum towing capacity (for a fully laden vehicle) with a braked trailer is 2500 kg (manual transmission). The new model sports cruise control, light-and rain-detecting lights and wipers and a parking assistance system. Front and second-row legroom have been increased by 38mm and 45mm respectively and boot space deepened by 37mm over the previous model to take 534 litres with the front five seats upright.
Hyundai’s adjustable steering will make its debut with normal, sport and comfort settings displayed on a 19cm LCD screen.
Safety systems include ABS, stability management, downhill speed control and a self-releasing handbrake. A lane-departure warning system alerts the driver should the car start to drift into an adjacent lane without the relevant indicator being activated.
The new model is fitted with seven air bags as standard, including driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee.
The Sante Fe sports an active bonnet which helps mitigate a collision with a pedestrian. The bonnet rises to absorb the force of the collision and, thus, reduce the risk of injury.
Another breakthrough from Hyundai’s design team is the EPB – Electronic Parking Brake. The EPB saves on interior space and provides more convenience with a state of the art switch designed for activating the parking brake.
Engine start up automatically cancels the brake function.
Savour the pleasure of driving with a sense of comfort not only in the front but also in the back so that the entire family can enjoy the ride, not to mention a roomy luggage space, which makes any journey a relaxing memory to cherish.
Prices and Specs
Model: Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Elite 4×4 5-s Dsl AT MY10
Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Elite 4×4 7-s Dsl AT MY10
Retail Price: R429 900,00