Hyundai Santa Fe

Overview:

Hyundai Santa Fe a crossover SUV which fits a family drive is big in style, comfort and power. Hyundai has worked a lot on all aspects of this vehicle and brought the product into a segment that had few giants from both global and Indian companies. The SUV is beautifully moulded to look aggressive yet calm and elegant. While the commanding power source rumbles quietly under the hood, the car carries equipment to get the best out of this source. The car is designed to offer good control and it also has a range of safety aspects that should be present in a car which is used for top speed highway drives.

This will soon make its way into the Indian market as well because of the increasing popularity of compact SUV’s, Crossovers and all-rounder SUV’s. Under the hood the facelift Santa Fe gets the same 2.0 litre and the 2.2 Litre diesel engines units which according to Hyundai have now improved responsiveness, emission levels and also improved NVH levels.

Performance:

As already mentioned above the facelifted SUV has not received any mechanical changed under its hood and thus it is still offered with the same 2.0 Litre and the 2.2 Litre diesel unit. Now the engine which is offered in India is the 2.2 Litre unit which produces an impressive 194 bhp of maximum power at 3800 rpm and 44.45kgm of torque at 1800-2500rpm. This diesel unit is mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

The two-row 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a standard 190-horsepower four-cylinder engine that provides decent power even on the highway. But if you frequently load it up with camping gear or family gear, you’ll notice the extra weight slowing you down. So if you’re hauling people and equipment regularly for day trips, consider opting for the 265-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. You’ll get more power, and you won’t pay a heavy penalty at the gas station, as both engines get about the same fuel economy: 20/27 mpg city/highway for the Sport, and 19/27 for the three-row Santa Fe. But be aware that both ratings are low for the class.

As of Riding, The Crossover SUV has an optional four-wheel drive system and the torque distribution can be locked to this mode whenever needed. Although it is huge it is designed to handle like a car to suit the city limits. The suspension system on this vehicle gives good control and comfort even in bad road conditions. Although the car does not appear to be built for serious off-road driving, it does perform well on all types of roads in the countryside. The tyres are made of special material that gives optimum road grip and also saves fuel by good role ability. The car is equipped with an anti-lock braking system and with the ventilated discs mounted on front wheels to provide effective braking at all speeds.

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Build & Styling:

The new generation Santa Fe is already one good looking SUV which also gets the typical ’Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 “design language which also seen in all the other Hyundai products. Towards the front, the new Santa Fe facelift gets a completely redesigned grille, while the headlamps to have been slightly tweaked and it now gets a HID headlamps while it also gets integrated restyled LED daytime running lamps which adds the premium appeal to the SUV.

Towards the side profile, everything looks identical to the pre-facelift SUV but it does get optional 19-inch alloy wheels while it comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels. The Santa Fe facelift also gets an optional Panoramic sunroof which is a premium feature that many will like.

The infotainments system on the SUV too remains unchanged while some other features includes: organ type accelerator pedal, a folding type of keyless remote control key (panic function, outside mirror folding function), Manual air conditioning, trip computer, windshield shade band lines, gas hood lifters, door locks (centralized, speed-sensitive type), one-touch triple turn signal, headlamp escort function, USB charger.

Step inside and you won’t notice any huge change inside but Hyundai definitely focused more on improving the quality and level of the interior. But that is actually not it take a look and you will notice that the instrument cluster gets completely new fonts and we also loved the newly revised accents on the dashboard and seats.

Conclusion:

The Santa Fe for sure was not able to leave a huge mark in the Indian market but this new facelift SUV surely looks exciting as well as promising and although it may come with the same engine under its hood they certainly received some tweaks to deliver better fuel efficiency and emission levels. The exterior too looks, even more, premium with the restyled grille and addition of differently patterned LED daytime running lamps. Expect the facelift SUV to land in our Indian shores towards the end of the year 2015.