What is it?
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a spacious, beautifully equipped, and safe sports-utility class vehicle. Strengths include its 4-wheel-drive system that – unlike permanent 4-wheel-drive - saves fuel by only sending power to a single axle when it has plenty of grip. The system then automatically changes to all-wheel when it is required.
The Santa Fe is available with 5 or 7 seats. Cargo capacity for the former is 585-litres rising to 1,680-litres with the rear seats folded flat within the modern, sophisticated, cabin. Capacity is estate-like, in other words. The third row of seats emerges from boot floor, so luggage capacity falls slightly to 516/1,615-litres.
Engine, performance, fuel consumption and emissions
Power comes via a 2.2-litre, 200PS, diesel engine that has 440Nm of torque and is teamed with 6-speed manual, or 6-speed automatic, transmission. Performance and fuel consumption are pleasing for a large, sports-utility, vehicle. Expect 62mph in 9.0 seconds (9.6 auto), 46.3mpg (42.4mpg) and carbon emissions of 159g/km (174g/km).
Trims and equipment
The Premium 5-door has: Bluetooth, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view parking camera, electric parking brake, tyre pressure monitor, automatic headlamps and cruise with speed limiter. Plenty, then. The 7 seat model also has self-levelling suspension and rear air-conditioning.
The Premium SE comes with 7 seats only. Extras include its: headlamp washers, heated steering wheel and key-less entry system with start/stop button. Finally, the Team Wiggins Edition is inspired by cyclist Bradley Wiggins, limited to a production run of 500, and has extras such as a electric tailgate and panoramic roof.
This sports-utility class vehicle earns plaudits for its safety features too. Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses safety – awarded it a maximum 5 star rating in 2015, the manufacturer claimed. Santa Fe has a typical variety of airbags and anti-lock brakes, plus newer concepts such as autonomous emergency braking.
Autonomous emergency braking scans the road for hazards such as slowing vehicles and pedestrians. Capability comes courtesy of a camera and radar. Should a motorist fail to respond to a hazard that is too close there is a visual/audible alert and, if necessary, the system brakes to avoid an impact or reduce severity.
Note: Autonomous emergency braking is available on the Premium SE and Team Wiggins models as part of the Convenience Pack (optional).
These high-spec trims also have a lane departure warning system that scans lane markings then informs the driver if the car wanders. Also, blind spot monitor adds lights to the wing mirrors and an alarm. These spring to life should a driver indicate a lane change into the path of a vehicle concealed by (say) a rear pillar.
New Hyundai Santa Fe prices range from £31,850 to £38,295. Prices include the manufacturer's 5 year, unlimited mileage, warranty.