February 5, 2014: The much expected compact SUV Santa Fe facelift has been launched at the first day of the Indian Auto Expo 2014. introduced at the the Detroit Auto Show last year, this SUV will be developed at Hyundai’s Chennai plant. This model is equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, delivering 194bhp and a top torque of 436Nm. It comes with both automatic and manual transmission, while it comes with four-wheel drive as well as two-wheel drive options. Some of its unique features include GPS device, leather seats, sunroof, Engine start-stop button, redesigned front bumper with elegantly integrated fog lamps. Santa Fe is going to lock horns with Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Nissan X-Trail and Ssangyong RX7.
Hyundai India has some very amazing cars in its portfolio. The company knows how to keep its consumers and fans happy and that is why it has introduced cars in almost every segment. For hatchback lovers, Hyundai offers Hyundai i10 while for the compact car lovers; you could go for Hyundai Santro and Hyundai Eon. If you love sedans, Hyundai Verna Fluidic and Hyundai Accent are present in the market. On the other hand, for luxury and plush SUV lovers, Hyundai Santa Fe is the best choice. Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the safest and most premium SUVs that is available in the market today. The company has put in a lot of efforts to make this SUV top notch in every section. The major competitors of the car comprise of Chevrolet Captiva, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota Fortuner. This luxurious SUV has been introduced in two trims i.e. 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive.
Hyundai Santa Fe is undoubtedly a mean machine that has been loaded with superior and top-notch style, which is successful in alluring one and all. The Santa Fe SUV is very irresistible and this head turner will take your breath away at a single glance. The Hyundai Santa Fe is designed with imposing exteriors and interiors offering both, style and comfort. From the outside, the mid sized SUV is fitted with new bumpers and body mouldings, sporty wheels and a new grille which offers a very aggressive look to the car; a pair of fog lights to give Santa Fe a dynamic and taut stance according to the new car builder. The front body coloured grille, along with some chrome inserts offers trust and faith and a tint of glamour. The interiors are also very impressive with overall leather wrapping along with few dignified touches of wood and chrome.
The Hyundai Santa Fe slots in many comfort and safety features for both, the pleasure and safety of the passengers. Safety is obviously the strong point of the car with the company making sure that it not only protects the occupants but also keeps the car safe and sound in case of a collision or accident. Some of the highlighting safety features here include in 6 airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD, and Brake Assists, active headrest, ESP, rollover sensor, cruise control, parking sensor, immobiliser, central door locking, child seat anchor, etc . On the other hand, the car maker hasn’t compromised on the comfort level and has blessed the car with numerous impressive comfort features. The comfort features available in the Hyundai Santa Fe comprise of iPod/USB auxiliary inputs for MP3 players, audio controls on the steering wheel standard in both variants, dual zone automatic temperature control with all side AC vents, front and rear power windows, cluster ionizer, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, trip computer, etc.
Finally, talking about the core and heart of the SUV, Santa Fe is fitted with strong and very dynamic engine. The Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with a diesel engine only. The Santa Fe's 2.2-litre CRDI diesel engine is known to be one of the best performers in the city and while off-roading. This engine has the displacement of 2199cc and the CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel supply system delivers amazingly good engine performance and fuel efficiency. The car is mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox that is transaxle type and pushes the car performance up on the graph substantially. The Euro V engine of Hyundai Santa Fe has also been endowed with 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) that offer clear emission and better torque figures.
The car maker has equipped this SUV model with a powerful 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine that can displace 2199cc. This motor can generate a peak power output of 194.3Bhp at 3800rpm, while yielding 420.7Nm of peak torque at 1800 to 2500rpm. This 4-cylinder engine is coupled with a six speed manual transmission gearbox that sends the power to the front wheels. The manufacturer has equipped this entry level trim with comfort features, which includes a 12-way adjustable power driver seat, steering wheel with mounted controls, a dual zone fully automatic temperature control, rear manual curtains, front center armrest with storage, sun visor with illuminated vanity mirror, luggage under floor box, tilt and telescopic steering, outside temperature gauge, one touch triple turn signal, MT shift indicator, rain sensing wipers and much more. The company is also offering a touch screen audio system with MP3/USB, AUX In and Bluetooth connection. On the other hand, this model is blessed with sophisticated safety aspects including dual front airbags, anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution system, rear view camera with touch audio display, rear parking sensors, silica tyres, impact sensing door unlock, height adjustable front seat belts, speed sensing auto door lock, child seat anchor, engine immobilizer, folding key and flex steer function....
This mid range variant comes with the same diesel engine, but is paired with a 6-speed H-matic automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, it comes with a few more features like IGN key interlock system, shift lock system and Active Eco mode. Apart from these, all the remaining aspects are similar to those given to the 2WD MT trim....
This is the top end variant and it comes with advanced features like a supervision cluster, advanced traction cornering control system, rollover sensor, brake assist function, hill start assist and downhill brake control, vehicle stability management control, electronic stability control, side and curtain airbags. On the other hand, it also gets a smart key with push button start, front pocket lighting system and so on. All the other features are same like those present in the 2WD AT trim....
Ed's take: The mileage of the Santa Fe isn’t that great. It will be somewhere between 8-11km/l, depending on the manual or automatic transmission, when driving in city.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is available with a 2.2-litre, 2199cc, CRDi diesel engine that offers energetic engine performance with a smooth supply of fuel and better fuel efficiency. The Euro V engine of Hyundai Santa Fe is packed with 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) that offer clear emission and better torque outputs. The proven CRDi engine produces a top power of 191bhp at the rate of 3800 rpm and lays out a peak torque of 420Nm at the rate of 1800-2500 rpm. This engine is further mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine offers better mileage both in city and on the highways. The ARAI claimed mileage of the vehicle is 14.66 kmpl on the highways, while on the city roads, the car manages to give out 11.33 kmpl of fuel economy. The cruise control and shift indicator are also useful things that help the driver to get maximum fuel efficiency.
Ed's take: The power produced by the Santa Fe is good on paper, and by this it is the most powerful in its segment.
The lavish SUV from Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe is available with a diesel engine only. The 2.2-litre, 2199cc, 4-cylinder, DOHC, CRDi diesel mill is regarded as a powerful performer while being fuel efficient as well. The Euro V engine in Hyundai Santa Fe develops a maximum power of 191bhp at the rate of 3800 rpm and lays out peak torque of 420Nm at the rate of 1800-2500 rpm that is transmitted to the cars drive via means of a 6-speed manual gearbox. In the four-wheel drive variant, you can also choose on demand the 4 wheel drive option which is there to be used when off-roading; the options can be activated below the speed of 40 kmph.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the manual Santa Fe is better than that of the automatic. The shifts on the autobox are rather sluggish. But it is still good enough for an automatic.
The Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with a 2.2-litre, 2199cc, 4-cylinder, DOHC, CRDi diesel engine that is capable of churning out the highest power output of 191bhp at the rate of 3800 rpm and lays out a peak torque of 420Nm at the rate of 1800-2500 rpm. The vehicle has got a 6-speed manual gearbox that is transaxle type; the 4 WD variant has been endowed with on demand torque distribution with lock function. The 6-speed manual gearbox offers impressive acceleration and crosses the barrier of 60 kmph in just 9.8 seconds and gives a top speed of 190 kmph. Added to this, Hyundai Santa Fe easily crosses the 130 kmph mark in only 3rd gear. With these impressive pickup and acceleration figures, Hyundai Santa Fe charms the driver and occupants with its impressive performance on road and off road.
The skilled engineers of Hyundai have blessed Santa Fe with a very tidy, elegant and aerodynamic structure, which doesn’t look boxy, unlike traditional SUVs, but give you a feel of sportiness combined with luxury. The exteriors of the car are refreshing and have been designed keeping in mind the requirements and needs of any aspiring SUV consumer. The front profile of the car has been finished with a lot of subtlety without compromising the aesthetic appeal. The front grille is sophisticated, along with the chrome finished ‘H’ of Hyundai positioned right in the centre. The projection headlamps proffer a very modish and chic appearance that adds on more style to the frontage. The fog lamps come with clear lens that enhance the visibility of the road for the driver during misty and foggy weather. The side profile of the car isn’t disappointing. The car has been blessed with heat operated ORVMs dipped in body colour. The body coloured door handles and wheel arches enhance the side view of the car. The 18-inch alloy wheels fitted here provide the car with a fabulous appearance and a sporty stance. The roof mounted compact antenna and roof rails add to the glory to the car. The rear section of Hyundai Santa Fe is also very refined that has been blessed with a combination light cluster and high mounted brake lights on the rear spoiler, that makes the SUV look striking. These lights offer optimum visibility. The Hyundai Santa Fe is endowed with sporty chrome tipped twin exhausts outlets. The aerodynamic design of the car goes well with the rear bumpers and the roof rails available in the premium trim offer practicality as well as style. The tail gate handle is quite big and is placed perfectly, which provides you with easy access to the cargo area. The dual exhaust finished in chrome completes the overall appearance of the car.
Hyundai Santa Fe is a stylish SUV model with a seating capacity of 7 members. Its compact dimensions guarantee comfortable handling and manoeuvrability while driving in the city. The exterior dimensions of Hyundai Santa Fe are as follows: Length- 4,660 mm, Width - 1,890 mm and Height - 1,760 mm . It has a wide wheelbase of 2700 mm and a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meter.
Ed's take: The interiors of the third generation Santa Fe are more stylish and contemporary, when compared to competition. The seats are large and spacious and even the second row of seating has good enough to seat for large adults. The Santa Fe was designed keeping in mind the American market, so there is sufficient space.
The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with very elegant and stunning interiors, which attracts more than just a look by passersbys. The ingenious interiors complement its modish and sporty exterior. The interior of Santa Fe are very graceful and exclusive, combining dual tone stylish interiors with highly advanced luxuries and more versatility than ever before. The spacious interior here makes you feel at home even on the busiest traffic snarls. The leather upholstery is extremely luxurious that gives you a feel, which is stunning and blends well with the ambience of the car. The interior of this sporty SUV carries a royal touch with it that would make you feel very special. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather plus metal finish gear knob add style to the car. The wood finish interior insert, metal finish inside door handles, metal finish inserts on the doors and dashboard give it classic cum modern appearance.
The cool blue setting that includes the blue LED instrument lighting on the dashboard and on the central console, develops the visibility and will eventually reduce the strain in eyes, thus adding another level of comfort and ease to your journey. The urbane carbon black trim on the dashboard offers a very stylish and authentic look to the second generation Hyundai Santa Fe. The car is available in 7 seat configurations across the range to add versatility. The Hyundai Santa Fe is blessed with a 4-spoke, multi-functional steering wheel that looks characteristic; just behind the steering, funky instrument panel is placed that comprises of a tachometer, speedometer, and trip meter.
The Hyundai Santa Fe surely offers a huge array of comfort features to all the car lovers as this luxurious SUV (sports Utility Vehicle) comes packed with a string of advanced comfort features and luxuries. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a comfortable drive with direct controls of audio system mounted at tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Additionally, the cruise controls available on the steering wheel guarantee easy use of this constant speed limiter. An important feature that draws your attention here is the dual zone climate control that offers the passengers a choice of their individual preferred temperatures. AC vents are also available for the second and third seat row occupants and the third seat row is blessed with AC controls as well.
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been equipped with three seat rows in which 7 passengers including the driver can be accommodated; the driver seat is 8-way adjustable accompanied by lumber support. The co-driver seat can also be adjusted in 4 different ways, according to the best comfort level. The second seat row is 60:40 split folding while the third seat row is 50:50 split folding with flat bed perform. The front seat head rest can be tilted and moved up and down while all the head rests can be adjusted up and down. The Sporty SUV sports power windows for both, front and rear. There are other comfort features in the car including electric adjustable and retractable heated ORVMs, cool box in central console armrest along with storage, cluster ionizer, MT shift indicator, driver window with pinch guard-auto down & up , rear centre armrest with cup holders, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extensions, dual sun glass holder, intermittent wiper and washer, trip computer with distance to empty, luggage net and hooks, etc.
Hyundai Santa Fe is an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) model and on the inside it offers huge passenger room in terms of space along with a seating capacity of 7 passengers. Hyundai Santa Fe offers generous headroom, ample legroom, shoulder room and hip-room.
Ed's take: The 2.2-litre CRDi engine on the Santa Fe is powerful. The automatic transmission also has sport mode, however it misses out on paddle shifts.
The stylish and sporty Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in diesel engine option only. The 2.2-litre, CRDi diesel engine has a displacement of 2199cc. The Euro V engine of Hyundai Santa Fe is fitted with 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshafts) that proffer clearer emissions and better fuel efficiency. The CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel supply system works for smooth and swift supply of fuel without any interruption and thus aiding the car to deliver better performance. This powerful diesel engine delivers a top power of 191bhp at the rate of 3800 rpm and lays out peak torque of 420Nm at the rate of 1800-2500 rpm. This engine has been coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in two trims that are a two-wheel drive and a 4 wheel drive variant. The engine also incorporates Electro - Variable Geometry Turbo Charger (EVGT) that propels the vehicle in a linear order across any tarmac. Loaded with all these innovative mechanisms, the CRDi engine performs excellently. The engine behaves gently and remains cool whether its high acceleration or off-roading.
Ed's take: The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and all other jazz in the music system. This is the first Hyundai to get a touchscreen system. We wish that the screen of the screen was a little bigger.
Hyundai India has made sure that Santa Fe doesn’t lack in any segment. Even on the infotainment front, the car maker has blessed the SUV with all that, which should be present here. Hyundai Santa Fe has been well-equipped with superior multimedia system that comprises of 6-CD changer MP3 player that also have USB, AUX in and iPod connectivity . There are 6-speakers, which are spread very evenly to provide awesome music experience. This music system consists of amplifier, woofer and tweeters; this ultimate configuration in the Hyundai Santa Fe turns the cabin into a fantastic music zone making your long road trips truly amazing. The driver can also operate the audio system through the mounted audio controls, easily, while the passenger in the front will have to bend forward to play his/her favorite song. This massive SUV from Hyundai, sports very amazing and impressive a dual zone automatic temperature control system, which has well-placed AC vents. These are not only fixed at the dashboard but also at the second and third row and there are independent AC controls for the occupants in the 3rd row. The sporty Hyundai Santa Fe has also been blessed with cluster ionizer, which is an in-built system that works to keep air quality cleaner as well as prevent bacterial growth in the cabin.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is fitted with very chic and stylish alloy wheels. The 5-spoke alloy wheels present here are 18 inches . These wheels offer a very sporty and sleek look to the car. The tyre size of these alloy wheels is 235/60 R18 standard for both the variants. The tubeless radial tyres offer tension free and puncture resistant drive. These big sized tyres are of great help in controlling the Santa Fe from off-roading and also diminish the skidding rate in case of slippery and watery roads. The Santa Fe tyres have a silica-based rubber compound that promises excellent grip on wet surfaces, reducing rolling resistance for improved mileage.
Ed's take: The handling of the Santa Fe is probably the best amongst all the Hyundais currently sold in India. It even has ESP as your guardian angel.
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been endowed with an outstanding braking system . The braking system comprises of dual diagonal split circuit power assisted with ABS and EBD. The front wheels of Hyundai Santa Fe have ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels have solid discs brakes. The other advanced features that make the handling of Hyundai Santa Fe more convenient are ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), which make sure the wheel locking is averted in case of sudden braking ensuring that the vehicle never skids in case of hard braking on a wet or slippery road. The suspension system of this amazing SUV is very sound that proffers greater stability and control over the car. The front suspension is a McPherson strut type with coil spring and the rear suspension is a multi link type.
Ed's take: The Santa Fe gets ESP, ABS and multi-airbags in its safety feature list.
Safety is certainly the best feature of Hyundai Santa Fe. This exclusive SUV is a very safe car, which has been equipped with both active and passive safety features. The advanced safeguards in Hyundai Santa Fe comprise of a tension free drive with greater peace of mind. The SUV is packed with six standard airbags i.e. dual front airbags and side curtain airbags. The presence of a rollover sensor to the side curtain airbags make sure to provide more safety to the passengers. The top end Hyundai Santa Fe variant has been blessed with Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The NHTSA survey proves that SUVs equipped with ESP experience 63 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes. Furthermore, Hyundai’s Santa Fe has a very sound and dynamic braking system with front and rear disc brake as standard fitments as mentioned before as well. Apart from this, to ensure more safety, the car comes with a four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist. The ABS prevents wheel locking in case of abrupt braking. Brake Assist is a technology that provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected.
The Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is also present in Santa Fe, which automatically equalises the braking force to the front and rear axles, based on the vehicle loading conditions. The active head restraints helps to prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant’s head and the head restraint during a rear collision. besides these, miscellaneous safety features such as door ajar warning, anti-theft alarm system, seat belts for all, lumbar support, electronically operated ORVMs, day and night rear view mirror, central locking system, seat belt warning, front and side impact beams, keyless entry, engine check warning, crash sensor and engine immobiliser comes as standard features.
For smooth and better handling purposes, Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t a disappointment at all. This SUV has been loaded with much-needed SUV technologies; it has got tilt and telescopic power steering that enables the driver to handle the vehicle comfortably. The higher end variant is offered with the cruise control option that helps to maintain a constant speed.
Hyundai Santa Fe Pros :
1. Arresting new look for the exteriors.
2. Innovative new comfort aspects.
3. Ground clearance and wheelbase is very good.
4. Interiors are very spacious.
5. Improved engine performance.
Hyundai Santa Fe Cons :
1. Initial cost of ownership is too high.
2. Fuel efficiency can be improved.
3. Safety aspects of the base trim are not up to the mark.
4. Interior design can be more attractive.
5. Difficult to handle in heavy traffic conditions.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.33||14.66||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|10.0||13.01||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|8.35||11.72||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
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