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 Santa Fe is one of the most stylish sports utility vehicle available in the market today. It is available in three variants with a 2.2-litre diesel engine as standard. This mill is based on a DOHC valve configuration and available with a six speed manual and automatic transmission options for the buyers to choose from. This commanding motor is capable of delivering a maximum power of 194.3bhp at 3800rpm. Its suspension is quite proficient that assists in keeping the vehicle stable. The braking system is also reliable, which is further enhanced by anti-lock braking system. This SUV is blessed with a plush internal cabin that looks elegant in a dual tone color scheme. It has well cushioned seats are wide and covered with premium leather upholstery. There are air vents available in the second and third row seats, which enhances the comfort level of its rear passengers. The company has used fine quality leather to wrap its four spoke multi functional steering wheel as well as the gear shift knob. The doors handles inside have metal finishing that further adds a classy look. The dashboard is neatly designed and includes a glove box with illumination, instrument cluster and a center console. There is an advanced music system available that features an MP3 player, USB and AUX-In sockets. The driver's seat can be adjustable in twelve ways, while the rear seats are foldable. The controls of audio system are mounted on its steering wheel. In addition to these, this vehicle includes a dual zone fully automatic temperature with climate control options, rear manual curtains, cruise control button and sun glass holder. On the other hand, it has a long list of safety aspects. Some of these include seat belt warning notification in the instrument panel, engine immobilizer for enhanced protection of the vehicle, electronic stability program, dual front and side curtain airbags and a crash sensor as well. This robust vehicle has an attractive body design and is equipped with many aspects that gives it a striking overall appearance. The front facade has a chrome radiator grille that is neatly embossed with a prominent logo of the company. It is flanked by a trendy headlight cluster that features projector headlamps. Besides these, its frontage includes a body colored bumper and a couple of fog lamps. The side profile has an eye catching appearance with aspects like wheel arches fitted a pair of alloy wheels, body colored outer rear view mirrors and pull type door handles. All the trims in this model lineup are available with a full size spare wheel. The rear end is designed with a body colored bumper, large boot lid, windscreen with defogger and a rear spoiler. This is presently available in five exciting color options for the customers to choose from. It receives major competition from Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Fortuner and Honda CR V in the car market. This vehicle is offered with a standard warranty of three years or 1,00,000 kilometers whichever is earlier and this period can be extended at an additional cost.
The outer appearance of this Hyundai Santa Fe SUV is quite attractive. Its strong and aerodynamic body structure is fitted wit a number of modified external aspects that adds to its overall appearance. To start with the front fascia, it looks quite aggressive with features like a bold radiator grille and a stylish headlight cluster. This grille is treated with a lot of chrome and it further includes an insignia of the company, which is neatly embossed at the center. The sleek bonnet looks attractive with visible character lines on it. Furthermore, it has a large windscreen that is equipped with a couple of intermittent wipers. The headlight cluster is in a trendy design and integrated with high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps that have washer function as well. It has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air intake section that cools the powerful engine quickly. Other aspects like a couple of fog lamps and LED positioning lamps that gives a complete look to its frontage. This vehicle has an attractively designed side profile that features chrome door handles and an elegant set of alloy wheels. It also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors that are integrated with side turn indicators. There are also roof rails available with black color finishing that gives it a sporty appearance. The rear end has a large boot lid that further includes the company's emblem engraved on it. The radiant tail light cluster is in stylish design and features LED tail lamps. The wide windshield comes with a defogger and has wash as well as wipe function. It has a sporty rear spoiler that is fitted with a high mounted stop lamps, which not only adds to its appearance but also enhances the safety. The rear body colored bumper is integrated with a couple of bright fog lamps, while the dual exhaust pipes are treated with chrome. The sleek roof top is mounted with an antenna that ensures better reception of radio signals. In addition to these, it has front and rear skid plates, door scuff plates with metallic insert and chrome finished window sill.
This muscular sports utility vehicle is designed with an overall length of 4690mm along with a decent width of 1880mm. It has a total height of 1690mm along with its roof rails. The wheelbase of 2700mm is rather impressive and offers enough leg room inside the cabin. It has a minimum ground clearance of 185mm, whereas its front and rear track measures 1628mm and 1639mm respectively. It has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold about 64 litres of diesel in it.
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 insides are quite spacious and done up in a dual tone color scheme. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with leather upholstery. These seats provide ample leg and shoulder space for all occupants. Its second and third row seats are split foldable. The smooth dashboard is equipped with a few aspects like an advanced instrument panel with lots of functions, a multi-functional steering wheel, AC vents and an illuminated glove box with cooling effect. The company has bestowed this utility vehicle a lot of practical features, which are puddle lamps, rear center arm rest with cup holders, MT shift indicator (for manual variant), mood lamps, automatic headlamp leveling device, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, sun glass holder, anti glare inside rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers, active ECO mode and smart key with push button start. It has a tilt adjustable power steering system, which is quite responsive and makes handling convenient even in heavy traffic conditions. Then it has chrome treated inside door handles, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, which gives the internal cabin a decent look.
This latest version of Hyundai Santa Fe is incorporated with a lot of innovative comfort features, which makes this SUV quite luxurious. The list includes 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat, rear manual curtains, pocket lighting front, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, auto foldable outside rear view mirrors and front center armrest with storage box. It has an advanced stereo unit that is equipped with CD/ MP3 player, USB, Aux-in port along with six speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. It is being offered with direct controls of audio and calls, which are mounted on a multi-functional steering wheel. The cruise control buttons are also integrated on this steering wheel, which maintains a specific speed on the highways. One of the most important feature is an efficient dual zone air conditioning system, which has fully automatic temperature control function and rear AC vents. It is also equipped with cluster ionizer for purifying the cabin air. The advanced supervision cluster is integrated with a lot of functions including a low fuel warning light, driver seat belt reminder notification, an electronic tripmeter, a tachometer, a digital clock, external temperature display, digital odometer and many other warning and notifications for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it also has a couple of power outlets both in front and rear for charging accessories like mobiles, i-Pod and other electronic devices.
The seating arrangement is very comfortable and can accommodate five passengers with ease. It has a large wheelbase of 2700mm, which ensures ample leg space along with head and shoulder room to all the passengers. The luggage compartment capacity is about 516 litres, which can be further increased by folding the rear seat.
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.
This vehicle is incorporated with a four cylinder based diesel mill that is available with both six speed manual as well as automatic transmission gear box. The trims with manual gear box are capable of achieving a top speed of 180 Kmph, which is rather impressive. At the same time, it can break the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill in nearly 9.8 seconds. While the automatic variants can consume about 11.5 seconds to cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph, which is quite good.
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.
This SUV is powered by a powerful 2.2-litre diesel motor, which has the ability to deliver a good power output and fuel efficiency at the same time. It is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This 2199cc diesel engine can produce 194.3bhp of maximum power at 3800rpm along with 420.7Nm of peak torque between 1800 to 2500rpm that is quite good for this segment. The 2WD MT variant is skilfully coupled with a six speed manual transmission gear box, which distributes the engine power to its front wheels. While the engine of 2WD AT and 4WD AT trims are cleverly mated with a H-Matic six speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its all wheels.
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.
This powerful diesel engine is integrated with a common rail direct injection system. Its automatic version is capable of delivering a maximum mileage of 14.6 Kmpl, when driven on highways and gives about 11.3 Kmpl in city traffic conditions. Whereas the trims with manual transmission gear box can produce a mileage of about 8.35 Kmpl within the city and 11.72 Kmpl on expressways.
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.
This DOHC based diesel power plant has the ability of generating a maximum power of 194.3bhp at 3800rpm and yields a peak torque output of 420.7Nm in the range of 1800 to 2500rpm. The maximum torque output in automatic trims comes to 436.39Nm that ranges between 1800 to 2500rpm.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.33||14.66||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|10.0||13.01||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|10.0||13.01||194.3bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
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.
This Hyundai Santa Fe SUV series is equipped with a sophisticated music system with touchscreen display and six speakers. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones. This music system supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface and Aux-in port. The controls of this audio unit are mounted on the leather wrapped steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient for the driver. In addition to these, the owners can also customize it with some additional features like auxiliary cable, i-Pad holder, DVD entertainment, scuff plates, cargo liner, portable cooler, dash and floor mats. Apart from these, exteriors can decorated with headlight and bonnet protectors, splash guards, hood air deflector, fog light kit, door visors, rear spoiler and many other such aspects.
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 front wheels of this Hyundai Santa Fe model series are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels get solid drum brakes. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. The 4WD AT trim is also equipped with hill start assist along with down hill brake control function . On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while its rear is fitted with a multi-link type of mechanism. The high end trim is bestowed with electronic and vehicle stability management function. It has a power steering with flex steering function, which helps in customizing the steering wheel according to the driving style of the person. Then the advanced traction cornering control system distributes the driving force braking power to all four wheels.
Ed's take: The Santa Fe gets ESP, ABS and multi-airbags in its safety feature list.
The car manufacturer has bestowed this luxurious SUV with a lot of protective aspects for giving the occupants a stress free driving experience. The entry level and mid range variants have dual front airbags only, while top end trim gets side and curtain airbags for better protection in case of any crash. The advanced engine immobilizer prevents the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry . It has three point seat belts for all passengers wherein front seat gets height adjustable belt and it also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. Apart from these, it has shift locking system, impact sensing auto door lock and unlock function, central locking system, child seat anchor, folding key, rear view camera along with parking sensors. It also has ABS along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist system, which enhances the braking mechanism of the vehicle. The top end variant is also equipped with electronic stability vehicle stability management control, hill start assist and downhill brake control with rollover sensor.
The flared up wheel arches are equipped with an elegant set of 18 inch alloy wheels , which gives the side profile a sporty appearance. These rims are further covered with 235/60 R18 sized 'puncture resistant' tubeless radial tyres. These big sized tyres help in controlling the vehicle on slippery roads. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre and it is a standard feature across all variants.
1. Spacious internal cabin with innovative comfort aspects.
2. Decent ground clearance.
3. Arresting new look for the exteriors.
4. Reliable engine performance.
5. After sales service network is quite good.
1. Safety aspects of the base trim are not up to the mark.
2. Fuel efficiency can be improved.
3. Interior design can be more attractive.
4. Slightly difficult to handle in heavy traffic conditions.
5. Initial cost of ownership is too high.
|2WD MT |
|26,84,080||27,30,096||28,12,511||27,29,762||27,85,126||27,30,097||27,57,140||Get On Road Price|
|2WD AT |
|28,05,799||28,53,981||29,40,123||28,53,298||29,11,502||28,53,981||28,82,208||Get On Road Price|
|4WD AT |
|30,15,801||30,67,711||31,60,284||30,67,090||31,29,530||30,67,712||30,97,984||Get On Road Price|
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