Hyundai Motors is a South Korea based automobile manufacturer, which has some of the most luxuriant cars in its stable. Their vehicles have an outstanding design and refined technologies. Among its fantastic fleet, Hyundai Santa Fe is one of their elegant SUV series, which is being sold in three trim levels in the Indian car market. The company has now added a new infotainment system to this model series, which adds to the entertainment quotient of this fantastic utility vehicle. It is now available with a brand new 8-inch touchscreen display. As per the news, it has innovative features like flexibility of DVD and USB inputs, Bluetooth streaming, voice recognition and a total of six speakers. Apart from these, it also has Sat-Nav system with pre-loaded maps and certainly bigger screen for better experience. This vehicle is available in both manual and automatic transmission options for the buyers to choose from. The company is selling this model series with a 2.2-litre diesel engine as standard, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2199cc. This mill is based on a DOHC valve configuration and is capable of delivering a maximum power of 194.3bhp along with a commanding torque output. Its suspension is quite proficient that assists in keeping the vehicle stable. The braking system is also reliable and it is further enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. In the Indian car market, this sports utility vehicle is a tough competitor of Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Fortuner, New Skoda Yeti, Isuzu MU7, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and Honda CR V.
The manufacturer has blessed this vehicle with an attractive exteriors along with a spacious internal cabin, which is incorporated with a number of sophisticated features. Its internal section is blessed with a plush internal cabin that looks elegant in a dual tone color scheme. In terms of seating, it has well cushioned seats that 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. Apart from these, it has a long list of safety aspects, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. Some of these include seat belt warning notification in the instrument panel, an advanced engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from any unauthorized entry, electronic stability program, dual front and side curtain airbags, crash sensor and so on.
On the other hand, it has a robust body design and is equipped with many styling aspects that give it a striking overall appearance. Its 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. 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 is being offered with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, this period can be extend at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
The outer appearance of this Hyundai Santa Fe sports utility vehicle is quite attractive. Its strong and rugged body structure is fitted with a number of external aspects that adds to its overall appearance. Starting 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 embedded with an insignia of the company in the center. The sleek bonnet looks quite attractive with a couple of visible character lines on it. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. It is accompanied by a black protective cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This air dam is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps along with LED positioning lamp that adds to the visibility. Furthermore, it has a large windscreen that is made up of toughened laminated glass and 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. This vehicle has an attractively designed side profile that features chrome plated door handles body colored outside rear view mirrors. Its ORVMs are electrically adjustable and are integrated with LED side turn indicators. There are also roof rails available with black color finishing that gives it a sporty appearance. The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a modish set of alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The rear end has a large boot lid that further includes the company's emblem engraved on it and a thick chrome strip. Its radiant tail light cluster is in stylish design and features LED based reverse and brake lights along with turn indicator. The wide windshield comes with a defogger along with wash and 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 quotient. The body colored bumper is integrated with a couple of bright fog lamps, while the dual exhaust pipes are treated with chrome. It is also accompanied by a silver cladding that prevents it from minor damages. The sleek roof top is mounted with an antenna that ensures better reception of FM radio signals. In addition to these, it is also equipped with illuminated door scuff plates with metallic insert and chrome finished window sill that adds to its elegance.
This muscular sports utility vehicle is designed with an overall length of 4690mm along with a decent width of 1880mm, which includes external rear view mirrors. It has a generous height of 1690mm along with its roof rails that ensures enough head space for all occupants. The large wheelbase measures about 2700mm that makes the cabin quite spacious. It has a minimum ground clearance of 185mm, which quite good for dealing with any terrains. Whereas its front track measures about 1628mm and rear track is about 1639mm. The steering wheel of this vehicle supports a minimum turning radius of 5.35 meters, which is quite good for this segment.
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 car maker has given this utility vehicle a lavish internal section, which is designed in dual tone color scheme and has used fine quality leather to wrap its four spoke multi functional steering wheel as well as the gear shift knob. Its inside doors handles and parking lever have chrome finishing that further adds a classy look. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with well cushioned seats that are covered with leather or fabric upholstery depending on the variants. The driver's seat can be adjustable in twelve ways, while the rear seats are foldable and comes with proper lumbar support. Its second and third row seats are split foldable, which helps in increasing the boot volume. The smooth dashboard is equipped with a few aspects like an advanced instrument panel with lots of functions, a multi-functional steering wheel with several control buttons, AC vents and an illuminated glove box with cooling effect. The company has bestowed this utility vehicle with 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, an inside rear view mirror with anti glare function, a pair of 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. 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.
For giving an enjoyable driving experience, this latest version of Hyundai Santa Fe is incorporated with a lot of innovative comfort features, which makes this SUV quite luxurious. It is bestowed with an advanced stereo unit that features CD/ MP3 player, USB interface, Aux-in port along with six speakers and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. 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 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 as set by the driver. 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 for cooling entire cabin in no time. 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. All these aspects put together makes this sports utility vehicle one of the most comfortable in its class.
It has a spacious internal cabin, which comes with comfortable seating arrangement 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 occupants. The luggage compartment capacity is about 516 litres, which can be further increased by folding the rear seat. It has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold about 64 litres of diesel in it and it is perfect for planning longer journeys.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
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 thrilling for the passengers sitting inside the cabin.
Engine and Performance
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.
Under the bonnet, this sports utility vehicle 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 four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This 2199cc diesel power plant 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 Indian road conditions. 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. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which enhances its mileage.
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, which enhances it fuel efficiency. 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 that is quite good for this class.
Power of Hyundai Santa Fe
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 that is quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions.
Stereo & Accessories
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 lavish and classy looking sports utility vehicle is now available with a sophisticated music system, which has an 8-inch touchscreen display. this infotainment system supports flexibility of both a DVD slot as well as a USB port, Bluetooth streaming, voice recognition and six speakers that enhances the ambiance of its internal cabin. Apart from these, it also has Sat-Nav system with pre-loaded maps and certainly bigger screen for better experience. It is also equipped with all the standard features like CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, Aux-in port and iPod connectivity. 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.
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Braking & Handling
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 car maker has given this vehicle a proficient braking mechanism, which is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. The front wheels of this Hyundai Santa Fe model series are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels get conventional set of solid drum brakes. The 4WD AT trim is equipped with hill start assist along with down hill brake control function also. 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 that adds to the driving comfort. The cabin is incorporated with 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. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.35 meters, which is rather good for this class. It comes with tilt and telescopic adjustable function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
Safety & Security
Ed's take: The Santa Fe gets ESP, ABS and multi-airbags in its safety feature list.
For a stress free driving experience, the car manufacturer has bestowed this luxurious utility vehicle with a lot of protective aspects. 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. It also has ISOFIX point. 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. This vehicle is equipped with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist system, which enhances the braking mechanism of the vehicle. The top end variant is also equipped with electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill start assist and downhill brake control with rollover sensor that adds to the safety quotient.
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 a lot of leg space and head room.
2. Decent ground clearance makes it capable for dealing with terrains.
3. Arresting new look for the exteriors adds to its advantage.
4. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
5. After sales service network is quite good.
1. Safety aspects of the base trim are not up to the mark.
2. Fuel efficiency is not up to the mark.
3. There is still scope of improving its interior design.
4. Slightly difficult to handle in heavy traffic conditions because of its size.
5. Initial cost of ownership is too high.
Hyundai Santa Fe price
|2WD MT |
|28.56 Lakh ||27.36 Lakh ||30.19 Lakh ||29.04 Lakh ||29.89 Lakh ||29.05 Lakh ||29.34 Lakh
|2WD AT |
|29.82 Lakh ||28.61 Lakh ||31.52 Lakh ||30.31 Lakh ||31.2 Lakh ||30.33 Lakh ||30.63 Lakh
|4WD AT |
|31.99 Lakh ||30.75 Lakh ||33.81 Lakh ||32.52 Lakh ||33.47 Lakh ||32.54 Lakh ||32.85 Lakh