While the five seat model will build on the enviable reputation of the existing Santa Fe, it is anticipated that the seven seat model, with its slick-operating, split-folding third row seats will make the biggest impact.
Capable of carrying seven passengers in total comfort, the seven seat all-new Santa Fe crosses the boundary between full-size people carrier and Sports Utility Vehicle to offer supreme practicality and ‘go anywhere’ capability.
Thanks to strong engines, a sophisticated suspension set-up, including self-levelling rear suspension on seven seat variants, and an array of active safety features designed to enhance the driving experience, the new Santa Fe can perform with as much sporting prowess on the road as any car owner could wish for.
Ensuring the widest possible customer choice, Hyundai is offering every model in the Santa Fe range with the option of seven seats, at a premium of just £600 over the equivalent five-seat version (£625 for entry-level five-seat GSI).
Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, Tony Whitehorn, said: "Hyundai has to date claimed a significant portion of the UK and European SUV market with its Santa Fe, Tucson and Terracan 4x4 models.
"With the new Santa Fe being so stylish and capable, and especially in light of the introduction of the seven seat model, we are confident that it will make a significant contribution to Hyundai increasing its SUV market share.
"The new Santa Fe provides car buyers with what we call ‘accessible quality’ across the range, from its practicality and personality, desirability and driveability, to its further improved refinement and reliability."
Exterior Design and Styling
Bigger all-round, the new Santa Fe clearly broadcasts Hyundai’s determination for its future models to appeal much more to the customer’s heart and soul.
At 1,725mm tall, (1,795mm including the roof rack standard on all UK Cars) new Santa Fe is 50mm taller than the outgoing model, it has grown in girth by 45mm to 1,890mm and, crucially for the clever stowable seven seat layout, it is 150mm longer at 4,650mm (CDX and CDX+ models featuring the two-tone bumper are 175mm longer overall at 4,675mm).
The greater overall length and wheelbase (increased by 175 and 80mm respectively) have enabled Hyundai to engineer a third row of seats that can easily be folded down for extra luggage space when not required.
International, contemporary styling has ensured it has grown into its new skin, with taut, attractive lines. And although engineered to be robust and rugged, its design is far from utilitarian: the bold wheel arches and coherent front and rear end treatments are strong on style and street presence.