Owners of the top-of-the-range CDX+ versions will want for little, thanks to an all-embracing luxury specification. The on-board entertainment package provides both a premium hi-fi and a multimedia DVD package, ensuring no journey need ever be tedious again. The 10 speaker Infinity sound system features Logic 7 surround sound and an in-dash six-disc autochanger. Those in the back can enjoy the latest movies on DVD via a roof-mounted screen. The system is also compatible with Playstation and X-Box consoles.
Building on the CDX specification, the CDX+ also introduces Smartnav satellite navigation, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, a handy cool box in the centre console and electric adjustment for the passenger seat.
Incredibly these exceptional features add just £800 to the price tag, compared to equivalent CDX versions of the Santa Fe.
Engines and Transmissions
Hyundai’s advances in achieving premium quality and refinement are clearly witnessed in the powertrains engineered for the new Santa Fe. They deliver smooth performance with rugged reliability and good fuel economy.
Two power units are available: a new high-performance 148 bhp (150 PS) 2.2 litre VGT common rail diesel and a revised version of Hyundai’s renowned 2.7 litre V6 petrol engine, with power increased to a mighty 186 bhp (189 PS).
The 2.2 litre VGT common rail diesel engine is new to the Santa Fe in the UK and uses Hyundai’s cutting edge Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) technology for smoother power delivery, strong fuel economy at all engine speeds and better all-round dynamic performance. The high pressure common rail injection system improves response and control and also reduces engine noise and vibration levels.
Hyundai focused on reducing friction wherever possible to raise engine efficiency and smoothness, achieving significant advances by including a new low friction balancer shaft.
The four-cylinder 2.2 litre VGT diesel delivers a maximum 148 bhp (150 PS) at 4,000 rpm, but its character is defined by its prodigious torque, with a maximum 335 Nm (247 lb ft) available all the way from 1,800 to 2,500 rpm, ensuring exceptional pulling power. In terms of performance, it makes a quantum leap from the 2.0 litre diesel unit featured in the current Santa Fe with 0-62 mph despatched in just 11.6 seconds (12.9 automatic) and a maximum speed of 111 mph.
In spite of its strong performance credentials, the new diesel engine marks only a modest increase in carbon dioxide emissions compared to its 2.0 litre predecessor, with manual versions emitting 193 g/km. Likewise, fuel consumption is very respectable, with 38.7 mpg returned by manual models on the Combined Cycle.
The 2.7 litre V6 has always been a sparkling performer, but now brings more power to the Santa Fe than ever before. Equipped with Constantly Variable Valve Technology (CVVT), it enjoys a power hike from 170 to 186 bhp (189 PS), with maximum torque of 248 Nm (183 lb ft). This translates into 0-62 mph in 11.7 seconds and a top speed of 111 mph, with combined cycle fuel consumption of 26.6 mpg and CO2 emissions cut to 252 g/km.
With the 2.2 litre diesel engine, customers can choose from five-speed manual or newly developed five-speed automatic transmissions, while the V6 petrol is offered exclusively with a four-speed automatic gearbox.
The manual transmission adopts triple cone technology, which makes the unit more compact and provides quieter and more precise gearshifts. The new five speed automatic system has an ultra-flat torque converter with computer optimised blades and operates at a pressure calculated to promote operation that’s more responsive to driving demands.
Both transmissions contribute to the new Santa Fe’s all-round improvement in performance, more positive driving feel and lower noise and vibration levels.