Hyundai Santa Fe (2013)
Hyundai Santa Fe (2013)

This is the new generation Hyundai Santa Fe which is coming to the UK late 2012.

We were impressed with the current model in our Hyundai Santa Fe review of 2007 and so have many owners. The new model will bring the Santa Fe up to date with the introduction of HID Xenon headlights and adaptive cruise control, which are becoming more common across the ‘D’ segment SUV line-up.

Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Line-up

At the launch there will be three powertrain options, two diesels and one petrol engine.

The two Diesel engines - are a new Euro 6- compliant 2.0-litre ‘R’ VGT diesel engine which produces 150ps/382Nm and outputs155 g/km of CO2. And the existing 2.2-litre diesel (200ps/431Nm) unit has been tuned for greater efficiency, with CO2 emissions of 145g/km.

The petrol engine – is a ‘Theta II’ 2.4-litre GDI engine which produces 193ps and delivers 245Nm of torque at 4250rpm.

The 2.4-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engine are available with either the manual or automatic transmission.  The 2.0-litre diesel engine is fitted with the six-speed manual as standard.


There is the option of a front wheel drive (2WD) only model, the majority of Santa Fe owners will opt for all-wheel-drive (4WD). The all-wheel-drive is delivered by an on-demand system which overrides the usual front-wheel-drive only when truly necessary. Sensors detect a loss of grip at the front wheels, power is automatically redistributed between the front and rear axles.  The default power distribution is 100% to the front wheels, with automatic and continuous variation when slippery conditions are encountered up to 50% front / 50% rear.

For especially slippery conditions, such as muddy off-roading or driving on snow or ice, four-wheel-drive can be selected with the push of the ‘lock’ button, delivering a 50/50 power split at speeds up to 24mph.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been tuned for our European driving styles and roads – which includes modifications to the steering, suspension and brakes, as well as changes to the car’s set-up to aid to high-speed stability and towing ability.

Hyundai Santa Fe Equipment

Equipment levels have been revised - the third-generation Santa Fe is available with radar-controlled, adaptive cruise control.  Light and rain-detecting lights and wipers, which turn on when the conditions require.

The front seats are electric and the driver’s seat has a memory function to adapt to different drivers’ preferred positions.  The second row of seats slides and folds with a one-touch control, giving passengers quick and easy access to the optional third-row seats (where fitted).

Front and second-row legroom have been increased – by 38mm and 45mm respectively – over the last-generation car, while a long, wide, single-frame panoramic sunroof allows natural light into the cabin.  Luggage space has been increased by 37mm in depth over the previous generation model, yielding 534 litres with the front five seats upright.

When reversing, the tailgate-mounted camera automatically displays a clear, convex view of the area behind the car on the 7-inch screen.  The wide-angle view is low enough to enable the driver to avoid low obstacles and children. There will even be Smart Parking Assist System to help drivers access even the tightest of spaces.

An optional 220 Volt power socket can provide direct power to appliances including laptops, printers and vacuum cleaners.  Located in the boot, the socket can power equipment rated up to 200 Watts without a specific invertor.

The new Santa Fe will come with Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care – comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.

Published : 05/04/12 Author : Staff

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