Hyundai Santa Fe

ESP, fitted as standard to CDX and CDX+ versions, uses a network of sensors to monitor different aspects of vehicle behaviour, such as deceleration, power input, yaw rates and wheel slippage. If it detects the driver is in danger of losing control of the vehicle, for example the onset of a skid through too much oversteer or understeer through a bend, it automatically intervenes, regulating power and braking to maintain stability.

All versions of the new Santa Fe are fitted with six airbags, (eight in the seven seat models) with driver and front passenger front airbags (the passenger airbag is now fitted with a cut-off switch), front side airbags and roof curtain airbags. On seven seat models the roof airbags extend through to the third row seats. Three point seatbelts are provided on all seats and, on higher-grade models, active head restraints are provided for enhanced protection against whiplash injuries.

Features and Equipment

Hyundai has designed an impressive equipment list for the new Santa Fe, which even from entry-level provides a superb range of safety, comfort and convenience features.

Security has also been improved with all models featuring an immobiliser, deadlocks and remote central locking, with the addition of locking wheel nuts on alloys.

Worth noting, is that all UK Santa Fe models will feature roof rails with crossbars - i.e. a roof rack – as standard. This raises the overall height of the vehicle by 70mm.


Starting point is the GSI, which comes equipped with a full complement of front, side and roof curtain airbags and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). It rides on bold 17-inch alloy wheels and has a host of quality exterior details including front fog lights, roof rails with a crossbar, body colour matched door handles and (electrically adjustable) mirrors and twin exhaust pipes. The remote central locking, alarm and immobiliser provide excellent security, while anyone suffering a puncture will be pleased to know a full size spare is provided rather than a space-saver.

Key features of the interior include air-conditioning, a factory-fit sound system with CD player, electric windows and height adjustable telescopic steering wheel. A wood grain finish on the dashboard adds to the high quality ambience.


The CDX builds on this specification with more sophisticated features that reinforce the new Santa Fe’s premium segment appeal. The comfort of all on board is addressed with dual zone climate control (with independent controls for third row passengers in the seven seat versions), 2-stage heated front seats and a full leather interior. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and on those frosty mornings, a front screen wiper de-icer further aids rapid clearing.

An upgraded seven-speaker sound system is standard, featuring a six-disc CD autochanger and additional audio controls on the steering wheel. Cruise control and an auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass are also provided.

Enhanced safety and handling features on the CDX models include the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and active head restraints. Larger, 18-inch alloys and a rear spoiler add to the Santa Fe’s bold but stylish road presence.

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Published : 16/04/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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