Hyundai’s all-new Santa Fe: A compelling new contender in SA’s SUV segment
The all-new, third generation Hyundai Santa Fe with striking styling and luxury and performance features that are bound to make it a compelling and very popular contender in the large SUV segment, has arrived in South Africa.
The top-end SUV in Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s local model range enters our market in three derivatives with a choice of features, drivetrains and, ultimately, prices that will suit the savviest customers’ preferences.
Buyers in this premium segment is given a choice between the front-wheel drive Santa Fe Premium and the two all-wheel drive derivatives – the Executive and the Elite. When carrying more passengers is a priority, the Executive and Elite with their third row of seats that fold away into the cargo floor in the rear, offers another option to make it an even more versatile vehicle.
Stylish, spacious and comfortable, the all-new Santa Fe is loaded with features. Fuel-efficient and advanced at every level, Hyundai brings new energy and a very attractive alternative into South Africa’s SUV market with this next-generation vehicle.
The all-new Santa Fe displays Hyundai’s cutting-edge capabilities through its “Fluidic Sculpture” design, impressive fuel economy and a host of standard features that add functionality and comfort.
The third generation of Santa Fe is designed to be manageable in a city environment, with flexible seating arrangements and clever use of internal space. It is also the ultimate leisure vehicle, with high ground clearance, the all-wheel drive system in the Executive and Elite, and a frugal, efficient turbodiesel engine that make long trips on the variety of South African roads a pleasure.
This great practicality is wrapped in a thoroughly modern design, with clever technologies and premium materials that make a clear statement of intent in today’s urban environment, and are all in line with the “Modern Premium” approach that is Hyundai’s new brand direction.
Hyundai Santa Fe Style
Building on Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy, the exterior of the all-new Santa Fe invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through the model’s unique “Storm Edge” styling, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm.
The futuristic design, with its bold hexagonal front grille, lets people know immediately that the all-new Santa Fe is part of the Hyundai family.
The external surfaces are fluid and dynamic, with exceptional finesse and detailing. A rising belt-line suggests movement and dynamism, whilst a bold rising shoulder line behind the rear door handles conveys strength and authority.
The exterior is highlighted with a number of highly technical detail, such as rectangular lenses for the front Xenon headlights, LED side repeaters in the rear clusters, and gloss black finishing on the door frames and pillars, reminiscent of the treatment found on luxury saloons.
At the rear, detailing includes a sporty twin muffler with double exhaust tips, a diffuser style moulding beneath the bumper, and an LED high-level brake light. Very attractive alloy wheels are standard – 17” rims are fitted to the Premium derivative, while the Executive comes with 18” and the Elite with 19” rims. A full alloy spare wheel is located under the cargo floor.
The interior design is equally bold and modern, in particular the dramatic 3D sculptural treatment of the dashboard, centre console and eye-catching steering wheel, which is adjustable for rake and reach. All of this helps to create an on-board environment similar to that of a luxury modern sedan.
Information is displayed on an advanced TFT LCD instrument cluster housed in a sporty cylindrical shell, and there is also an information screen. Satin or high gloss chrome accents and high gloss finishes highlight the premium nature of the interior, with its leather upholstery.
Hyundai Santa Fe Practicality and many comfort features
The all-new Santa Fe manages to combine cutting-edge modern style with class-leading standards of comfort and practicality, making it an ideal family car. And in line with Hyundai’s “Modern Premium” brand direction, the car exudes a sense of quality and luxury that will impress anyone who gets up close to it.
Longer and wider than the previous generation model, the all-new Santa Fe provides outstanding legroom and increased headroom in the first row. Seating convenience is improved by lowering hip point and ground clearance, while doors that extend to the bottom of the sills make access easier.
Seating arrangements are particularly versatile. A 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat is a feature unique to the Elite derivative. Reminiscent of the type of seats typically found in large luxury SUVs, the second row can be slid back or forwards for added convenience, and can also be reclined and split fold for extra carrying capacity.
Boot space in the all-new Santa Fe is 1 003 litres in the Premium 5-seater, and 994 litres in the 7-seater Executive and Elite. A new centre console storage box, deep door pockets and a sizable lockable glove box contribute to the overall storage space in the new Santa Fe. Remote folding of the second row seats simplifies the conversion of the interior luggage space for carrying large and bulky items like pushchairs and bicycles.
When it comes to comfort, staying cool on hot days is essential in South Africa. All models come with Dual Zone Climate Control, with a switch to activate the air conditioner for the second- and third-row passengers. A glove box cooler also keeps contents chilled.
The flagship Elite model features a tiny video camera that assists the driver when reversing or parking by showing in the rear-view mirror what is going on behind the car.
Among the many neat touches that highlight the premium nature of the all-new Santa Fe are automatic electric folding mirrors, an automatic rain sensor with speed-sensitive windscreen wipers, and the full-length panoramic sunroof that is standard in the Elite. Letting in even more light than conventional panoramic sunroofs, the Santa Fe’s sunroof eliminates the centre beam and installs motor-driven roller blinds.
The all-new Santa Fe offers a superb audio system with four speakers and two tweeters. The system with its radio and CD player includes ports for AUX cables, iPod and a USB connection for the use of various music and audio sources. The audio system can be operated via the steering wheel remote controls.
For ease of travelling on the open road, cruise speed control can also be set via buttons on the steering wheel.
Hyundai Santa Fe High-performance turbodiesel engine
The all-new Santa Fe is equipped with a smooth, quiet and efficient 2,2 litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel. This powerplant, used for all three derivatives, features an advanced third-generation common-rail fuel injection system and a high-efficiency electronic turbocharger.
The 16-valve R2.2 engine with double overhead camshafts delivers 145 kW at its peak power output at
3 800 r/min., and loads of torque that reach its maximum of 436 Nm when the engine runs between
1 800 and 2 500 r/min.
Fuel consumption figures of 8 litres/100 km for the Premium FWD and 8,3 litres/100 km for the AWD Executive and Elite derivatives have been recorded in combined European testing cycles.
The turbodiesel delivers its power to the wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic 6-speed transmission that offers the option of manual shift control.
The all-wheel drive system in the Executive and Elite delivers power through the front wheels under normal road conditions for optimum economy and fuel efficiency, but engages the rear wheels automatically when conditions demand it. It also features a 4WD lock mode selector that distributes power in a 50:50 ratio to front and rear wheels for increased off-road ability, while automatically switching to “Auto” mode to protect the drive system when the vehicle speed increases to 40 km/h.
Hyundai Santa Fe Flex Steer for enjoyable driving
A Flex Steer system offers three steering modes that are selectable via a switch on the steering wheel, enabling the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport according to road conditions.
Suspension is by Macpherson struts at the front, and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Dynamic dampers deliver saloon car-like levels of comfort and control, whilst the Flex Steer system offers improved precision and feel.
All AWD Santa Fes have an intelligent control unit that continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller, and through a multi-clutch plate distributes torque to any single wheel at a time. The coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation system. Braking force can also be sent to any single wheel at a time via the software. These processes are known as torque vectoring and torque braking. All this analysis is completely transparent to the driver.
Hyundai Santa Fe Safety and security
With the all-new Santa Fe, Hyundai continues to build on its reputation for creating some of the safest
vehicles in the market. Cutting-edge preventive safety systems offer optimal driving stability and require minimum effort from the driver, yet deliver maximum results on virtually any road condition.
The application of these safety systems and technologies has earned the all-new Santa Fe a full house of five stars in the stringent test regimen of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The all-new architecture of the Santa Fe incorporates a new design that increases high tensile steel application to improve torsional rigidity by 16%, and to improve vehicle weight and manage collision energy. High-strength steel also allows the suspension to work optimally and reduce weight. In addition, anti-corrosion steel was applied to 70% of the outer frame and floor structure.
New hot stamping and roll-forming methods have also been applied to impact members that provide added strength, reduce the number of body parts and make the architecture lighter. The amount of structural adhesives has also been increased significantly for improved body rigidity and durability.
A wide range of active safety technologies are also deployed in the new Santa Fe, helping the driver at all times and providing maximum protection in an accident.
Active safety systems include Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to help the driver maintain control over the car in an emergency. The Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system, standard in all derivatives, is capable of detecting an incline – the brakes are then automatically applied to prevent dangerous rollback. The Downhill Brake Control (DBC) that helps vehicle control during steep forward movement complements this.
On slippery roads, the Traction Control System (TCS) prevents the wheel from spinning in an uncontrolled manner, while the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) is also standard equipment and prevents asymmetrical braking by applying braking force to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter overseer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer. VSM promotes stable car maneuvering and optimal safety during potential skidding situations.
In terms of passive safety, the Santa Fe is fitted with six air bags – one each for the driver and front passenger, and side impact and curtain airbags. All car occupants are protected by 3-point inertia reel seatbelts.
For security, all models are equipped with an alarm and transponder immobiliser. The remote keyless entry is a feature on all the derivatives, while the Executive and Elite offers a Smart Key with push-button start.
Two other features that make the Santa Fe a very secure vehicle are central locking and the auto-locking doors that are activated at a speed of 15 km/h.
Hyundai Santa Fe Useful technologies
Always innovative, Hyundai has equipped the all-new Santa Fe with numerous control and convenience systems.
The Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) is available on the Elite derivative and frees up interior space while improving convenience. The EPB also works with Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH) to provide greater control at traffic lights and when pulling away on an incline.
Ever helpful in urban driving conditions, the Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS) uses ultrasonic sensors to determine the proximity of vehicles or objects behind, while a rear view camera creates enhanced visibility.
Hyundai Santa Fe Warranty and service plan
Hyundai has earned a reputation in South Africa for setting a vehicle warranty benchmark. The new Santa Fe also boasts Hyundai’s 5 year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, plus a 5 year /150 000 km roadside assistance and a 5 year/90 000 km service contract. Service intervals are 15 000 km.
Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing in South Africa
The prices of the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe range are:
Santa Fe R2.2 Premium FWD 5-seater – R434 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Executive AWD 7-seater – R459 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Elite AWD 7-seater – R499 900