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By Ketan Patel


Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 Review

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 has been unveiled at this year's New York Auto show and interestingly enough the third generation seems to have been heavily, or rather completely redesigned inside and out. New powertrains have been introduced, improvements have been made in the comfort department and more safety features have been added to Hyundai's latest CUV.

The new model also comes in two different variants, the basic model that comes with three rows of seats for seven passengers, and the Santa Fe Sport with two-rows and five-seats.

The Sport is a bit shorter than its counterpart but it's also lighter and gives a better driving feeling. Under its hood resides the 2.4 liter Theta II four-cylinder direct-injected unit that's also found in the Hyundai Sonata sedan. The unit delivers 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Manual and automatic transmission is available and with the automatic gearbox fuel economy is estimated at 33 mpg.

There's also a smaller yet more powerful engine for those interested, a 2.0 liter GDI turbo engine that will deliver 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency for the front-wheel drive version equipped with the automatic gearbox is rated at 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city.

In terms of aesthetics the new Santa Fe differentiate from its predecessors a mile away, but design changes are not the only changes brought to this newer model. The 2013 model has been built on a new architecture that is said to increase distortion rigidity by 16%.

New equipment and technologies include the Driver Selectable Steering Mode system that gives the driver the option of choosing between Comfort, Normal and Sport electronic power steering settings. Torque Vectoring Cornering Control is also included, tremendously increasing traction depending on the road condition and also helping the driver in corners. Other features include the Downhill Brake Control and Hillstart Assist Control, both systems being included as standard.

On the interior the CUV has been fitted with 7 airbags, a Blue Link infotainment system, a 4.3 inch display and air conditioning as standard. Optional extras include an 8-inch screen , dual-zone climate control and eight-way power driver's seat.

Pricing for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2013 has been recently revealed and in case you're interested in buying one, it will set you back $24,450. Just remember that you won't be able to find the Sport in dealerships until the beginning of 2013. If however Hyundai'sCUV is not your cup of tea then you might find an alternative in the Toyota RAV 4 or the Chevrolet Equinox.

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  • Hyundai’s popular Santa Fe SUV available in October 2012 with prices starting at £25,495
  • New two-wheel drive model added to the line-up
  • Modern premium SUV with high levels of standard specification from entry
  • UK accounted for one third of total Santa Fe sales in Europe for 2011
  • New Generation Santa Fe gets bespoke UK suspension set-up

High Wycombe, 27 June 2012 - Hyundai can today confirm pricing and specification for the New Generation Santa Fe SUV, which goes on sale in the UK on October 15.  Prices will start from £25,495 OTR for the 2.2-litre CRDi Style 2WD model.

Since its launch in the UK in 2001, the Hyundai Santa Fe has sold 37,500 units in total. Last year, was the second best year in terms of sales for the SUV in Britain with just over 4,200 sold – which equated to a third of European Santa Fe sales in 2011.

Produced at the world’s largest car manufacturing plant in Ulsan, South Korea, the New Generation Santa Fe represents a significant leap forward in terms of desirability, refinement, interior quality and technology.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Globally Hyundai has decided to keep the Santa Fe nameplate as it has, and continues to be, a hugely popular product with customers and is synonymous with the Hyundai brand. We know that Santa Fe buyers are amongst our most loyal customers and it is their feedback that has helped to shape the new model.

“We think that the New Generation Santa Fe will not only appeal to existing customers with its fresh design and improved levels of standard technology, but will attract a new range of buyers looking for a stylish, premium and authentic SUV.”

The New Generation Santa Fe will be powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi engine which develops 197PS and 311lb ft of torque. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions will be available.  The engine has been worked to ensure significant improvements in fuel economy along with associated reductions in CO2 emissions. The 2WD version returns 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and emissions fall below the benchmark 160g/km level for the first time (155g/km) making it an attractive proposition for fleets. The 4WD manual Santa Fe too makes an appealing fleet choice with a combined fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg and 159g/km. The automatic model is almost on par with the outgoing manual version delivering 41.5mpg and just 178g/km.

Three trim levels are available and there is still a choice of either five- or seven-seat configurations. In keeping with Hyundai’s philosophy of offering customers maximum value for money, the Santa Fe comes standard with a number of key features that are traditionally cost options with rivals, beginning with the entry-level Style.

On the outside, the Style model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicator lights, reverse parking sensors, daytime running lights, self-levelling suspension (seven seat only) and a rear spoiler with high-mounted brake light. Inside, air conditioning is standard along with Bluetooth® with voice recognition, multi-function steering wheel and Hyundai’s adjustable Flex Steer™ system.

Hyundai engineers have tuned the New Generation Santa Fe’s suspension specifically for UK roads to ensure a refined and cosseting ride. Dampers have been stiffened over the European set-up in order to cope with bumps and uneven road surfaces that are more common in the UK.

A number of safety features are also standard from entry including ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and seven airbags. A first for Santa Fe is the Active Bonnet System, which raises the bonnet by 60mm in the event of a pedestrian collision to help minimise the impact of head injuries. The system complements the New Generation Santa Fe’s already high safety package.

Moving up to the Premium mid-trim adds additional specification over the entry-level Style such as touchscreen satellite navigation, reverse parking camera with Parking Guidance System, electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, roof rails, chrome effect door handles and black leather seat trim.  Beige leather can be specified as an alternative at no additional cost. Prices for the Premium models begin at £28,995.

The new range-topping Premium SE trim is laden with a vast array of comfort, safety, and luxury features and starts at £32,695 for the seven-seat four-wheel drive manual. In addition to the Premium trim, Premium SE gets 19-inch alloy wheels, electric driver’s seat adjustment, Panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, front parking sensors, Smart Parking Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, Supervision Cluster with LCD display.

Interior space and packaging differs from the outgoing Santa Fe with improvements to rear legroom (+45mm) and first row headroom (+11mm). The New Generation Santa Fe still remains a functional and versatile SUV with luggage capacity at 534 litres plus an additional 48 litres under the boot floor. For added convenience the Santa Fe is fitted with two quick-release levers inside the boot to flatten the second row of seats for maximum load space.

The Santa Fe is backed by Hyundai’s 5 Year Triple Care package, which means owners get a fully transferable five year unlimited mileage warranty, five years roadside assistance and five years free vehicle health checks.

Prices for the New Generation Santa Fe is are follows:

New Generation Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CO2
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VED Band      2012-13

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2.2 CRDi 5 seat 2WD manual

D

155

TBC

G

25,495.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 2WD manual

D

155

TBC

G

26,695.00

2.2 CRDi 5 seat 4WD manual

D

159

TBC

G

26,895.00

2.2 CRDi 5 seat 4WD automatic

D

178

TBC

I

28,595.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD manual

D

159

TBC

G

28,095.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD automatic

D

178

TBC

I

29,795.00

Premium

 

 

 

 

 

2.2 CRDi 5 seat 4WD manual

D

159

TBC

G

28,995.00

2.2 CRDi 5 seat 4WD automatic

D

178

TBC

I

30,695.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD manual

D

159

TBC

G

30,195.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD automatic

D

178

TBC

I

31,895.00

Premium SE

 

 

 

 

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD manual

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159

TBC

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32,695.00

2.2 CRDi 7 seat 4WD automatic

D

178

TBC

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34,395.00

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