Go anywhere and
enjoy the journey in the Santa Fe. A robust SUV with plenty of comfort features
and a resilient 4X4 set up, it’s made to perform well on difficult roads.
With its chunky shape, complex headlights and striking contours, the Santa Fe has a strong on-road presence that has a sporty feel. Protective cladding along the underside stops the car from getting damaged on rough roads, and the cumbersome nose design showcases its SUV strength. The intelligent headlight system includes cornering lights and LED running lights to increase your visibility and to ensure you’re never missed on the road.
Both practicality and comfort are achieved by the interior design of the Santa Fe. Choose between a five-seat and seven-seat model to suit your family’s needs. The five seater offers more space in the boot with a generous 585 litres. A sculpted design sets a modern feel inside, while stowage compartments dotted about the cabin help to keep it free from clutter on long journeys with the family. Both the front and rear seats are heated for adventures in winter and the dual-zone climate control will keep everyone at the ideal temperature. The defog system comes as standard which automatically clears the windscreen as soon as any misting appears.
The Santa Fe is powered by a robust 2.2-litre diesel engine which is mated to a six-speed gearbox in a choice of manual or automatic. It delivers 197bhp and the four-wheel drive arrangement means the power is distributed to each wheel so it can perform well over tricky road surfaces. It can tow up to 2,500kg in weight, allowing you to take heavy sports equipment away with you.
With a premium sound system included as standard, whatever you play through the Bluetooth® connectivity, DAB radio or USB port will be heard clearly from seven speakers. Enjoy hassle-free driving with the use of satellite navigation, a rear-view camera and parking sensors, which come with every trim level. For your safety, the Santa Fe boasts a long list of equipment from ESP to Vehicle Stability Management and Downhill Brake Control to Trailer Stability Assist.
The stunning Santa Fe is made for adventures and only with a test drive can you experience its strong performance. Book your appointment with the team at our Thornbury, Gloucestershire showroom today by calling us or enquiring online using the form.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a big car, with a kerbweight to match. Including 75kg for the driver – which Hyundai doesn’t in its published kerbweights – cars with an automatic gearbox weigh 2040kg (26kg more than manual cars). That’s usefully more than an Audi Q5 or BMW X3, both of which are closer to 1800kg.
The manual Santa Fe has a higher legal towing limit than the automatic, with a 2500kg maximum to the auto’s 2000kg.
We matched the Hyundai to a twin-axle Swift Expression 626, with a Mass in Running Order of 1413kg. The Santa Fe easily pulled this caravan up to speed, needing just 11.2 seconds to go from 30-60mph.
Torque is key to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s performance. There’s 325lb ft of it from 1750-2750rpm, making the 2.2-litre diesel engine impressively flexible.
The automatic gearbox may be a six-speed compared with the eight- or nine-speeds of some rivals, but with such mid-range pulling power the Hyundai doesn’t need any extra ratios.
That brawn works to good effect in a hill start. The Santa Fe’s electronic parking brake held car and caravan still on the 1-in-10 slope, and released smoothly as the throttle was applied. The Hyundai pulled to the top of the gradient without any wheelspin or apparent strain. A 1-in-10 gradient isn’t too taxing for a powerful 4x4, but we found the Santa Fe equally at ease on a 1-in-6 hill.
Although our test took place in the dry, the Hyundai’s 4x4 drivetrain would have been a plus in wet weather. It’s a torque-on-demand system that only sends power to all four wheels when the front tyres struggle for grip.
We’re also very happy with the Hyundai’s stability at speed. At a steady 60mph the Santa Fe was rock-solid in still air, with minimal movements in strong crosswinds.
Perhaps it’s not as unshakeable on a windy day as a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but we’d feel confident towing long distances with the Hyundai. Self-levelling suspension, which is standard on seven-seat Santa Fes, will help maintain that stability even when the car is fully loaded.
The Santa Fe also handled our emergency lane-change test, which isn’t always the case with big 4x4s. The Hyundai leaned heavily as it changed direction, but didn’t get out of shape.
As we repeated the test at higher speeds there was some pushing from the caravan, but we were never concerned that the tourer was about to take charge. All in all, the Santa Fe tows very well.
A handful of rivals, most notably the Land Rover Discovery Sport, feel more composed in emergency manoeuvres, but we’re talking about fine differences between capable cars. This is a reassuring and thoroughly competent tow car.