The new, fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe wears a face that is quite unlike that of its predecessor, as well as one fairly far removed from anything else in the Korean brand’s current range. And this is the sort of approach we can expect from Hyundai from now on, with its new models set to receive individualistic styling rather than simply an adaptation of the latest “family” look.
In the case of this new Santa Fe, the fresh styling includes a bold new lighting arrangement that sees the daytime LED lights positioned above the dual projector headlamps, with the latter gaining their own pods recessed into the front bumper.
There’s a subtle but strong crease that runs without wavering from the narrow lamps up front to the rear lights, while overall the rear treatment is neat, with narrow lenses that curve round the flanks.
Bigger is better?
When it comes to next-generation model redesigns, the trend is almost always to go bigger. When the size reaches its inevitable limit, a new, smaller model range is often released. And so it is with the new Santa Fe. It’s longer by 70 mm, wider by 10 mm but no taller than before.
More significantly, the wheelbase has been increased by 65 mm, although the overhangs are shorter. This results in improved off-road clearance as well as more interior space. Road noise, meanwhile, has been reduced thanks to floorpan modifications and the use of additional sound-absorbing materials.
The interior mirrors the rather elegant external appearance and boasts all the features one might need without being overly fussy or complicated in its operation. Rear seat movement for access to the third row (the final two perches fold neatly into the floor) requires a mere push of a button and a forward shove. Controls are logically laid out, with the exception of the all-wheel-drive button in this model, which is sited on the facia to the right of the steering wheel (for right-hand drive) and therefore not easily visible.
With the Jordanian autumn smothering us with temperatures of over 36 degrees (with a high relative humidity), we appreciated both the dual climate control and the very efficient seat ventilation. Seating comfort is fine and both driver and passenger enjoy electrically adjusted perches in this model.
The final two seats have improved headroom and are thus more comfortable than before. While not suitable for passengers over 1,7 metres tall, these rear pews also gain dedicated air-conditioning vents.
Appreciated features for the driver include a comprehensive head-up display, blind spot warning, lane change warning and rear danger warning (with a 360-degree camera), wireless smartphone charger and six airbags.
Tried and tested
As far as engines go, Hyundai is sticking with what works. This is conservative but important for proven, long-term reliability. While the Hyundai Motors product manager admitted the firm did look at upgrading from the 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine, it decided the best option was to retain the existing layout. That said, revisions to piston design have resulted in less noise when cold while power has increased slightly to 147 kW. So too has peak torque, to 440 N.m between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min.
What makes or breaks (figuratively, that is) a transmission is how smoothly it shifts gears. This is especially important with modern multi-ratio designs. Get it wrong and you end up playing a game of “guess which gear we’re in now”. Get it right and you can skip the arithmetic and let the computer sort it out.
The new eight-speed (replacing the previous six-speed) had me rather sceptical due to the possibility of continuous hunting up and down the range. Fortunately, the shift algorithms have been well sorted because shifting is almost imperceptible … which is exactly what you want in a vehicle such as this. Paddle shifters have been provided for those who enjoy flicking through the cogs manually, and there is a gear ratio readout to let you know where you are in the octave. The ratio spread is increased from before for better acceleration and cruising (first gear is a low 4,81:1 and the top gear ratio is 0,65:1).
Off the tarmac
The HTRAC all-wheel-drive system features three drive modes to adjust the traction to the wheels. In eco, the split is 100:0 with a maximum transfer of 80:20. In comfort, you have a 80:20 split with maximum transfer of 65:35, while in sport mode it’s 65:35 with transfer of 50:50. Prodding the lock button provides a permanent 50:50 split. Suspension has been stiffened but the travel has also increased, while the steering design now has the electric motor mounted directly onto the rack.
Most of the time we used either sport or comfort modes. In the eco setting, eighth gear could be selected at under 80 km/h where the engine speed was a mere 1 400 r/min (below the maximum torque’s arrival at 1 750 r/min). This resulted in some labouring of the engine, with the expected roughness. Not what a diesel engine likes, so we generally stayed away from eco mode. The fuel consumption during our trip was around 8,0 L/100 km.
And in South Africa?
Three specification levels will be offered in South Africa when the Santa Fe debuts here before the end of 2018. The base model will be the front-wheel-drive Premium. This features halogen headlamps, a normal keyed ignition, a remote folding second row, a 3,5-inch display in the instrument cluster, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment pod (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Executive model adds LED projector headlamps, keyless start, an electric opening tailgate and 19-inch wheels (with drive again sent exclusively to the front axle).
The flagship Elite furthermore gains heated and ventilated front seats, 19-inch alloys (in a different design), a seven-inch TFT screen between the dials and, of course, the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.
On the road
We travelled a mix of coastal roads and very windy mountain passes on our way to the historical site of Petra. Fortunately, Hyundai has finally sorted out its electrically assisted steering system, which didn’t disappoint. The ride quality is also close to cosseting and bump absorption is adequate (although the larger wheels were not always adept at soaking up small bumps evident on the sometimes poorly surfaced roads between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea).
The sunroof is huge, with the front section opening and the rear glass fixed (an electrically driven screen allows you to block out the heat). The quality of materials is generally good, although the leather used for seat covering cannot match that found in some German rivals.
Overall, the new Santa Fe represents an impressive follow-up to what was already a compelling seven-seater SUV. Pricing, of course, will be key, although Hyundai has stressed that this will be largely dependent on South Africa’s wavering exchange rate…
Model:Hyundai Sante Fe 2,2 CRDi 4WD Elite Price:TBA Engine:2,2-litre, 4-cyl turbodiesel Power:147 kW Torque:440 N.m 0-100 km/h:10,0 L/100 km Top Speed:190 km/h Fuel Consumption:6,3 L/100 km CO2:165 g/km Transmission:8-speed auto Maintenance Plan:5-year/90 000 km
Korean carmaker Hyundai will be launching two more products into the South African market in 2018. Let's meet them both.
The SUV market is flying, both locally and internationally and one manufacturer who has capitalised on this is Hyundai. With recent facelifts to the Creta and Tucson, these two models should start tallying up healthy sales. At the launch of these two SUVs, Hyundai SA confirmed that it had two more launches scheduled for 2018.
While petrolheads are lusting after the Hyundai i30 N, sadly it seems unlikely that this performance model will come to our shores as its just too expensive. The next Hyundai vehicle to make its way to South Africa is the Kona, which will be launched in the middle of October, while the larger Santa Fe arrives at the end of November.
Hyundai Kona (October)
The Hyundai Kona is one of the more striking crossovers since the arrival of the Renault Captur a few years ago. Designed by Peter Schreyer, the man responsible for the Kia Stinger and the now-iconic Mk1 Audi TT, the i30-based Kona made its public debut as long ago as June 2017. Hyundai Automotive SA has confirmed 2 derivatives for the local market. It will see the introduction of the brand's first 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine. The second derivative is the tried and tested 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol, which will be exclusively available as an automatic. Both models are front-wheel-drive only.
Hyundai Santa Fe (November)
The Hyundai Santa Fe is back for a 3rd generation, with the 7-seat SUV aiming to offer more to buyers in many ways: more space, more style, more safety and more value. The new styling doesn’t hide the fact the 2018 Santa Fe is larger than its predecessor, measuring 4 770 mm in lenght (+70 mm), 1 890 mm in width (+10 mm) and 1 680 mm in height (+10 mm), and with a stretched wheelbase now running 2 765 mm (+65 mm). The existing Santa Fe has just one engine option across two variants – a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with the entry-level front-wheel-drive model and the high-spec all-wheel-drive version, which we expect to be mostly carried over from the existing range.
Test location London Price £43,295 On salenow Engine 4cyls, 2199cc, diesel Power 197bhp at 3750rpm Torque 325lb ft at 1750-2750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 2100kg Top speed 127mph 0-62mph 9.3sec Fuel economy 44.8mpg CO2, tax band 164g/km, 37% RivalsSkoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento
Specification and pricing for the forthcoming Hyundai Santa Fe has surfaced and we can share how much this new big Korean SUV will cost.
The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe will be launched to the South African market in November 2018 and thanks to a product bulletin which was sent to us, we're able to confirm specs & pricing for the 7-seater. The Hyundai Santa Fe will be launched in three levels of trim, with one engine across the range. The engine of choice is a 2.2-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder, which pushes out 144 kW and 436 Nm. All Hyundai Santa Fes boast automatic transmissions, and of the three models, just the flagship Elite will offer all-wheel drive.
The three levels of trim are Premium, Executive and Elite and here are the features of each:
Premium Automatic air conditioner
Daytime running lights
7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Rear park assistance + camera
The above features plus:
Front LED fog lamps
Rear fog lamps
Blind spot detection
Rear cross traffic alert
Electrically adjustable seats for the driver
Keyless entry & push button start
Power child lock
Rear window curtains
The above features plus:
Static bending headlamps
LED Rear combination lamps
Driver and passenger electrically adjustable seats
New Hyundai Santa Fe: here’s how much it will cost you in SA
The new Hyundai Santa Fe is scheduled to launch in South Africa in November 2018 – slotting in at the summit of the brand’s now four-strong crossover range (after the recent arrival of the new Kona) – but we can already bring you pricing.
At launch, the line-up will comprise three seven-seater derivatives, all powered by the Korean automaker’s familiar 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine. This revised powerplant now churns out 142 kW at 3 800 r/min and 440 N.m between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min.
The fourth-generation range kicks off with the front-wheel-drive Premium-spec derivative, which is priced at R599 900. An Executive version of this model sits mid-table at R659 900, while the flagship Elite boasts all-wheel drive and a R749 900 price-tag. All three derivatives employ a new eight-speed (replacing the previous six-speed) automatic transmission.
Now measuring 4 770 mm long and 1 890 mm wide, with a longer wheelbase of 2 765 mm, Hyundai says the new Santa Fe offers even more interior space than before. Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system and a brace of USB charging points for second-row passengers.
The Premium trim level includes items such as halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights, climate control, cruise control and a reversing camera. The Executive model adds power adjustment for the driver’s seat, LED headlamps, keyless entry and blind-spot detection.
The range-topping Elite, meanwhile, boasts yet more standard kit, including power adjustment for the front passenger seat, heated/ventilated front seats, a seven-inch instrument cluster (other models make do with a 3,5-inch version), a static bending function for the LED headlamps, a powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
All models are covered by Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty plus an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Premium 8AT: R599 900
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Executive 8AT: R659 900
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Elite 8AT AWD: R749 900
It’s been seventeen years since the local launch of the first-generation Hyundai Santa Fe. Since then, of course, the needs and desires of the typical SUV buyer have evolved considerably and today the competition is particularly fierce. Now, Hyundai Automotive South Africa is looking to claim a heftier slice of the sales pie, having sold some 5 331 units (with the second-gen model interestingly proving the most popular) since the Santa Fe’s local introduction in 2001.
Hyundai SA tells us it did some serious homework on local competitors before introducing this fourth-generation Santa Fe, and after our first drive on local soil, it certainly looks as though this seven-seater Korean SUV has much to offer. Indeed, this base-spec Premium derivative kicks off the range at R599 900 and offers a long list of standard features (but more on that later).
Let’s first look at some of the key alterations made over the previous model. The exterior adopts a far bolder design, sharing some key styling elements with its smaller SUV sibling, the recently launched Kona. Indeed, much like the latter, the LED daytime running lights are positioned above the headlamps. At a glance, these narrow light clusters could easily be mistaken for the headlamps, which in this model, are halogen units incorporated into the front bumper, flanking a large new black honeycomb grille. Towards the rear you’ll find a subtle tailgate spoiler, a reversing camera, park distance control and (legitimate) twin-exhaust exits.
Now with the body measuring some 70 mm longer and 10 mm wider, along with a wheelbase increase of 65 mm, it’s clear Hyundai made improving interior space a priority. Step inside and front passengers are greeted by large, manually adjustable seats offering both sturdy support and high levels of comfort. The quilted-and-stitched leather upholstery is a neat addition, providing this base model’s interior with a welcome premium ambience (alongside the well-padded, ash-coloured rooflining similar to that found on the interior of the trendy Peugeot 3008).
The multi-function leather-wrapped tiller is a pleasure to grip and the uncluttered analogue instrument cluster is easily legible. Having driven both the entry-level Premium and the range-topping Elite variants on the launch, I preferred the analogue arrangement in the Premium as opposed to the half-digital, half-analogue set-up in the flagship.
While hardly any brittle plastics are found on often-handled areas of the cabin, if you look hard enough you’ll find a few scratchy bits. That said, the facia is topped by a soft-touch slush-moulded surface (with matching stitched pinstripes), while a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system identical to that found in the Tucson is mounted centrally. While the system does not offer built-in navigation, it does provide both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as alternatives. Dual-zone climate control and an air-conditioned glove box are standard in the cabin, too.
An impressive claimed legroom measurement of 1 001 mm is quoted for second-row passengers. For reference, the burly Nissan Patrol was measured to offer 808 mm of second-row legroom in our road-test earlier in 2018. There are two rear-sited USB charging ports back there too, aiding in the avoidance of increasingly common arguments between passengers jostling to charge their devices.
Move past the second row, and you’ll find a set of extra perches folded flat into the boot floor (all Santa Fe models now come with seven seats). These chairs are suitable enough for adults over short distances, and at 179 cm I managed to squeeze myself in with relative ease, discovering sufficient head- and knee-room. Some 130 litres of packing space is offered with the third row up and a handy 516 litres with the seats neatly stowed.
Underneath the revised body shell rests the same 2,2-litre turbodiesel mill that did service in the previous generation. Generating 142 kW at 3 800 r/min and 440 N.m between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min, the familiar engine is now mated to a new eight-speed automatic torque-converter (developed and manufactured in-house by Hyundai), adding two extra cogs over the outgoing model. With the standard cruise control set to the national speed limit and the tachometer registering just under 2 000 r/min, the engine handily settles into its peak torque band in top gear. The gearbox is smooth in its operation and is calibrated to use the available torque rather than kicking down to a lower gear when opening the throttle to overtake. Send your right foot into the carpet, however, and the gearbox reacts quickly enough, even if it lacks the response of the transmission used in, say, the BMW X3.
The Santa Fe is an effortless cruiser and now with added underfloor insulation, it’s suitably refined even over rutted gravel surfaces. Indeed, the underpinnings and suspension set-up deliver a well-cushioned and controlled ride, despite the dual-tone 18-inch alloys being shod in low-profile Continental ContiSport Contact5 rubber (the latter coped admirably on sinkplaat and rock-ridden sections of our route).
But it’s on the blacktop where the Santa Fe excels, with NVH levels well suppressed out on the open road. The electric power steering should get a special mention here, since the systems used in many Korean cars are over-assisted and inert. But the new model’s steering is well weighted and provides an appreciated degree of feedback even in comfort mode, giving the driver a fair idea as to what the front wheels are doing.
With a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating to its name, Hyundai claims the new Santa Fe boasts a 15,4 percent increase in torsional rigidity compared with the old vehicle. ABS with EBD, ESC and other safety initialisms come standard, along with six airbags. For further peace of mind, a class-leading seven-year/ 200 000 km warranty and a five-year/ 90 000 km service plan ship standard.
At R599 900, this model offers decent value for money, but faces strong competition from both unibody rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, Kia Sorento and Land Rover Discovery Sport; and bakkie-based models like the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest (not to mention flagship versions of smaller five-seater rivals such as the Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5).
On first impressions, though, this Santa Fe certainly lives up to its Premium nomenclature, offering a great deal of standard specification despite its positioning as the entry-level derivative. It deserves to sell well on local shores and should help Hyundai SA grab an even broader slice of the seemingly ever-growing crossover sales pie.
Model:Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 CRDi Premium AT Price:R599 900 Engine:2,2-litre, 4-cyl turbodiesel Power:142 kW @ 3 800 r/min Torque:440 N.m @ 1 750 - 2 750 0-100 km/h:N/A Top Speed:190 km/h Fuel Consumption:6,3 L/100 km CO2:165 g/km Transmission:8-speed automatic Maintenance Plan:5 years/ 90 000 km service plan
Hyundai South Africa adds the final piece of its 4-pronged SUV arsenal with the new Santa Fe adventure SUV.
For 2018, the Hyundai Santa Fe is an all-new piece of kit, offering 7 seats and a more refined and family-friendly package. The exterior design is lightly chiselled to feel more modern and keep in touch with Hyundai’s new global styling cues. It’s longer and wider than before and the wheelbase has been extended (slightly) to offer more ride comfort and -stability. Rear-seat flexibility is improved, as is passenger comfort levels in all rows.
There are more safety features as standard and you get a modern infotainment system up front. So the latest Santa Fe is on par with what you’d expect to see in a new adventure SUV model, but is it any good?
The old engine is mated to a new 8-speed gearbox.
The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is carried over from the previous generation with identical outputs of 142 kW and 440 Nm of torque. There is, however, a new transmission: the old 6-speed automatic has been replaced with a newly developed 8-speed version. The 2 extra forward gears work to provide better acceleration from standstill and under load, but also reduce the revs at freeway speed. The reduced revs are said to improve mechanical noise levels as well as reduce the Santa Fe's fuel consumption.
Thankfully, the new transmission does exactly what it says on the tin, and although we didn’t get to test it with a decent load on board, the Santa Fe accelerates up to speed well and is quite responsive to throttle inputs. At the freeway speed limit, the engine ticks over at under 2 000 rpm, so you can easily expect to beat the claimed fuel consumption figures on longer runs.
As for those consumption figures, it depends on whether you opt for a front-wheel-drive derivative or splurge on the top-spec Elite version, which is equipped with all-wheel-drive. The claimed fuel consumption for the former is 7.8 L/100 km and the latter, 8.2 L/100 km.
In terms of interior design, Hyundai hasn’t always put practicality at the top of its priority list. The Tucson, for example, requires you to run around from "door to door" in order to drop the rear seats flat. Most contemporary SUVs have buttons in the luggage bay or on the top of the rear backrest (the Tucson, for example, has them on the outside of the bench and they're a pain to use if you’re constantly folding and lifting the back row.
All versions get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the top-spec Elite gets a digital instrument cluster.
However, the designers behind the Santa Fe have been more thoughtful and installed a 1-touch button that electrically slides the 2nd row forward and folds it for you to make access to the 3rd row easier than ever. Luggage space, meanwhile, has been improved by 5 litres in 7-seater mode to 130 litres and 31 litres in 5-seater mode to 547 litres. With all the seats folded, there’s a commodious total loading space of 1 625 litres.
The biggest improvement, in terms of comfort, is the provision of more space for 3rd-row occupants. There is an extra 127 mm of legroom in the back and an extra 190 mm of headroom. Hyundai has also increased the length of the rear window so that the rear-most passengers can have a bit more of a view of the outside world... it will probably make them less prone to car-sickness too...
Sales of the previous-generation Santa Fe didn’t quite meet Hyundai SA's expectations, so this new model has been packed with additional standard features to present a better value propositions overall. All derivatives come with the 7-inch infotainment system that’s Android Auto- and Apple Carplay compatible. The system also doubles as your reverse-view camera and PDC monitor. The top-spec Elite gets front sensors too.
The entry-level premium derivative is a bit basic on the inside, aside from the upgraded infotainment system and leather trim. You do also get 2 rear USB ports as standard across the range, which is a nice touch.
Apple Carplay and Android Auto are supported on the new Santa Fe.
With the Premium and Elite derivatives, Hyundai SA cranks up the spec levels nicely and with it, of course, the price. Some of the nice-to-haves on those versions include electric seats, electric tailgate, LED lights and cross-traffic alert when reversing out of parking spots.
Along with the all-wheel-drive, the Elite derivative has a digital instrument cluster that changes colour as you toggle through the drive modes. It’s a very clear and easy to read cluster. There are also paddle shifters on this version, but I’ve never seen the necessity for them on a family SUV.
The Santa Fe scores 5-stars on Euro NCAP and Australian "NCAP" (ACAP), although we await the published results to see how well it does in each facet of the test. Stability control is standard across the range, as is hill-start assist. Premium and Elite derivatives get the Safe Exit system that stops passengers from opening the doors into traffic (remember the Hyundai TV advert during the Fifa World Cup? It's that feature).
A better looking and more comfortable 7-seater than the more common rivals.
That Santa Fe incorporates improvements across the board. The engine and transmission work well together and the ride comfort, noise and vibration levels are excellent. The cabin is neatly styled and feels upmarket and well-built. Modern features are installed and overall, the Hyundai offers excellent specification for a family that needs 7 seats. It’s not as off-road biased as many of the competitors such as the Fortuner, Everest and Discovery Sport, but if you only plan on tackling the odd dirt road, it’s more than capable and has respectable ground clearance for that purpose.
Pricing still remains a sore point for the Santa Fe as most buyers in this segment seem willing to forgo the ride comfort and practicality offered by a unibody design in favour of the additional off-road ability that bakkie-based products have. The Santa Fe’s fuel-efficient engine and refined 'box play into its favour, but we’ll have to see if buyers can be tempted out of their beloved Fortuners and Everests in favour of the big Korean SUV.
Hyundai’s fourth-generation Santa Fe is now on sale in South Africa, sporting a more daring design and a raft of new gadgets and safety features.
Three models are on offer - Premium, Executive and Elite - and they’re priced from R599 900 to R749 900. All three feature Hyundai’s acclaimed 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, producing 142kW and 440Nm, and mated to a brand new eight-speed automatic gearbox that claims to improve efficiency by up to four percent.
While Premium and Elite models deliver their power to the front wheels, the Elite is fitted with an enhanced all-wheel-drive system, which variably controls torque distribution to the front and back wheels, as well as braking power, as needed.
The seven-seater is also more practical than before, with middle row occupants getting 38mm more legroom and those in the third row gaining 22mm of additional headroom. With the third row seat folded, the Santa Fe offers 547 litres of luggage space, which is 31 litres more than before.
All versions are fitted with a new 17.8cm touchscreen high-res infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a reverse camera. Also standard across the range is leather seats, cruise control, climate control and six airbags.
The Executive trim grade adds driver assist gadgets like Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance (with auto-braking function), Blind Spot Detection as well as luxuries in the form of push-button start, electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, folding side mirrors and retractable rear door curtains.
Over and above all that, the Elite packs front park assist, a 17.8cm TFT digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate and steering-mounted paddle shifters. The range-topper also comes with an industry-first safety feature that can alert the driver if he or she forgets a child in the rear seat and tries to leave the car.
Prices include a five-year/150 000km warranty (with additional two-year/50 000km powertrain warranty extension), and five-year/90 000km service plan.