Hyundai Santa Fe is running down the Philippines road for quite some time now and is undoubtedly serving the crossover section quite well. But over the time, Santa Fe was seen losing its market presence and was insanely demanding for an update. Taking a note of which Hyundai Philippines introduced the slightly tweaked, 2016 Santa Fe at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show. In addition,other Hyundai cars were also seen accompanying Santa Fe at MIAS and to the list are included big names like Veloster Turbo, all-new Tucson, and much awaited 2016 Elantra. As for a recent update on Santa Fe, the car was recently bestowed with 2016 Best 5 All-around Performance award from Automotive Science Group for achieving highest combined environmental, social and economical performance score amongst the participated 104 midsize SUVs.
2016 Santa Fe like its previous generation model is powered by a 2.2L DOHC 16V HLA eVGT turbo mill. The said mill generates a maximum power output of 197 PS at 3800 rpm along with a peak torque of 422 Nm at 1800-2500 rpm. Available in two trims, Santa Fe base variant GLS is offered in two transmission options- a 6-speed manual and six-speed automatic, where else its top variant, Premium GLS is available in only six-speed automatic gearbox option. Though, the actual mileage figures of 2016 Santa Fe are not available but its Best 5 all-around Performance reward speaks all good about it.
Except the engine, rest all is new in the new Santa Fe. Especially if we talk about its updated exterior design language, which adds to its bold and aggressive profile. At the front, the car now gets a new front bumper, brushed hexagonal grille that is closely followed by the new set of LED headlamps now with DRLs. All this is followed by re-styled chrome cased fog lamps and rearranged air intakes. Turning sideways, it didn't feature many changes, except for the new multi-spoke wheel design and silver work on the rocker panel. Rear end updations are limited to repositioned exhaust pipe and restyled tail light.
2016 Santa Fe though is changed but it still carries many traits from its previous model. One thing that remains common between the two is the high level of comfort that it is able to deliver with features like 12-way power adjustable driver's seat, and remote folding 2nd seat. On the entertainment front, it carries a 4.3 inch TFT LCD touch screen audio system with connectivity features like radio, CD, MP3, AUX, USB and Bluetooth. Supporting it are present six well-placed speakers that deliver best sound experience to the occupants. In addition, are present standard features like dual zone fully automatic air con system with manual rear vents, cruise control, flex steering modes, and audio remote.
Hyundai cars whether small or big are equally loaded with high-end safety features. The all-new Santa Fe is no exceptional to this trend and is bestowed with safety gears like dual airbags, side and curtain airbag, rear parking assist system, smart key locking system, immobilizer, and Anti-lock braking system with Electronic Stability Program.
2016 Santa Fe largely replicates its previous generation model, with same engine and safety equipment. So, the revised price tag may not be liked by many. Also the car lacks on cargo capacity and key driver safety aids.