Hyundai, the Korean brand possesses a strong lineup of vehicles for nearly every segment and has also expanded its market to entry level and premium level luxury sedans. It is known for producing passenger cars delivering high level of content at affordable prices and is currently backed by one of the longest warranties in industry. In 2000, it introduced Santa Fe, its mid-size crossover based on Hyundai Sonata platform and named after the city of Santa Fe, Mexico. It proved to be the milestone of company's restructuring program of late 90's and created a mass combustion in the market despite of being criticized due to its obscure looks.
The all-new Santa Fe is available in two trim levels which are available with automatic and manual transmission while both are equipped with powerful 2.2-litre engine coupled with 2WD churning out a maximum power of 195 hp at 3800 rpm with peak torque of 422 Nm at 1800-2500 rpm. The engine is mated to six speed automatic and the manual transmission which makes the easy gearshifts. The engine allows achieving the top speed of 190 kmph while pulls the vehicle from standstill to 100 kmph within 9.8 secs. The engine performance is not only upgraded to gain explosive power, speedy response and minimum vibration but also to reduce the fuel consumption and harmful emission. The upgraded engine allows to ride for 100 km with 7.1 litres of fuel which is pretty appreciable.
The crossover exudes attention on style and appeal where storm edge motif meets its fluidic sculpture design. The imposing and charismatic face is incorporated with radiator triple bar type grille which exudes refinement with hexagonal shape and wide design while bright LED lamps against sporty, rectangular projection lens infuse the high-tech appearance. The front fog lamps and cornering lamps enhances the visibility in adverse weather while cornering lamps enhance lateral vision. The front bumper completes the face with sport design cues at bottom for more stable and unified look. At side, the stylish side mirrors allow the convenient operation while puddle lamps deliver side repeater and welcome feature for superb design and functionality. The wide panoramic sunroof offers the level of openness and class-defying luxury compared to conventional panoramic sunroof. Drifting towards rear the LED rear spoiler enhances the safety components while the rear bumper skid plate make athletic designs. The 17-inch alloy wheel manifests the sporty elegant look over the dimension of 4690 mm x 1884 mm x 1689 mm(L x W x H) with the wheelbase of 2700 mm.
Santa Fe offers the exceptional level of comfort and pleasure which is sculpted with the relaxed purposefulness and elegance of the latest generation of upmarket car. The stylish design pattern and luxurious material creates the emotional, soft quality which makes the illusion of high-end sedan making a class of it own. The seat arrangement of Santa Fe has been optimized making it practical while the rear seat can be divided in 4:2:4 ratio allowing long loads. The 12 way power adjustable driver seats greets and call you in to drive the car with making the special privilege for fine tuning of driver seat. The dual purpose armrest can comfortably hold two cups and makes the ease for driving and rear passenger. Everything from holder to button is intended to let you focus on driving and maximize comfort and convenience. The 4.2 inch TFT LCD offers sharper and sophisticated supervision which makes it easy to view the wide range of driving and vehicle information. Reverse camera display promotes safe driving and parking by enabling to view the object at rear. Further smart key engine and engine start/stop button, cruise control, dual full auto air conditioner, rain sensor, virtual surround sound system and steering wheel audio remote control are further available. It employs 382-litre of boot space which is expendable applying the foldable functionalities at rear seats making the boot count of 2265-litres.
Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with plenty of driver assist systems that provides the relevant information to the driver through cameras and radar sensors placed around the vehicle. 6 standard airbag system is featured with front bucket seat, front, side and side curtain bags. Firm ride and handling part is all thanks to light suspension system packed in tuned coil over shock front suspension and 4-wheel anti-lock braking system. Other safety aspects loaded with this vehicle include forward collision alert, front automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, park assist, rear cross traffic management, side blind zone alert, under lock and key and much more.
This car gives you more agility and confidence. No doubt it is at lead in this segment with fully loaded features. However, Santa Fe gets a bit noisy on highways which might contract its sales.