The fourth-generation SUV's opening price applies to the entry-level 2.2-litre diesel variant, which comes in SE form and with two-wheel drive. It includes 17in wheels, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and driver assist features such as lane-keep assist, among other standard features.
Opt for a £36,425 Premium model and the seven-seater gains 18in wheels, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with live services and traffic messaging, plus wireless phone charging. Top-of-the-range Premium SE cars cost from £41,795 and add rear cross traffic alert with brake assist technology and 19in wheels.
The new Santa Fe's design is derived from the smaller Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Nexo SUVs, with split headlight clusters and a trapezoidal grille. At 4770mm long and 1890mm wide, it is 70mm longer and 10mm wider than the outgoing model. The additional length also brings about a longer wheelbase, with leg room for rear passengers said to have been improved.