Contemporary look, high spec level and front-drive option for Hyundai’s replacement workhorse SUV

Hyundai is adding premium appeal to its all-new Santa Fe SUV, which will reach the UK in October.

First previewed in US spec at the New York motor show in April, the UK-bound Santa Fe gets a new look, a more spacious interior, a more efficient diesel engine and the option of front-wheel drive.

Hyundai says that the only carryover from the current Santa Fe is the 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is the sole powertrain option. Its economy has been improved from 41.5mpg to 46.3mpg, and CO2 cut from 176g/km to 159g/km in the four-wheel-drive Santa Fe when fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The new front-drive model boasts even lower figures, of 47.9mpg and 155g/km. A six-speed auto gearbox is optional on the four-wheel-drive car.

The revised look of the Santa Fe is a long way removed from the sturdy styling of the current Santa Fe. However, Hyundai insists that the SUV has lost none of its rugged appeal, adding that the car stays true to Hyundai’s value roots in the amount of standard equipment that it carries. This includes air-con, 18-inch alloys, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and the firm’s new ‘active bonnet’ safety system, which raises the bonnet by 60mm if a pedestrian collision is detected.

Mid-level Premium trim is expected to be the best-seller; it adds climate control, sat-nav and leather seats to the base Style model’s spec. Premium SE is the range-topper, and includes a panoramic sunroof and 19-inch alloys. 

The Santa Fe is a five-seater as standard, with two optional folding rear seats in the boot. Both models share the same 4600mm length and 2700mm wheelbase. 

The new Santa Fe is priced from £25,495 in base five-seat Style spec with front-wheel drive, an increase of £2795 over the current base model, which has four-wheel drive.

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27 June 2012

Nice interior - Hyundai are really looking better than Ford in interiors now. Amazing. Exterior looks like it's fattened-up though. Looks like a porker!

27 June 2012

An interior shot of a RIGHT HAND DRIVE vehicle!!!! ... WOW!!!! ... Us Brits have REALLY been treated special today!!!!

27 June 2012

Still a value led product? Not at almost 3k more expensive! plus the benefit of fwd vs awd seems rather limited. You'd have expected better really

I do like te look of it though. Interior seems a busy place to sit in though

27 June 2012

How are those in the third row seats expected to see out?

As a contributor on another thread commented, are car makers anticipating the return of the window tax? 

27 June 2012

the speed at which the koreans renew their models is very impressive. The fact that they push the price up so much with each new model is less impressive, a 10% price rise while removing 4wd is somewhat excessive.

 

27 June 2012

£25,495  for the base 2 wheel drive 5 speed manual, the Koreans really have a nerve.

On the Ford website you can get a Kuga Diesel Titanium for £23,900 (£1,600 LESS) otr, it has far more kit too :

  • Automatic headlights.
  • Ford KeyFree System.
  • Sony CD/DAB audio system.
  • 17” 5x2 spoke alloy wheel 
  • Blue tooth
  • Appearance pack

 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 June 2012

xxxx wrote:

£25,495  for the base 2 wheel drive 5 speed manual, the Koreans really have a nerve.

On the Ford website you can get a Kuga Diesel Titanium for £23,900 (£1,600 LESS) otr, it has far more kit too :

  • Automatic headlights.
  • Ford KeyFree System.
  • Sony CD/DAB audio system.
  • 17” 5x2 spoke alloy wheel 
  • Blue tooth
  • Appearance pack

 

 You must be joking? A Kuga is a class below! the boot is tiny. The Santa Fe has Bluetooth and 18" as standard, oh and 194bhp and 7 seats. Daft comparision.

27 June 2012

The Apprentice wrote:

xxxx wrote:

£25,495  for the base 2 wheel drive 5 speed manual, the Koreans really have a nerve.

On the Ford website you can get a Kuga Diesel Titanium for £23,900 (£1,600 LESS) otr, it has far more kit too :

  • Automatic headlights.
  • Ford KeyFree System.
  • Sony CD/DAB audio system.
  • 17” 5x2 spoke alloy wheel 
  • Blue tooth
  • Appearance pack

 

 You must be joking? A Kuga is a class below! the boot is tiny. The Santa Fe has Bluetooth and 18" as standard, oh and 194bhp and 7 seats. Daft comparision.

whoops my mistake, I was looking at the Hyundai website and saw the standard 5 seat version for £23,755 (£150 less than Kuga), if I’d scrolled down I’d have seen the 7 seat version for a £1,000(yes £1000 for a bench seat with 2 belts) more. Yes, the 7 seat version is in a different class but the 5 seat version is against the Kuga.

You mentioned horse power, well the 5 seat Hyundai 0-60 is 9.8 and combined 41.5mpg for the Kuga it’s 9.8 to but the combined fuel figure is 47.9 (some 16% better)

 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 June 2012

Sorry still don't see what a Kuga and and a Santa Fe (even with 5 seats) have to do with each other - totally different buyers, of course the Hyundai uses more fuel, 16% aint bad as its 1.5 times the size!

The Hyundai IX35 is the Kuga competitor, judging by the number of those I am seeing on the roads now, a very strong competitor!

 

27 June 2012

a big SUV with 7 seats, 4 wheel drive and 194bhp (great advanced engine tried it in the Sorento) and CO2 below 160g/km. C'mon guys this is a heck of an achievement !!!. And a 5 year warranty.

Unlike some manufacturers that just churn out something compromised with a lump it or leave it attitude - the Koreans are listening to what customers want (getting the CO2 to 159 is a good example as it keeps it on the company car choice list) And Kia with the Sorrento had many things right but the drive was just not good so already they are scrapping the chassis and building a new one, but keeping the style which was a big hit.

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