There was loads of change at Hyundai not too long ago, with the South Korean model overhauling just about its full vary, whereas transferring issues additional upmarket too. These modifications aren’t simply affecting the model’s newest automobiles, but additionally a few of its longest-running nameplates – notably the Santa Fe.
This huge SUV is now Hyundai’s longest-running mannequin, with the Santa Fe being bought within the UK since 2001 throughout a lot of generations. Although the most recent mannequin solely arrived in 2018, it’s now been overhauled as a part of a mid-life replace.
Key revisions embody a redesigned entrance finish that provides the Santa Fe an enormous grille with nice presence, together with new LED lights. Inside, it will get a redesigned cabin format that takes benefit of Hyundai’s newest expertise, whereas cabin area has improved too.
Additionally new are a pair of electrified powertrains, which intention to make the Santa Fe extra environment friendly than its predecessor.
Beforehand the Santa Fe got here geared up with a big diesel engine below the bonnet, nevertheless it’s all modified as this seven-seater is now solely provided with a alternative of two hybrid powertrains.
There’s an everyday ‘self-charging’ setup or a plug-in hybrid for people who wish to journey additional on electrical – you may count on round 27 miles as soon as the battery is totally charged. Each powertrains revolve across the identical 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and every makes use of a six-speed computerized gearbox too.
The usual Hybrid mannequin develops 227bhp, and will get the selection of front- or all-wheel-drive, and is ready to go from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds. As for effectivity, Hyundai claims 44.1.mpg and 145g/km CO2 emissions, or 40.4mpg and 159g/km CO2 for the all-wheel-drive.
In the event you select the plug-in hybrid, it makes use of a four-wheel-drive setup by default, and develops 262bhp in all. Regardless of the additional energy, although, the extra weight of its batteries means it’s virtually identically fast to the usual hybrid. It’s, nonetheless, far more environment friendly on paper. Hyundai claims 173.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of simply 37g/km.
Experience and dealing with
We’ve tried each hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations of the Santa Fe, and it’s the latter that will get our vote. It’s capable of cleverly use its electrical reserves to maximise effectivity, with the electrical reserves lasting far longer than you would possibly count on. Visibility is great too, whereas there are some nice methods that can assist you get used to the Santa Fe’s sheer dimension – together with a surround-view digicam and blind spot cameras that undertaking photos onto the digital dial show if you point out.
Although maybe not fairly as fast because the figures recommend, there’s greater than sufficient tempo to it, whereas the spectacular refinement makes it nice for longer journeys. The journey high quality isn’t nice, although, with the extra heft of the battery sometimes making the journey really feel unsettled.
The factor that impresses most in regards to the Santa Fe’s inside is area. It truly is huge, and is a automobile that seven can sit comfortably in, although the rearmost seats could be fairly cramped. As a five-seater, it additionally has an enormous boot.
The general high quality is great too, with top-spec automobiles coming with quilted seats, a beautiful sculpted dashboard and a great deal of expertise – together with a big widescreen touchscreen and digital dial show. The centre console is affected by buttons, however except for that this Hyundai’s inside is difficult to fault.
The Santa Fe vary has been slimmed down, leaving simply two high-spec fashions to select from – Premium and Final.
All variations get a great deal of gear, with the Premium coming with keyless entry, a Krell sound system, dual-zone local weather management, heated entrance seats and a ten.25-inch touchscreen to call just some options.
The Final actually will get all of the bells and whistles, although, together with rear local weather settings, ventilated seats and a head-up show. A full-length panoramic glass roof can be fitted, together with a characteristic that permits you to park the automobile utilizing the important thing, and in addition a digital instrument cluster.
Hyundai’s step upmarket implies that the Santa Fe isn’t the discount seven-seater SUV it as soon as was, however contemplating the area and gear on supply, it stays attractively priced.
Variations begin from £40,695 for the hybrid, or £45,810 for those who select the plug-in hybrid. The Final provides round £3,000 to the worth, and implies that top-spec Santa Fe fashions value near £50,000.
The Santa Fe has grown with Hyundai – changing into extra upmarket and customarily much more nice within the course of. It is a massive SUV that may actually do all of it, from its huge inside area to its high quality, and even low working prices from these hybrid fashions.
Although it now not comes low cost – and the daring design received’t swimsuit everybody – there are few higher SUVs you should buy for below £50,000.