The Hyundai Santa Fe has been around for 12 years, with its first model released on the year 2000. Now comes the 2013 model with a much more styling, value for money, and comes with a great road performance that can likely compete with the top-spec Highlander turbo-diesel loaded with features and is a reassuringly good drive. Gearing up to release the third-generation Santa Fe, Hyundai planned a strategy that would put the crossover on as many car buyers as possible. With three engines and two different wheelbase models to choose from, Hyundai will offer a five-passenger Sport model as well as a 7-passenger LWB (long wheel base) Santa Fe that replaces the slow-selling Vera Cruz.
The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with big easy-to-read tacho and speedo dials sit in intensely carved circular recesses and all the switches and dials that matter are mounted nice and high on the centre-stack. The leather-clad front seats are well shaped with enough hip-and-thigh bolstering for just about all-driving conditions. There are also full house of interior comforts including air-conditioning for all three seating rows, and heated front and rear outboard-seats. Third-row occupants don’t have a vast amount of legroom and is easily accessed and just as easily folds neatly away.
Hyundai engineers have given power to the new Santa Fe Sport with a four-cylinder engine lineup with a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Powered by the same engines found in the Sonata it has the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Santa Fe Sport models will have two options; the base 2.4-liter direct-injection engine makes 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the FWD is very practical, giving consumers 22-mpg city, 33-mpg on the highway for a combined 26-mpg. The AWD model achieves a 21/28-mpg rating for 23-mpg combined. To satisfy clients looking for more power and performance, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection model making 264-hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Front-drive fuel economy is rated at 21/31-mpg for a combined 25-mpg, while AWD models get 20/27-mpg or 22-mpg combined.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe’s turbo motor is aggressive in control, and better fuel economy match up to its rivals like the RAV4 and Chevy Equinox V6 and even the Ford Edge turbo, though closer in some comparisons than others. Hyundai’s Active ECO system does come standard, adding together in fuel efficiency by optimizing engine and transmission control.
The 2013 Hyundai long wheel base Santa Fe, will be powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with a 19/26-mpg rating for the FWD model and 22 mpg combined will be dominating the mid-size SUVs competition against the likes of Honda Pilot, the new Nissan Pathfinder and the Edge.
Irrespective of the road conditions, the Santa Fe is one of the more refined types of modern SUVs with a quiet, serene on-road ambience. With its 19-inch standard wheels and their 235/55 R19 rubber and big exterior mirrors, road and wind noise are very well damped.
At the front the Santa Fe uses the very reliable MacPherson-strut arrangement with a 25mm stabiliser bar and dynamic dual-flow dampers. The rear has a fully independent multi-link set-up and a 21 mm solid stabiliser bar. This is not a not rocket science experiment, but it works effectively. Being high, there’s naturally a bit of body roll and some understeer if motoring quickly. But it’s sensibly damped and, really, just precise for family driving. With big discs all round and a full set of electronic braking support, the Santa Fe pulls up reliably every time.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe gets new styling and much more specs development and improved features, and standing out on the mid-sized SUV class, Hyundai’s long wheel base Santa Fe is offering car enthusiast with almost everything they desire.