Hyundai Santa Fe Review

  February 17, 2014


The new Hyundai Santa Fe in its new generation is completely different from its predecessor and rightly so as it needed it with new competition. The SUV segment has seen new rivals from German luxury car-makers plus the likes of the Toyota Fortuner mean that the new Santa Fe will not have it easy but fret not as this is one talented SUV. The new Hyundai Santa Fe is only available with a diesel and in manual/automatic forms. There are three variants with the top-end 4WD model only available with automatic gearbox. The Santa Fe has grown bigger and has a long features list plus it has three-row seating.

Powertrain & Performance

The new Hyundai Santa Fe only has one engine option and that is a diesel. The diesel engine in question is a 2.2 litre 2,199 cc diesel engine making 196 bhp. The diesel engine feels smooth and quite fast with very good refinement levels. Turbo-lag has been kept minimal here especially with the 6-speed automatic gearbox. The automatic is smooth and quite responsive as well. The new Hyundai Santa Fe has MacPherson strut type front suspension and multilink type rear suspension. The ride is very good as it swallows bumps and goes over bad roads with ease. The steering is light though and lacks feedback plus there is some body-roll there. In fuel economy terms the Santa Fe MT does 14.74 kmpl while it is a little bit lower for the AT version with 13.01 kmpl. Overall the new Santa Fe drives well and if you take it off-road it will surprise you with its abilities.

Build & Styling

The new Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot more presence than its predecessor plus is bigger. The styling is the new Hyundai design language and it works well. The three-bar hexagonal front grille along with those sharp headlamps & LED daytime running lights looks good. The headlamp cluster has many unique features like bright HID LED Lamps and fog lamps with cornering function. The new Santa Fe has 18 inch 2-tone Diamond Cut Alloy wheels. Move to the rear and you have LED Rear Combination lamps, LED Rear Spoiler, Twin muffler and Rear Skid Plate. The Santa Fe has five colour options. Inside it’s also quite luxurious and spacious. The Santa Fe has three-row seats and will seat seven. The design of the dash is well made and sporty. There is two-tone beige and brown used which makes the interior airy. The amount of space especially in the second row is quite good and in the second and third rows, seats can be reclined and fully folded for greater comfort and for additional cargo space. Hyundai have also given its new SUV lots of features like 12-way Driver Power seat, 4.3 inch TFT LCD Touch with Rear Parking Camera display, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, CD compatibility and Aux-in connectivity, steering controls and more. In safety it has six airbags, ABS, ESC and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management).


The Hyundai Santa Fe is priced from Rs 26.3 lakh to Rs 29.25 lakh (ex-showroom) which means it is not exactly cheap but you do get a lot of car for your money. The new Santa Fe looks better, is spacious plus is loaded with features. As a luxury SUV, Hyundai’s newest gets a lot of things right.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Looks
    • Features
    • Spacious interiors
  • Cons

    • Price