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Top 5 things you need to know about New Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

By Nitesh Sharma   |   01 July,2014

The Hyundai Santa Fe has always been a capable SUV and now with Hyundai launching the third gen of this SUV in India and tasting success, it seems the SUV buyers have also liked it. How so? Here are the list of five factors which one must know about the new Santa Fe which can surely be its way to success. Read in detail.

1.    Looks

Hyundai has worked really hard on the styling of this new SUV and it surely pays off. The SUV easily grabs eyeballs on road and even when it stands still; it certainly looks the most stylish in its segment. The three layered hexagonal, sharp chrome grille, stretched back xenon headlights integrated with day time running LEDs add dynamism to this full size SUV.

The black cladding all around the body also complements the styling of this car while its bulging wheel arches, 18 inches diamond cut alloy wheels and roof rails enhances its aerodynamic appeal. The combined LED tail lights and sharp cuts on its tail gate also gel well with futuristic styling of this SUV.

2.    Features

The new SUV comes equipped with premium features such as cruise control, dual zone climate control, smart key with push button smart, auto folding mirrors, automatic wipers, headlights, rear parking sensors with camera, touchscreen audio system with USB, MP3, CD, Aux-in, Bluetooth connectivity, 6speakers and steering mounted controls. List of safety features include 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill start and descent control, ESP with Vehcile Stabilty Management.

3.    Space and Interiors

New Santa Fe comes with bright dual tone beige and brown interiors which enlightens the aura inside and makes it feel premium. Even the quality of material feels up-market and adds nice touch to the buttons and controls. It's a full size seven seater SUV which offers good amount of leg room and shoulder room for all its passengers and feels quite comfortable with its wide bucket seats.

The second row has completely foldable reclining seats while the seats in the third row can be split equally into two making way for more luggage. With all three rows occupied, you have a boot capacity of 585 litres.

4.    Engine

Hyundai has implanted the 3rd gen 2.2L, 4-cylinder CRDI engine in Santa Fe which is equipped with Electronic VGT turbocharger. The utmost power output of this engine is of 194bhp which comes as soon as 3800rpm.

The torque output for the manual and automatic transmission is 420Nm and 436Nm respectively which ranges from 1800-2500rpm. Both are six-speed transmissions and 4wheel drive is available with auto transmission only. Manual and automatic version of Santa Fe comes with an ARAI fuel efficiency of 14km/ltr and 13km/ltr respectively. Good figures considering the size and weight.

5.    Ride and Handling

New Santa Fe has a new feature called Flex steer which offers you three different riding modes for its steering namely Comfort, Normal and Sport. In all three modes steering weighs differently and behaves accordingly to the terrains.

This full size SUV feels best when driven in comfort mode especially if you are using it in city traffic. The suspension and tyres holds it well around the corners and you get least bothered inside by any pothole. Sound insulation is also quite impressive as tyre noise is less audible inside. You would also like the stability of this vehicle at high speeds on highways when you are traveling with your family.

Photography- Rajeev