Hyundai Santa Fe goes under the knife

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 9, 2015

Two years after its official South African debut, Hyundai has given its full-size Santa Fe SUV a mid-life facelift with the addition of new tech and streamlining of the range.

Compared to the outgoing model, the Santa Fe features the latest iteration of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language previewed earlier this year on the new Tucson, with changes including a redesigned hexagonal grille, xenon projector headlights with daytime running LED’s, new front and rear bumpers, LED taillights and a choice of 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the interior retains the same X-shaped facia design, but incorporates a new satellite navigation system as well as upgrades to the audio system.

In addition, the Santa Fe now features the same radar activated Blind Spot Detection system that recently debuted on the Kia Sorento, as well as rear Cross Traffic Alert that uses radar to scan 180 degrees as you reverse, push button electric tailgate and upgraded radar guided cruise control.

Up front, the Santa Fe remains unchanged with motivation coming from Hyundai’s R-series 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that makes 145 kW and 436 N.m of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with fuel consumption being rated at 8.0 L/100 km for the five-seat 2WD model, and 8.3 L/100 km for the seven seat 4WD, both in single spec Elite trim level.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is included in the 2WD’s R659 900 and 4WD’s R699 900 sticker prices.