After its 2017 model year received a major facelift, we thought there isn’t much to expect for 2018MY. Luckily, the new Hyundai Santa Fe has been generously packed with all the essentials, thanks to the new value-focused trim plus enhanced new features.
At $27,800, the front wheel drive Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Value features new roof side rails, new front fog lights and daytime running lights (in LED). For superior comfort, the crossover has been equipped with heated front seats and power driver seat with lumbar support.
The latest and most convenient technologies have been added to the new model too. Among them are Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car System, dual automatic temperature control with Clear Air technology, a 7-inch infotainment audio display with Sirius XM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Additional enhancements were also included for better safety and accessibility such as proximity key with push start button, power windows and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators.
Hyundai’s premium wood finish is now available on any of Santa Fe’s Sport models as well as on the leather-equipped version. The Blue Link-equipped models, on the other hand, come with all the standard services and features good for 3 years.
Blue Link's standard services are comprised of Guidance, Remote and Connected Care Packages. With just an Onboard Navigation required, the Guidance can already send you the latest multimedia and navigation updates. This comes with Destination Send-to-Car and Destination Search which are both powered by Google.
Most features on the Remote can now be activated using a smartwatch, a smart device application or with Amazon’s Alexa skill. It involves valet alert, speed alert, geo-fence, curfew, alarm, stolen vehicle immobilization/slowdown/recovery, car finder, remote horn and lights, door lock/ unlock as well as remote start with climate control.
Lastly, the Connected Care consists of on-Demand diagnostics, driving information, maintenance reminder, Service Link, automatic diagnostic trouble code, monthly vehicle health report, enhanced roadside assistance, SOS emergency assistance and automatic collision notification.
All Santa Fe engines use high pressure direct injection and DCVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) with 6-speed automatic as standard transmission. The All-wheel-drive versions gets an additional windshield wiper de-icer and Active Cornering Control.
The model with the 3rd row is powered by a 290hp 3.3-liter V6 while the Sport trim is offered with a 240hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinders or the 185hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
Prices start at $32,300 for the turbocharged Santa Fe Sport while the top-of–the line 2.0T Ultimate Sport model comes at $36,600. For an additional price of $1,500, all models can be availed with an all-wheel-drive set-up. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Sport is on its way to the dealerships with a starting price of $25,900.