Hyundai has confirmed the pricing and specification for its new generation Santa Fe sports utility vehicle that will be rolled out in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2012. The Hyundai Santa Fe will have a starting price of £25,495 OTR for the 2.2-litre CRDi Style 2WD model. The Hyundai Santa Fe will be powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi engine that could produce 197PS of output and 311lb ft of torque.
Power from the engine is transmitted to the wheels through either six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Hyundai made sure that the 2.2-litre CRDi engine for the SUV would exhibit significant improvements in fuel economy as well as reductions in CO2 emissions.
The 2WD version has a fuel economy rating of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 155g/km, which is below the benchmark 160g/km level, making the variant attractive to fleet customers. The 4WD manual Santa Fe has a highly impressive combined fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg and CO2 emission rating of 159g/km. The automatic version, meanwhile, has a combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and a CO2 emission rating of 178g/km.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in three trims in two seat configurations – five- and seven-seater. The new generation Santa Fe also boasts of having standard features that come as cost options with rival models, epitomizing Hyundai’s philosophy of offering customers maximum value for money.
Since launching the Hyundai Santa Fe in the UK in 2001, the company has sold around 37,500 units, selling 4,200 of the SUV model in 2011. The Hyundai Santa Fe to be rolled out in the UK in October will be produced at the carmaker’s manufacturing site in Ulsan, South Korea.
Although crafted together, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the three-row Santa Fe have distinct elements that differentiate one from the other – the most significant of them all is its side view daylight opening (side window shape). The side window shape on the larger Santa Fe was designed to highlight the more spacious passenger and cargo room (the latter situated behind the third-row seat). Also, bodyside character lines (starting from the B-Pillar back), a grille design, 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust and a flush-mounted tow hitch design adorn the Hyundai Santa Fe.
A feature shared by the two Santa Fe trims is its flowing interior look intended for both passenger functionality and comfort. In terms of flexibility and comfort, both Hyundai Santa Fe trims offer heated rear seats and an eight-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar support, as well as a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back. A ‘YES Essentials’ seat fabric treatment is available for the 2013 model and is a standard for all Hyundai Santa Fe with cloth seats, to provide soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties, extending the life of its cloth seats.
A panoramic sunroof is optional but gives quite a treat to those who avail it as it allows natural light to enter the cabin; rear side window sunshades are also available. Other features also include a push-button starter with proximity key, Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with color LCD trip computer and heated steering wheel – everything made available on all Santa Fe models.
The second-row legroom on the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe is now more spacious as it is increased by 1.9 inches while cargo capacity has been increased to 5.5 cubic feet. Moreover, it features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and vents for a more comfortable ride (especially for families) as well as a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom. Another notable feature on the three-row Santa Fe are its second row captain’s chairs.