LEAN, GREEN FIGHTING
HE Santa Fe has been a standout performer for Hyundai and the recent update has refined an already solid ride.
The biggest improvement is in the engine bay, where a 2.2-litre turbodiesel boosts power and torque by 27 per cent.
TThat means more grunt with a full load and lighter fuel use when you’re scooting around the city.
The six-speed transmissions — manual and automatic — are as good as anything in the class and the interior finish is impressive.
This seven-seat SUV has proven popular in rural areas.
At least part of the reason is the suspension, which irons out all but the worst bumps without impact through the seats or floor.
The range starts with the SLX and climbs to the Elite and Highlander.
All models have electronic stability and traction control software, USB/ iPod connections and parking sensors.
‘‘The latest Santa Fe builds on its renowned practicality and economy,’’ Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s sales and marketing director Kevin McCann said.
‘‘Packed with features that encompass the gamut of driving desirables — performance, efficiency, comfort and five-star safety — it undoubtedly sets new standards for value as an allpurpose sevenseat family SUV.’’
The new Santa Fe R bristles with an array of new features including:
The all-new R-2.2 diesel engine, offering improved power and torque as well as reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
A choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, once again designed to improve performance and efficiency
Enhanced safety features, including improved crash and rollover protection, resulting in a five-star ANCAP rating
New styling cues