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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

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