Hyundai leads green mile
THE new Hyundai Santa Fe R diesel outperformed the competition to claim the SUV class of the transcontinental Global Green Challenge.
Achieving an outstanding fuel consumption of 5.1L/100km during a north-south traverse of the country, the latest Santa Fe beat its impressive official governmentspecified ‘‘combined cycle’’ fuel consumption by a staggering 23.9 per cent.
The Global Green Challenge was a gruelling, weeklong crossing of the continent from Darwin to Adelaide.
The Challenge included two demanding urban loops and covered a total distance of 3147km.
For real-world relevance, competing vehicles are required to meet strict average-speed protocols on the highway.
At the finish line in Adelaide’s CBD, after seven days of intense competition, the new Santa Fe R diesel had consumed 160.46 litres of diesel fuel and achieved a low 137.67gm of CO2 per kilometre.
The winning vehicle was driven by former Australian rally champion Ed Ordynski and motoring commentator John Cadogan.
‘‘This is a practical, versatile and rugged vehicle with serious off-road capability and seven seats,’’ Cadogan said.
‘‘Yet with a combination of the latest technology and conservative driving techniques, we achieved the equivalent of 56 miles per gallon — a result that would have been unheard of just a decade ago.’’
Ordynski said: ‘‘Competition in the category was extremely close. I think what we proved was that smarter driving and making the right choice of vehicle can make a real difference to ordinary Australians — both economically and environmentally.’’