New-gen Santa Fe still at home in Oz

South Western Times - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

Hyundai Santa Fe is now in its fourth gen­er­a­tion, has a stylish look, ex­ten­sive safety fea­tures and a strong em­pha­sis on con­nec­tiv­ity.

Op­er­at­ing in the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar seven-seat SUV field, Santa Fe is big­ger than its pre­de­ces­sor. It is 70mm longer, at 4770mm and rides on a 65mm big­ger wheel­base (2765mm). Front over­hang is un­changed, but the rear over­hang is greater by 5mm. Ground clear­ance of 185mm means it's not quite a four-wheel-drive, but will be able to han­dle bush trails and the like.

Santa Fe is avail­able in the com­pany's usual three trim lev­els: Ac­tive, Elite and High­lander.

The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai's new cas­cad­ing grille de­sign and an in­ter­est­ing split-light­ing de­sign. Bi-func­tion head­lights in the Santa Fe High­lander fea­ture a bend­ing func­tion to light the way into and around cor­ners as you turn the steer­ing wheel.

Al­loy wheels for each of the three Santa Fe grades span 17 to 19 inches in di­am­e­ter.

In­side, sec­ond-row legroom is in­creased by 29mm and an 18mm higher seat base brings a bet­ter view for­ward and to the side. The sec­ond row seat bases slide through 300mm to let you jug­gle space.

The rear floor tun­nel is low­ered from 53mm to 26mm to al­low ex­tra space for the legs of the cen­tre-rear oc­cu­pant.

Third-row ac­cess space is in­creased by 36mm to 170mm. Head­room in the third row is in­creased by 42mm.

Pow­ered front seats with heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion are fit­ted to the Santa Fe Elite and it has a 10way power ad­justable seat for the driver and an eight-way seat for the front pas­sen­ger.

High­lander goes crazy, with a 14-way power ad­justable driver’s seat. As well as the usual ad­just­ments, there’s also four­way lum­bar and two-way cush­ion ex­ten­sion.

High­lander even fea­tures heated out­board rear seats.

Lug­gage space is 130 litres be­hind the third row seats, ex­pand­ing to 547 litres be­hind the sec­ond row and to an im­pres­sive 1625 litres with both rear rows folded.

Santa Fe Ac­tive uses a 7-inch mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem with Ra­dio Data Sys­tem, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and voice recog­ni­tion.

The Elite and High­lander have an 8.0-inch dis­play and the satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem has three­di­men­sional map views, a life­time map care up­date plan and live traf­fic data.

Santa Fe has Hyundai Auto Link, a sys­tem that con­nects the Santa Fe’s smart com­puter to a mo­bile phone via Blue­tooth, al­low­ing own­ers to keep track of ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing real-time di­ag­nos­tics, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, driv­ing his­tory sta­tis­tics, park­ing man­age­ment, easy ser­vice sched­ul­ing and au­to­matic ac­cess to road­side as­sis­tance.

Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto can be ac­cessed us­ing a voice con­trol but­ton on the steer­ing wheel.

High­lander also fea­tures a wire­less in­duc­tive charg­ing pad (Qi stan­dard) for com­pat­i­ble phones.

A 10-speaker In­fin­ity Pre­mium Au­dio Sys­tem is in­stalled in Santa Fe Elite and High­lander.

A 138kW/241Nm four-cylin­der 2.4-litre nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated petrol engine with a six-speed au­to­matic is sold only with the Ac­tive, the low­est cost model.

A 147kW/440Nm four-cylin­der 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with a new-de­sign eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is avail­able on all three mod­els.

In ev­ery Santa Fe vari­ant engine power is sent to all four wheels through the new Hyundai-de­vel­oped HTRAC vari­able­torque-con­trol all-wheel-drive sys­tem. In com­bi­na­tion with each of the drive modes – Com­fort, Eco, Sport and Smart modes – HTRAC op­ti­mises trac­tion to in­di­vid­ual needs and con­di­tions.

Ac­tive safety fea­tures are stan­dard in all three Santa Fe grades in­clude for­ward col­li­sion avoid­ance as­sist, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, lane-keep­ing as­sist and a driver inat­ten­tion warn­ing

From the Elite up­wards Santa Fe, there's blind-spot and rear cross-traf­fic col­li­sion avoid­ance as­sist sys­tems, as well as driver at­ten­tion warn­ing, high beam as­sist and lane-keep­ing as­sist.

Pas­sive safety is pro­vided by a strong body and six airbags: two front, two side and two cur­tain airbags cover the first and sec­ond row seats.

Like ev­ery Hyundai pas­sen­ger car and SUV, the Santa Fe has done many thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of sus­pen­sion and han­dling tun­ing for Aus­tralia, on coun­try and city roads.

Longer and more spa­cious than ever, the gen-four Hyundai Santa Fe has an air of style to its lines.

Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto can be ac­cessed us­ing a voice con­trol but­ton on the steer­ing wheel.

The fourth gen­er­a­tion Hyundai Santa Fe is still a great look­ing SUV.

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