Hyundai ups safety for Santa Fe

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Hyundai has upped the value of its Santa Fe large SUV range by in­clud­ing a suite of ac­tive safety gear as stan­dard across the range, as well as boost­ing the tech of­fer­ings for higher grade ver­sions of its pop­u­lar seven-seater.

Pric­ing on all but one vari­ant re­mains static, with the Santa Fe kick­ing off from $40,990 plus on-road costs for the two-wheel-drive V6-pow­ered Ac­tive X auto, hit­ting $41,850 for the Ac­tive all-wheel-drive petrol and $44,850 for the diesel-pow­ered AWD Ac­tive.

The diesel AWD Elite has risen in price by $1000 to $51,990, while the flag­ship High­lander AWD diesel stays at $57,090.

Hyundai has also dropped the sixspeed man­ual gear­box from the lineup that was of­fered in Ac­tive guise, with a six-speed au­to­matic now the only trans­mis­sion choice.

As part of the model year up­date, Hyundai has in­cluded its Smart­sense suite of ac­tive safety gear on Ac­tive and Ac­tive X vari­ants, en­sur­ing it is now stan­dard across the range. It was pre­vi­ously only of­fered as stan­dard in the top-spec High­lander.

Smart­sense in­cludes au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blind spot de­tec­tion and adap­tive cruise con­trol.

As well as the ac­tive safety gear, the Ac­tive and Ac­tive X gain new stan­dard kit in­clud­ing a larger 4.2-inch TFT colour dis­play in the in­stru­ment clus­ter – up from 3.5 inches – an elec­tric park brake, power folding mir­rors with pud­dle lights and an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror. An 8.0-inch satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem in­cor­po­rat­ing Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity are new to the Elite and High­lander grades.

This is an in­crease from the pre­vi­ous 7.0-inch unit.

Pow­er­trains con­tinue un­changed, with the 138kw-241nm 2.4-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-cylin­der petrol en­gine pow­er­ing the Ac­tive, with a fuel econ­omy rating of 9.4 litres per 100km.

Fol­low­ing its in­tro­duc­tion as a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the Santa Fe lineup in March this year, the Ac­tive X uses Hyundai’s 199kw-318nm 3.3-litre petrol V6 that con­sumes 10.5L100km.

Ac­tive, Elite and High­lander grades are of­fered with the 2.2-litre com­mon rail four-cylin­der turbo-diesel unit pump­ing out 147kw and 440Nm, sip­ping 7.8L-100km.

On top of the stan­dard gear, op­tions in­clude metal­lic paint for $695 on any vari­ant, while a beige in­te­rior adds $295 to the cost of the Ac­tive X, Elite and High­lander, a brown in­te­rior is $295 ex­tra for the High­lander and a panoramic sun­roof is $2000 more in the Elite.

Since its launch in late 2012, Hyundai has in­tro­duced a num­ber of run­ning changes and model year up­dates to its third-gen­er­a­tion Santa Fe, in­clud­ing a mid-life re­fresh in late 2015.

The Santa Fe had its best sales re­sult last year, with Hyundai shift­ing 7834 units, a 16-per­cent in­crease over its 2015 re­sult.

So far this year the age­ing SUV is track­ing 7.3 per­cent ahead of the first six months of last year, with 4717 sold.

It is the fifth best-seller in the sub$70,000 large-suv seg­ment so far in 2017, be­hind the Toy­ota Prado with 8657 sales, Subaru Out­back, 6225, Toy­ota Kluger, 5993 and Holden’s Cap­tiva, 5345 and just ahead of the Mazda CX-9, 4657.

– Rob­bie Wal­lis and Tim Nicholson

SANTA BABY: Hyundai has only upped the price on one of its Santa Fe vari­ants, with the Elite ris­ing by $1000 to $51,990.

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