2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: fam­ily friendly SUV comes su­perbly equipped

Asian Journal - - WORLD - By Asian Jour­nal Auto Ed­i­tor

The new 2019 Santa Fe is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Korean au­tomak­ers ex­cel­lent SUV and ar­rives with a new look, more tech­nol­ogy and a plethora of in­no­va­tive safety fea­tures. It now fea­tures a more co­he­sive vis­age with its confident, sleek lines, larger hon­ey­comb grille and cool look­ing twin head­lights. The new five-seater Santa Fe is tad big­ger by 70 mm in length, and ar­rives in a new range of brighter color op­tions and with a se­lec­tion of wheel sizes and de­sign for some semi cus­tomiza­tion. It is also lighter with more alu­minum and high-strength steel in the body struc­ture and sus­pen­sion. Prices start at $28,999 for the Es­sen­tial trim level with front-wheel drive and a 2.4-litre, four-cylin­der, 185 horse­power en­gine. There are ac­tu­ally two en­gine op­tions in the range, the 2.4-litre unit, and a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der with 235 hp and 260 lb.ft. torque. There is also a new eight speed trans­mis­sion. There are four trim lev­els to choose from: Es­sen­tial, Pre­ferred ($35,099), Luxury ($41,899) and the fully loaded Ul­ti­mate as tested at $44,999.

The $35,099 Pre­ferred comes stan­dard with AWD and the 2.4-litre en­gine with the turbo en­gine as a $2,000 op­tion. The Luxury and Ul­ti­mate come stan­dard with AWD and the 2.0-litre turbo. As al­ways with Hyundai, equip­ment lev­els in all mod­els are ex­cel­lent, with heated front seats, steer­ing wheel, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto as stan­dard through­out the Ul­ti­mate model as tested added: two tone Leather heated and ven­ti­lated seats, Power tail­gate, LED ex­te­rior lights, In­fin­ity 12 speaker au­dio sys­tem, Dual zone au­to­matic con­trol, Bluelink telem­at­ics, Adap­tive cruise con­trol, prox­im­ity key­less en­try, head up dis­play, wire­less charg­ing and much more.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe fea­tures nine ad­vanced safety fea­tures in the Luxury and Ul­ti­mate trims. As well as For­ward col­li­sion-avoid­ance as­sist, there is also 360-de­gree sur­round view cam­era, and a rear park­ing warn­ing, rear-traf­fic alert, and blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, Hyundai adds pedes­trian de­tec­tion, and a “safe-exit as­sist” that blocks the back door if bikes or au­tos are sensed com­ing. Mean­while, the rear-oc­cu­pant alert sys­tem warns a driver if there’s move­ment in­side the rear of the ve­hi­cle when ex­it­ing so as not to for­get an in­fant or a pet! If move­ment is sensed in the back seat, the lights flash, the will ac­ti­vate and your cell phone can be no­ti­fied via Hyundai’s Bluelink app over a cer­tain time in­ter­val.

The Santa Fe in­te­rior is marked by plenty of room both front and rear with good sight lines all around. The cock­pit and dash fea­tures a neat lay­out and log­i­cal, er­gonomic con­trols. The Ul­ti­mate model gains a classy two tone in­te­rior, an eight-inch touch­screen for nav­i­ga­tion and in­fo­tain­ment. Hyundai’s Bluelink telem­at­ics sys­tem al­lows for full con­nec­tiv­ity via your phone, as well as fea­tures such as re­mote start. Mean­while a huge panoramic roof al­lows for plenty of light to flood the airy cabin. The com­fort­able front seats of­fer heat­ing cool­ing, a power ex­tend­able seat cush­ions and 10 way power ad­just­ment.

The rear com­part­ment is also roomy with a seat that splits 60/40 and folds com­pletely flat. The rear seat also moves fore-and-aft if needed. There is also a hid­den un­der floor cargo area as well for valu­ables. The Ul­ti­mate also of­fers a power tail­gate that can be opened by sim­ply stand­ing close to the tail­gate for around three sec­onds.

On the road, the Santa Fe lighter weight and tighter, stiffer chas­sis of­fer a de­cent enough ride with very lit­tle body roll, The so­phis­ti­cated AWD sys­tem is linked to the three drive modes — Smart, Com­fort and Sport which ad­just en­gine and trans­mis­sion pa­ram­e­ter and front-torear torque split in the four-wheel drive sys­tem ac­cord­ing to drive mode. Front-to-rear torque bias varies de­pend­ing on the drive mode. Smart of­fers bet­ter fuel econ­omy switch­ing to Front wheel Drive, while Sport splits grip 50/50 for bet­ter han­dling. Com­fort is the best set­ting for all-around ev­ery­day use in my opin­ion. Brakes are also ap­plied be­tween the right and left wheels to sta­bilise the ve­hi­cle when brak­ing in a turn. The Hyundai of­fers a de­cent turn of speed and confident han­dling for ev­ery­day fam­ily use. Fuel con­sump­tion is rated at: l/100 km: 2.0 litre Turbo 4WD — 12.3 / 9.8. Reg­u­lar fuel. Not a lot to com­plain about with the Santa Fe, but rather lot to cel­e­brate. For fam­i­lies who value space, ver­sa­til­ity and bang for the buck.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Priced from $28,999 $44,999. Ul­ti­mate model as tested -$44,999. More info: Hyundai.ca

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