You might covet the premium pantechnicons that are the practical Volvo XC90 or the suave Audi Q7, but if your budget doesn’t extend to one, even used one, then can we introduce you to the Hyundai Santa Fe?

This fourth-generation version takes everything that made previous cars so promising – space, practicality and affordability – and adds a bit of style and an extra dollop of sophistication into the mix.

When it was introduced three years ago, this seven-seater offered only one engine: a 197 hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel, with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It was punchy and enjoyable and got the Santa Fe to cover 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds and officially come back to 41.5 mpg. It also behaved well, although it was better suited to cruising than winding country roads, and it was comfortable to drive at all speeds.

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The trim levels were only two. Premium provided an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite navigation system, heated leather seats (front and rear) and a heated steering wheel. Premium SE (later renamed Ultimate) added subtleties such as ventilated front seats and a panoramic roof.

Inside, the driving position was good, with many adjustments to the steering and the seat; full lumbar adjustment was standard. Interior quality was also impressive, and a decently responsive 10.3in touchscreen was standard.

Where the Santa Fe really stood out was in its interior space. Up front it was roomy and airy, as was the second row, while the two rearmost seats were more than big enough for mid-sized adults for shorter trips.

With five seats in use, the trunk space was extremely generous, at 571 liters. When the middle row was lowered, that figure rose to 1,649 liters. Even with each seat in place, there was enough room to appeal to most families.

Hyundai has significantly updated the Santa Fe for 2021, ushering in even sharper styling and two new powertrains: a regular hybrid (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The first uses a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 227 hp, while the second has the same engine with a more powerful engine for 261 hp. As you would expect, these hybrids are economical. The HEV officially gives 44.1 mpg and the PHEV an incredible 173.7 mpg, although to reach such a figure you will have to keep your trips short and reload after each trip.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-07-22 05:01:23

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