Hyundai has never been behind when it comes to developing technology. The South Korean Motor Company has always been on the far front leading the evolution and development of cars. So it is not surprising to see how the fluid technology has massively improved the Hyundai Santa Fe. Critics have always praised the car for its practicality and intellect but it was never anyone’s dream car. But, it is all to change with the new Hyundai Santa Fe R 2.2L CRDi 2 Wheel Drive Automatic. The new model is beautifully designed and has done away with the sharp edges completely. The vehicle looks very soothing on the eyes and the new Hyundai Santa Fe is definitely one of the best looking crossover SUVs of India. The car is strong competition with the Audi Q3 and Toyota Fortuner. The price of the car ranges from 26.35 lakhs to 27.5 lakhs.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a 7-seater SUV with 40:20:40 split and the middle row seats are individually adjustable. The new model has the same 2.2 liter CRDi engine which belongs to the company’s very own ‘R’ series. The engine produces a maximum power of 197 PS and a maximum torque is 436 Nm at 1800-2500 rpm. The 6 speed auto gearbox is connected to the engine and the electronically controlled turbocharger works very quickly and experiences no lag what so ever. This automatic vehicle gives a mileage of 13.01 kmpl in cities.
Interiors and exteriors
The first thing one notices about the Santa Fe is its storm edge design which looks beautiful thanks to the fluidic design philosophy of Hyundai. It has the same three bar hexagonal grille at the front which gives it the contemporary South Korean design. The side look is absolutely amazing and is complimented perfectly with the 18 inch two tone Diamond cut alloy wheels. The muscular wheel arches, dual tone skid plates and the roof rails add to the sportiness of the vehicle. The rear also flaunts some changes such as the new LED lamps and a large reflector on the bumpers. The rear skid plate and the twin exhaust pipe give it the dynamic look. The Inside of the car is very surprising for anyone who has ever driven a Santa Fe or as a matter of fact any Hyundai. The vehicle is very elegantly designed with soft touch materials that offer a perfect return for your money. The seats are done in beautiful fabrics and due to its perched height give a commanding feel to the driver. The driver seat has 12-way power adjustability. The twin zone climate control works perfectly to cool the whole cabin. There is a 4.3 inch TFT screen at the dashboard and all the necessary features are set around the steering wheel.
To provide a comfortable ride, the car has incorporated Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Advance Traction Cornering Control (ATCC) which makes sure the car faces no problems while taking tight turns. Other safety features of the Hyundai Santa Fe include six airbags, Hill start assist, ABS, Downhill brake control and ESC.