First Drive – Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai is keeping the name, Santa Fe for this model as it enters its third generation

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe has just gone on sale  in dealerships around the country. With sharper styling and excellent equipment it packs in a lot of features for the money.

What is it?  This is the third generation of Hyundai’s hugely successful Santa Fe, a car that has garnered so much favour with Irish buyers seeking a practical, economical and well equipped solution to family motoring.

First impressions of the new Hyundai Santa Fe It’s been to the gym and lost its rough and rugged look. The new model sports flowing lines and looks almost futuristic; it is longer, wider and sits lower than its predecessor.

What about the interior? Inside it looks just as good as the exterior. There is more room inside than in the previous version and the new Santa Fe can carry two adults and five children and still have 582 litres of luggage space.  This can rise to a max of 1,600 litres which is good to know before you make any trips to Ikea.

And on the road?
Hyundai Santa Fe and the city: Around town the new model delivers the right mix of comfort and performance while remaining smooth and sure footed on back roads.
Hyundai Santa Fe and the open road: Take it on the motorway and the engine is smooth and there are huge reserves of power.

How Much? Prices start at €36,995 for the 2 wheel drive version. Four wheel drive adds four thousand and the automatic gear box adds a further four. Prices rise to just under €49,000 for the Premium automatic.

How Safe?  As far as safety is concerned no shortcuts have been taken and the all-new Santa Fe offers a host of active safety systems to ensure drivers have the best chance of avoiding an accident.  These include ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (electronic stability programme), VSM (vehicle stability management), DBC (downhill brake control) and a hill-holder system. The Santa Fe is fitted with seven airbags as standard, including driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee units. For greater pedestrian safety, this is also the first Hyundai model to be equipped with an active hood, the bonnet rises to reduce the force of the collision and, thus, reduce the risk of injury.

What about my options: Hyundai has ensured that the all-new Santa Fe offers high level of equipment and technologies.  Only one engine is available, a 2.2.litre diesel with the option of two or four-wheel drive. Three trims are available, Comfort, Executive and Premium. Standard items include voice recognition Bluetooth, air con, and rear view camera. As you move up extras include leather seats, roof racks and rain sensors. Sat Nav and panoramic sunroof are included in the Premium trim.

3 words to describe the Hyundai Santa Fe; Stylish, Roomy, Frugal

For more information check out  Hyundai.ie or the Hyundai facebook page

10th October, 2012

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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