Prices and specifications for the all-new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV have been announced following its unveiling earlier this year. The Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail rival will be available to order from 1 September, with prices starting from £33,425.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered in three trim levels at launch: SE (from £33,425), Premium (from £36,995) and top-spec SE Premium (from £41,495). SE gets a decent amount of standard equipment, including seven seats, 17-inch alloys, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, automatic wipers and an infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and auto-dipping headlights are also included on all models. Automatic Kona SEs also get adaptive cruise control and an electronic parking brake.
Premium adds 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and go, LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and a powered tailgate, along with a 10-speaker KRELL stereo paired to an eight-inch infotainment screen with sat nav. A range of safety systems are also added, including blind-spot detection and braking assistance.
The step to Premium SE adds 19-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats with driver memory function and a head-up display, along with a 360-degree camera on automatic models.Engines, performance and economy
All Hyundai Santa Fes use the same 2.2-litre diesel engine with 197bhp, which can be specified with a six-speed manual or new eight-speed automatic gearbox and a choice of two or four-wheel drive, depending on the trim level. SE cars are front-wheel-drive only, while Premium cars can be specified with any combination of gearbox and driven wheels. Premium SE customers get a choice between two or four-wheel-drive automatics only.
All versions of the new Hyundai Santa Fe manage 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds, with the fastest combination being the automatic gearbox with front-wheel drive. All have a top speed of 127mph.
All models achieve a claimed 47.1mpg fuel economy, irrespective of their driven wheels or gearbox. However, CO2 emissions vary: manual two and four-wheel drive cars emit 150 and 158g/km respectively, while automatics emit 157g/km with front-wheel drive or 164g/km with four-wheel drive.
The Hyundai Santa Fe uses a system to vary the amount of power sent to the wheels to improve stability, acceleration and fuel efficiency, and traction on snow, gravel and tarmac surfaces. Up to 50% of the engine’s pulling power can be sent to the rear wheels, as required.
Hyundai claims to have improved the car’s suspension and steering to improve responsiveness, stability, comfort and quietness.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the new Santa Fe will get a hybrid setup, but Hyundai and sister brand Kia have stated they want to offer 31 low-emission vehicles by 2020; fitting an electric motor and batteries to a conventional petrol or diesel engine is a good way to achieve their goal.Hyundai Santa Fe design
When it arrives, the Hyundai Santa Fe will continue to be Hyundai’s flagship in the UK, offering buyers an alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Nissan X-Trail. As such, it features even sharper looks than its predecessor, while continuing to boast the seven-seat practicality SUV buyers increasingly favour. The look of the new Santa Fe will point the way for the styling of the firm"s forthcoming SUVs.
Hyundai has clearly sharpened things up for the new car. The side profile is dominated by bold lines, giving a swept-back look that’s very on-trend for the market. Dramatic wheelarches and chrome detailing also feature, as well as LED headlights.
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The car has a large front grille with separate units for the main headlights and daytime running lights. Hyundai describes the rear as "confident and stable", with two exhaust tailpipes and a "voluminous bumper design".Interior
The interior is a marked improvement over the outgoing car, with a more up-to-date look. Images released by Hyundai show a particularly upmarket dashboard, although the trim shown is likely to be reserved for higher-spec models.
The new car is 7cm longer and 1cm wider than the current car, but more tellingly, the wheelbase – the distance between the front and rear wheels – has increased to grow interior space. Hyundai promises more boot space too.Technology
Predictably, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will improve upon the current car when it comes to technology. A head-up display, which beams essential information on to the windscreen in the driver’s eye-line, will be available, as will wireless smartphone charging.
Three infotainment systems will be available, including an optional eight-inch touchscreen that will incorporate Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rear-view camera.
Other available tech will include Rear Occupant Alert, which can detect the presence of children or pets in the rear seats to alert the driver when leaving the vehicle, and Safety Exit Assist, which works like blind-spot recognition when opening the car’s doors.
More familiar kit will include rear cross-traffic warning to prevent crashes when reversing out of parking spaces or driveways; autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot recognition.