Hyundai Santa Fe

Starting price $39,350
Georgie savings $2,254 - $6,746

The range

The following cars match your search:

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Active

5 Door Wagon
4 Cylinder, 2.4 Litre
Manual
4X4 On Demand
L/100km

Starting from $39,350

Save: $2,361 - $4,329

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Active X

5 Door Wagon
6 Cylinder, 3.3 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
L/100km

Starting from $40,990

Save: $2,254 - $4,509

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Active X

5 Door Wagon
6 Cylinder, 3.3 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
L/100km

Starting from $40,990

Save: $2,254 - $4,509

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Active X

5 Door Wagon
6 Cylinder, 3.3 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
L/100km

Starting from $40,990

Save: $2,254 - $4,509

Review

Hyundai has reimagined its classic Santa Fe to compete against the likes of the Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9 in the cutthroat family SUV category.  Lucky for us it brings its rather sleek game face.

The last year has seen a bevvy of new babes rolling down the highway, keeping kiddies safe and entertained right throughout peak hour.  In fact, the mid-range SUV category has gotten so crowded of late that the trusty Santa Fe has felt the need for a bit of nip and tuck lest it fall prey to a younger model.  

In reality, the South Korean wagon is one of the oldest cars in its class, which is why Hyundai has treated it to a full style and tech update.  The result has us looking at the old gal with fresh eyes and nod of approval.

 

 

Take us to cougar town

Outwardly, the new car has gained some revised head and taillights, catlike in appearance with a small row of LED lights to frame a fresh grille.  It seems Ms Santa Fe has also been treated to a bootycamp with restyled bumper and dual exhaust, fresh alloys, and a sexy-but-subtle curve across the rear.

 

More than skin deep

You’d be mistaken if you thought the Santa Fe’s changes were merely about looks.  Though the car’s sturdy fundamentals remain unchanged, Hyundai has updated the car’s engine and suspension, as well as introducing some fancy new cabin technology.  

Even the entry-level Active model features a new 7.0 inch touchscreen stereo with voice commands for Apple and Android phones.  There’s also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which brings all of the infotainment of your phone to your car (think voice-activated calls and messaging, navigation, and music to name just a few features).  Although the dash looks a little spacey, most commands are easy enough to master and won’t leave you feeling like a tech disaster.  

At the top end of the range, models such as the Santa Fe Highlander gain the most bells and whistles.  New features include a suite of active drive aids, such as emergency braking, forward collision warning, cruise control, blind spot detection, lane changing assistance, and more.  These additions make the Santa Fe one of the safest cars in its category, though it is disappointing to see that the car’s third row is still missing airbag protection (rows one and two are both happily covered).  

 

 


 

Our verdict

The Santa Fe might have been overshadowed by its competitors in recent years, but it has most certainly come back swinging with a fat suite of safety and technology features.  It also boasts a sexy new body that helps bring the car into the present.  Hyundai’s changes build on an already great platform that make the car well worth considering for busy families looking to combine function with style.  

Despite its size, the Santa Fe keeps you feeling in control with excellent visibility thanks to an expansive windscreen and well-designed rear, offering a great over-the-shoulder view.  Rear parking sensors are standard across the range, although you’ll need to upgrade to more premium models for a reversing camera and front sensors.  

 

5 specs you need to know

  1. Even glorious seats will give the kids plenty of room in the back
  2. There’s an impressive amount of boot space
  3. Custom sunshades cover both rear windows so baby can snooze
  4. Five star ANCAP rating
  5. Lane departure warning technology

 

Pros

  • Stylish interior
  • Fuel efficient diesel engine
  • Low running costs

 

Cons

  • Curtain airbags do not reach the third row
  • Updated model not far away

 

 

 

 

 

Review

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