HYUNDAI SANTA FE REVIEWS | 2013 – 2019 MODELS
Read and compare reviews on the Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 – 2019 Model from top New Zealand automotive journalists on trusted websites.
2018 – 2019 MODEL
First drive: a touch of class with the Hyundai Santa Fe
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: PAUL OWEN | PHOTOS: MATTHEW HANSEN
Mechanically, there is nothing new about Hyundai’s new fourth-generation Santa Fe.
The stronger new platform that underpins it, the smoother eight-speed automatic gearbox that enlivens it, and the new steering system that so emphatically directs it were all debuted in this market by the new-gen Kia Sorento earlier this year.
The difference is that the latest Santa Fe comes with an extra layer of electronic features, including a Wi-Fi-independent app that’ll allow you to monitor it by remote control from your phone. Add that to other new tricks like rear-seat occupant alert (prevents you leaving a pet or a child in the locked car to cook), safe exit assist, front and rear collision avoidance assist, blind-spot avoidance assist, and a host of others that comprise a package Hyundai calls Smartsense, and there’s little doubt that this is a highly artificially-intelligent new SUV.
The chief geek at Hyundai Automotive New Zealand, Gavin Young, is probably being only a little generous with the truth when he hails it as “the most technologically advanced SUV on the market right now.”
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited – going premium
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY | PHOTOS: TOM GASNIER
Hyundai’s Santa Fe renews for the fourth time and it’s bigger and more luxurious than ever. The top model again nudges past the $80k mark, making it amongst the priciest in the segment. Worth it then?
It’s now customary that a new generation of vehicle arrives bringing more of everything. Usually that’s more refinement, space, comfort and safety, at least if it’s a family wagon a.k.a a large SUV.
Hyundai’s Santa Fe has been ferrying families about for the past two decades and it’s now a bigger bus, growing in length, width and wheelbase to deliver more interior space. Adapting to market preference, all three variants (Entry, Elite and Limited) come with all wheels driven and seven seats.
Buyers can opt for a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol or a 2.2-litre turbodiesel, both carryover engines. Santa Fe was an early adopter of diesel in the large SUV market (we’re talking unibody crossovers here) and it’s still the popular choice. Hyundai’s R Series diesel has been around for some time and with constant tinkering it’s still a fine engine, made better with the upgrade to an eight-speed auto.
The Santa Fe also makes the leap to more modern underpinnings, now sharing the platform of the Kia Sorento and benefitting from an improved AWD system.
2013 – 2018 MODEL
Hyundai Santa Fe 2013-2018 used car review
SOURCE: TRADEME | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS / PHOTOS: RICHARD EDWARDS (AUTO MEDIA GROUP)
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a sizeable seven-seat SUV. It is well built and features a punchy turbocharged diesel engine.
This Hyundai Santa Fe is the third generation of the model. It grew larger from the previous model, which allows it to compete with models like the Toyota Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9. While there were five-seat models, most have a third row, bring the total to seven. While the Santa Fe looks like it has off-road ability, it is primarily on-road , and some models are front-wheel drive only.
The Santa Fe looks big and purposeful, with a vast metallic bar grille, and prominent guards with black plastic trims. Large alloy wheels are standard. The front foglights are almost as big as the headlights and are fringed with LED daytime driving lights. There are also indicator strips in the wing mirrors.
Inside, the Santa Fe feels solid and well built, although some of the dashboard plastics have a slightly cheap look. For an SUV the dash has a sporty shape, with the centre section angled down into the centre console. The gauges sit in a pair of exaggerated, shapely pods. The gauges themselves are clear and easy to read. In the centre console is the integrated stereo, with USB connectivity for mobile phones and media players, and the climate control air-conditioning.