Mild refresh and new hybrid power for Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe has got a refresh for 2021 as well as a new hybrid powertrain
The Santa Fe is the largest SUV from the Korean company sold in the UK, and is based on the Kia Sorento. So Once we got the latest generation of that car, it was inevitable that we would see a new or refreshed Santa Fe. This is the first Eu model to move to "Third Generation Architecture" improving performance, efficiency and safety.
For the facelift Hyundai has made some very subtle changes to the car, mainly at the front end. The cars lower front lights the main ones, are now integrated into the grille, therefore giving a more bold front end. The bumper has also been tweaked slightly in a similar vein as well as a new chrome strip running the length of the grille round under the lights. Around the back there are a few slight tweaks to the bumper, however this really is just a Facelift.
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Inside the Santa Fe is where most of the changes have gone. Lets start with screens, the infotainment screen is now much bigger than before, with an updated interface to match. There is also the addition of a new digital driver display, akin to that of the Sorento, an improvement on the part digital display of the pre facelift. The centre console is also much improved compared to the older model, it looks like a bank of buttons that you'd find in a plane with a bit of imagination. Overall, the design definitely isn't as interesting as its Kia counterpart, however in terms of Hyundai, its a big step on.
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Engines and trims.
The most changes to this car are beneath the big flat panels and carpets. As with the Sorento this car can be bought as a plug in hybrid and a normal hybrid for the first time ever. the latter consists of 1.6 turbo petrol- named "Smartstream"- and a 59 Bhp motor with a 1.49kW lithium ion battery for a total output of 227bhp. The PHEV has the same engine with a more powerful 90bhp electric motor and a An13.8kWh battery pack. The WLTP cycle recons a range of 36miles, in the real world you can expect something in the mid to high 20s. There is also a 2.2 Diesel on offer for driver who need to tow heavy loads. It also features a new 8 speed DCT transmission for better efficiency. The car is available in 2 trims for now, Premium and ultimate. Both come loaded with kit including 17in alloy wheels, electric heated mirrors, LED lights all round, heated front and rear seats and dual-zone climate control on the premium. If you opt for the top spec car you also get a 360deg parking camera, additional driver safety aids, remote park assist and a 12.3in digital instrument panel with a head-up display. Many of these usually reserved for cars £10,000 more.
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The Hybrid will start at £40,205 with the Plug in at around £45,000. These are big number for a Hyundai, however its loaded with kit and in my eyes a great family car.
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