Review: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy
Giving you all the details on Hyundai's new top trim of the Santa Fe model line.
I recently had the keys to a brand new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy and happened to take it on a mini road trip to the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland. Being stuck in a vehicle for 4+ hours each way makes me want to tell you everything about this new top trim of the Santa Fe model line.
What you get
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy comes powered by a 2.5 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine giving you 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The engine is controlled at your finger tips by a 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission and its power makes its way down to every wheel via the all-wheel-drive system.
The interior cocoons you in luxury. You get a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25 inch navigation screen, heated & ventilated front seats, and heated steering wheel and rear seats.
The Calligraphy trim is the top trim of the Santa Fe line and adds an eco-suede microfiber headliner, Nappa leather seats, a perforated and leather wrapped steering wheel, expanded interior accent lighting, and a full color heads up display. For outside of the vehicle it gives it a dark chrome accent front grille and dark chrome satin door handles.
I could go on and on sounding like I am reading the window sticker, so to get straight to the point check out my detailed walkthrough of the interior of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy below:
What I think about the Santa Fe Calligraphy
The best thing going with the 2021 Santa Fe Calligraphy is the value you get for the cost. You get so much for barely $40k. Some other brands will make you pay well over $100k for the quality of where you sit and the features at your finger tips. I will say there are some cringe plastics still apparent on the center console that keep it from achieving complete greatness, but overall it is a great luxury package.
I have to say some positive comments about the engine too. Crazy power can be found in other SUVs, but the engine gave me vibes as if you crammed the Veloster N engine (though a different size) in a mid size SUV, tune it down a bit, and this is what you would get. It even has a catch you off guard start up/idle exhaust note that belongs on a hatchback or something not a mid size SUV. It is welcome, but I feel like it chews away at the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, which isn't that great.
Along with that engine is that 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission which I can only say great things about. They give you paddles, but just leave it in auto and let it do its thing.
Something I personally hate about it is the drive modes. I am a drive mode guy. If you are going to do it, then do it right. I couldn't really feel any measurable difference when going through the modes. The only change is from Comfort to Sport, completely changes the look of the information cluster. What you cannot feel at least you can see.
Finally, that exterior. In my opinion it looks good and the Calligraphy trim only enhances all the good.
I will leave you with the best comment I can give when reviewing a car. This thing is on the short list for a vehicle to replace my wife's current daily driver. A lot of these cars I would buy, but few I might actually buy and this is one of them.