DRIVING and riding comfort are two aspects that are often overlooked when it comes to mobility. Sometimes, it’s just the matter of getting from Point A to Point B while looking formidable at it. Here are seven words and phrases that spell out what the upper end variant (2.2 CRDi GLS 8A/T 2WD High) of the Santa Fe high end is all about.
Style. From its imposing cascading grille with Hyundai’s signature honeycomb pattern, the bold character lines complementing its separated headlight design, the wheel air curtain and the lateral blocking of the rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics, down to its 19-inch alloy wheels, the Santa Fe is sure to command attention even from afar, minus the noise.
Agility and efficiency. When it comes to performance, the Santa Fe effortlessly gives out a maximum power of 200ps/441Nm from its 2.2L CRDi e-VGT diesel engine that meets the strict Euro 4 emission rating, lessening your carbon footprint for a more sustainable drive. Fuel efficiency in its DNA. The 8-speed automatic transmission means quicker response and more agility on the road without compromising fuel economy.
Notable comfort. The premium driving and riding experience comes from within. The monocoque or unibody structure offers greater stability, flexibility and ability to withstand stress without the noise and vibrations common to ladder-frame vehicles. The result? A calm, composed, and never rattled ride.
Technology. Santa Fe drivers are treated to a cockpit full of tech goodies that can make driving safer and more entertaining: the 7-inch floating type radio display with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, AUX-in, USB & Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition—which also serves as your Surround View Monitor, the wireless smartphone charging to make connectivity more convenient, the Head-up Display (HUD) that provides added safety and ease by projecting vehicle information on your windshield to minimize eye movement while driving, and the Automatic Power Tailgate System with Smart Sensors that detects your Key FOB and opens your tailgate when needed.
Accessibility. Its 7-seating cabin has comfortable plush leather seats, Automatic Recline & Slide Buttons to easily adjust legroom for the 2nd row seats, as well as armrests, air-conditioning controls and 12V socket charging for the 3rd row all add to a luxurious and very convenient interior. And when it comes to easy accessibility, the seats can also quickly respond to the Smart One-Touch Walk-in Button that automatically slides the 2nd row seats for passengers’ easy access to the 3rd row, as well as Smart One-Touch Folding Switch that can automatically fold the 2nd row seats down to increase luggage space.
Fierce durability. The Santa Fe’s body is made with Hyundai’s Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) which is 10 percent lighter, but twice as rigid as conventional steel. If the Santa Fe’s younger brother, the Tucson, remained intact from a fallen boulder thanks to its body made with 50 percent AHSS, then just imagine how durable the Santa Fe could be with its body composed of 68 percent AHSS! That’s why it’s not surprising that the Santa Fe has received a 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
Enhanced safety. Engineered with a durable structure and a series of smart technology driver features, it also comes with a 6-airbag system, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Downhill Brake Control and Electronic Parking Brake. It is packaged with a 5-Year unlimited mileage warranty.