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Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe became the Korean brand SUV. It appeared in 2000, and since that time more than 2.5 million vehicles of two generations were sold. At the New York International Auto Show debuted the third generation of Santa Fe, and from 2014 the sales started in Europe and the United States. In Hyundai Santa Fe Review we are going to talk about the third generation.
With its swift silhouette the off-roader resembles a bit its younger brother, Tucson. It has a similar inclined windscreen, sloping shape of the roof and window lines with elegant bend in the area of the rear windows. Compared with its predecessor, the height was immediately reduced by 45 mm. However, Santa Fe looks more aggressive. It has a wide hexagonal grille and a severe “look” of slanting headlights. The rear window is panoramic; the hull back is visually expanded by the elongated lights. The standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels and 19-inch available as an option.
From now on, the car is offered in two versions: a shortened five-seat Santa Fe Sport (length 4690 mm and wheelbase of 2700 mm) and a seven-seat Santa Fe LWB, reaching 4905 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2800 mm. The latter comes to replace Hyundai ix55. The design widely uses lightweight steels and aluminum alloys. Due to this the rigidity increased by 16%, and the weight has been reduced by about 120 kg (up to 1665 kg in the basic version).
The brand new features can be seen in the Hyundai cabin. The front panel is shaped like a Latin letter V, and the black plastic is diluted by many silver inserts. The dials of the speedometer and tachometer are mounted in two separate wells. Narrow center console is crowned with an 8-inch touch screen multimedia system. The backlight of audio system and climate control buttons is pale blue. They are large and comfortable to use.
Front seats are soft and comfortable; they have improved lateral support and heating function in the base version. The five-seat version rear legroom compared to its predecessor increased by 45 mm, and in the seven-seater by 93 mm. The volume of Santa Fe Sport boot increased to 585 liters in a normal state. Rear seats are folded in the ratio 2: 1: 2, this helps to increase the compartment to 1570 liters.
There was a change in the engine range. The familiar 2.4-liter petrol “four” is now complemented by direct fuel injection, which raised its capacity to 193 hp. With it, the car accelerates to 100 km / h in 9.3 seconds, while fuel consumption is reduced to 11.8 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 6.9 l / 100 km - in a country.
For the first time Santa Fe is offered with 2.0-liter 264-hp turbo engine from the Sonata sedan. Its main advantage - a good thrust at low revs: maximum torque 360 Nm is available in the range of 1750-3000 rev / min. The “appetite” is almost the same as that of the 2.4-liter engine - 11.8 l / 100 km in town and 8.7 l / 100 km - on the highway. But the 3.3-liter V6, which develops 290 hp, is available exclusively for the extended off-road vehicle modification.
The new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine develops 150 hp. In addition to it Santa Fe is offered with familiar 2.2-liter 200-horsepower engine. This is enough to tow a trailer weighing 2.5 tons. The engine runs very smoothly, and it can’t be called noisy. The dynamics is also good - 9.8 seconds to 100 km / h. And fuel consumption is reduced to 7.5 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 5.2 l / 100 m - on the road.
Both diesel engine and 2.4-liter gasoline engine are equipped with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, while other versions are available only with “automatic”. Basic modification - front-wheel and all wheel drive is available for a fee. Among useful technologies there are: Downhill Brake Control, Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, and Flex Steer technology.
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