The new Santa Fe Hybrid takes the large SUV segment by storm with its bold and stylish design. No sacrifices have been made here in this Californian vehicle, combining ruggedness and refinement into a masterfully crafted package that is sure to make any road trip more enjoyable. Experience versatility in the Santa Fe to open your possibilities, from a bigger design that accounts for every passenger to an engine that hungers to go further.
The new Santa Fe Hybrid is an example of how technology can be used to make your car more efficient and comfortable. The reimagined design of the battery under the passenger seats gives you extra power while creating more space than in previous models. This practical space within becomes even more accessible with easy access to the second row of seats via a simple button toggle – simple but understated. Driver peace of mind is also provided via sensors to monitor those rear seats, alerting whether there is movement after the car has been locked.
Class-leading interior luminance is another helpful feature in the Santa Fe to provide easy visibility across the entire living space. Three-step ventilation systems on the front seats as found on the Ultimate trim are a welcome addition to support long drives, but before you take off you can make the most of the advanced battery management system to give you complete control over how and when you charge the plug-in hybrid – you can tailor the Santa Fe to work around your schedule and budget.
Step into the Santa Fe and discover a new level of comfort and connectivity. The interior update is marked by a dynamic, fully digital 12.3” display cluster behind the steering wheel, displaying hybrid health, range and more. Welcome to the new update is a ‘floating’ 10.25” centre console on the dash, flowing seamlessly into the leather cover pad below to accentuate the premium feel of the cabin. Accurate traffic information, easily navigable entertainment and more are accessible with a simple command.
Wireless phone charging is among the many small but significant updates that propel the Santa Fe into a new light of family-sized convenience. On-board WIFI seems like a match made in heaven for a longer journey, allowing even those at the very back to experience the best of what the Santa Fe has to offer. Peeking into the Ultimate trim unveils a heads-up display which projects important information like speed, navigation commands and warnings directly onto the windscreen, allowing you to maintain stress-free focus on what’s important.
No sacrifices have been made in the Santa Fe when you begin your journey. Fuel efficiency has moved to the next level with a dynamic pairing of 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection and a powerful battery-powered electric motor. By switching between the two power sources automatically, the Santa Fe will always be operating in the most efficient way possible no matter where you are. The plug-in hybrid and hybrid variants will be available in a 6-speed automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive to provide a total power output of 265PS.
The Santa Fe is also available in a 2.2-litre diesel variant, delivering the same trustworthy efficiency that we’re looking for. This engine features a reduced weight and pairs with a Dual Clutch Transmission to provide ideal performance for everyday driving and towing. A newfound level of adaptability in the Santa Fe will give you the confidence to tackle whatever the road throws at you. Fine-tune the 4WD characteristics to adapt engine torque, gear shift patterns and more against snow, sand, or mud. Additionally, the option to choose between Sport, Eco or Comfort modes can allow you to create instant performance, efficiency, or relaxation at a moment’s notice.
You don’t just drive the Santa Fe; you live with it. A comprehensive protection package gives you peace of mind with an updated airbag design system that accounts for all seating and more. Hyundai’s SmartSense technology will consistently renew your feeling of safety with a bundle of industry-leading active features such as including rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and more.
With such a well-formulated, liveable interior, the optional Luxury pack on the Santa Fe is a generous upgrade that allows you to take your taste in style further. Here, you’ll find Nappa leather seats and suede additions to bring an extra level of comfort and personalisation inside. The genuine brushed aluminium finish on the centre console also provides a uniqueness that’s hard to ignore. A second screen navigation system as well as commands for setting your comfort levels to your preferences is provided in the pack, but if that’s not enough, then perhaps the heated seats will round out the liveability of this incredible SUV.