Hyundai has revealed the UK version of its new Santa Fe, and Auto Express got access to the only car in the country. UK marketing manager Andrew Cullis was on hand to give us all the details ahead of the SUV’s arrival in showrooms in October.
Last year, 4,251 current Santa Fes were sold here, making Britain Europe’s largest market. And this new car is set to build on that, and take on rivals like the latest Mitsubishi Outlander, with a handsome new look, more standard kit and improved efficiency.
Cullis told us: “Some said the fluidic sculpture design language was too fussy, so this car is the first in a new direction that’s simplified, more premium and sophisticated.”
Although it uses the same 2,700mm wheelbase, the new Santa Fe is 40mm longer and 5mm wider. It’s also 45mm lower, while tricks like the flick in the window line and the roof spoiler give it a sportier stance.
“The interior has seen the most changes,” added Cullis. “People who opted not to buy the current car said they wanted a better ambience.” With a bold centre console and improved materials, the new model certainly delivers.
A third row of seats that folds into the boot floor is £1,400 extra (but includes self-levelling rear suspension). The middle bench slides back and forth, and there’s 534 litres of boot space with the front five seats in place and 991 litres with the rearmost two rows folded – 22 litres up on the old car.
A 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel is the only engine option. In the front-wheel-drive manual Santa Fe, this emits 155g/km of CO2; go for the 4WD auto, and it emits 178g/km.
The range starts at £25,495 for the 2WD manual car (an auto is a £1,700 option) in Style spec. This has 18-inch wheels, cruise control and adjustable steering. Premium models cost from £28,995 and add leather, sat-nav and a reversing camera. Premium SE cars come with seven seats, 19-inch wheels, xenon lights and a panoramic glass roof, and start at £32,695.