The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe will offer to its owners better equipment, better engine at even lower price. These are the main targets, which Hyundai aimed at.

The new 2.2 litre aluminium four-cylinder direct-injected diesel engine now has a class leading specifications. It develops 194bhp and 420 N/m of torque. The improvement is more than 26% compared to the previous engine. Combined with six-speed manual gearbox this engine catapults the big SUV from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds. That makes the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe the fastest seven-seat SUV you can buy for under £35,000. With improving the engine, the fuel consumption didn't suffer - Santa Fe can easily go up to 40mpg and has only 176g/km CO2. Obviously the new SUVs become greener, than several years older small hatchback. Santa Fe is also available with 6-speed automatic gearbox and the engine produces even more torques, because of the loses of automatic transmission.  Last the towing capacity of the SUV is increased with 300kg more than the previous model, up to 2,500kg.

The exterior has slight changes like the change of two bar grille at the front with chrome-edged three bar version. The car also received new headlight clusters, which sit above a new, more sculpted bumper which also houses new fog lights in a black surround. At the rear, Santa Fe got new bumper and more distinctive light clusters and trapezoidal exhaust pipes finishes the exterior changes.

There are two available levels of equipment for 2010 Santa Fe - level Style and higher spec Premium. . Style models are packed with standard equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing sensors, ESP and air conditioning are among the standard features, while moving up to Premium adds 18-inch wheels, dual climate control with rear controls on seven-seat versions, heated leather seats with electric adjustment for the driver and automated lights and wipers.

The seven-seat option costs only £750 on both Style and Premium models. Seven-seat versions are also fitted with a self-levelling rear suspension set up, rear privacy glass and roof rails as standard, while five-seat versions get a substantial under-floor storage area. The trunk capacity is even bigger than the previous model - 969 litres and the enormous 2,247 with all the seats folded.

The entry-level five-seat manual 2.2 CRDi Santa Fe Style starts at £21,495 (at the higher 17.5% VAT rate). Despite of the improvements in equipment levels and drivability, prices are actually lower compared with the outgoing model.

The service intervals have been doubled to 20,000 miles, which saves a lot of money. Also there are dropping from 29% to 26% tax rates, because of the lower CO2 emissions.

Last, but not least the 2010 Santa Fe enjoys the legendary five years unlimited mileage warranty.

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