Hyundai Santa Fe - Test Drive
Firstly introduced in 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe was based on Sonata's platform. This mid-size crossover fitted perfectly into the market niche. It fell right between the Tucson and Terracan. Well priced, easy to drive and good equipped, It became serious competitor to other SUVs in this segment.
Because of the reasons above, Hyundai Santa Fe caught our attention and we decided to test drive it. Hyundai Santa Fe Comfort 2.2CRDi, manual 5 speed gearbox. When we took the first look, it captured our attention with the awesome body shape. I thought "if it goes like it looks, it will be perfect". SUVs seem to look prettier in black, I do not know why people buy big cars in other colors. 17 inch rims are nothing special, with their 235/65 tires, but they fit good at this vehicle. All in all it is off road SUV, not sport type car.
Inside the SUV
The interior is made from quality materials, there is no annoying noises even on the bumpy roads. Driver's position is excellent, also the ergonomics. Dashboard looks little harder to our taste, but the silver applications make it look sweet. The equipment is not amazing, but it is good enough for this type of vehicles and it is very functional. From the "options list" we recommend
- Metallic paint
- Automatic Air Conditioning
- Solar Front Windows
- Cruise Control
Although the vehicle is 6+1, I think that the 3rd row seats is very uncomfortable. Besides that, there is enough leg room on the 2nd row seats even for people taller than 185 cm. The rear seat can be split 60/40, double folding and totally flat floor. Trunk capacity compared to other mid-sized SUVs is enormous 774 liters. And 2274 liters maximum.
Rearview mirrors help driver a lot with the parking backwards in tight places. Windshields are big enough and you can see where you drive.
On the Road
It is extraordinary nice to drive with good handling, direct and informative steering and excellent road behaviour, thanks to the good balance and the stiff suspension. Although it is four cylinder diesel, the big SUV does not feel sluggish. It goes round the corners easy, there is enough power to overtake at the straights and to continue accelerate up to the hills. We loved the manual gearbox. Nice and easy to use, smooth changing, it is not going like ordinary SUV.
It goes amazing 8.3 liter per 100 kilometers combined cycle (28,3 miles/gallon).
Off the Road
Although the owner didn't let us to drive her SUV over the rocky hills, we tried a dirt road with a lot of mud. TCS helped us very much. It comes in standard and in my opinion, it is very useful. The system adjusts the throttle and apply brakes to prevent wheel spin, priceless, when you go steep hills. It also lets us drive with more confidence on wet surfaces. Helps you to maintain the traction, when you accelerate. It is not very complicated, when a wheel begins to slip the system reduces the engine power and/or applies the brakes to that wheel, effectively rerouting power to the wheel that has greater traction.
In conclusion, I would like to say that everybody from our team loved the Santa Fe. Great SUV at great price. We hope that Hyundai will continue to make customers happy by making good cars.
|Wheel Base||2700 mm|
|Front wheel width||1615 mm|
|Rear wheel width||1620 mm|
|Ground Clearance||201 mm|
|Trunk Capacity maximum||2274 l|
|Trunk Capacity minimum||774 l|
|Engine Position||Front, transversely|
|Max Power||150 h.p.|
|Cylinder diameter||87.0 mm|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|0-100 km/h||11.6 s|
|City Cycle||9.6 l/100km|
|Highway Cycle||6 l/100km|
|Combined Cycle||7.3 l/100km|
|Ecology Standard||EURO III|
|Fuel tank||75 l|
|Automobile weight - equipped||1823 kg|
|Maximum weight||2520 kg|