January 27, 2021

Hyundai’s New Santa Fe SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander
Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander

Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater SUV has been upgraded and restyled for 2021 and comes complete with extra luxury touches, upgrades to standard technology, additional safety features, and significant powertrain improvements.

The four-variant line-up continues with the base model, Active and Elite variants, and the flagship Highlander.

Power choices are two SmartStream engines – a 3.5-litre petrol V6 and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel four, available for each variant.

The naturally aspirated V6 consumes 10.5L/100km on the official combined cycle, down from 10.6L/100km for the previous version. The common-rail direct-injection four-cylinder uses 6.1L/100km on the official combined cycle, which represents a fuel economy improvement of 19 per cent compared with the preceding turbo-diesel automatic pairing (7.5L/100km).

New Santa Fe features Hyundai’s HTRAC Advanced All-Wheel-Drive system. HTRAC features an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The AWD system apportions drive based on wheel- and vehicle-speed inputs.

Standard features include an 8.0-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a colour instrument cluster display, and wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charging. Also standard are a rear view camera, rear park distance warning system, tyre pressure monitoring system, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.

Standard safety systems are strong too. SmartSense technologies includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning (FCA-JT), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA) systems. There are also Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) systems, and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.

A Remote Smart Parking Assist System is available on Highlander variants.

The Santa Fe Active model includes leather appointed seats and dashboard, a front park distance warning system and dual-zone climate control.

The Elite introduces a 10.25-inch navigation unit featuring DAB+ digital radio, premium audio by Harman Kardon, a hands-free Smart Power Tailgate, and 20-inch alloys.

The flagship 2021 Santa Fe Highlander introduces a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, a Surround View Monitor, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, heated steering wheel, body-coloured wheel arch cladding and exclusive 20-inch alloys.

In addition, Highlander features Head-Up Display, Blind-Spot View Monitor, panoramic glass sunroof, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist systems.

The 2021 Santa Fe is available in eight mica and metallic paint colours.

Along with the new Palisade 8-seater SUV, the 2021 Santa Fe leads Hyundai’s ‘18 models in 18 months’ campaign which will include seven SUVs by the end of 2021, encompassing EV, FCEV and Hybrid powertrains. The latter is set to be adopted by Santa Fe in the second half of next year.