The Hyundai Santa Fe was first unveiled in 1999 in Detroit and
is Hyundai’s first crossover model. Since then, the Santa Fe
has enjoyed impressive sales year after year. The reasons
for its continued good results largely lie on Hyundai’s efforts
to update it regularly, its affordable pricing and good looks.
It lies between the
Hyundai Tucson and Veracruz in the lineup of the South
Korean automaker cars. The Santa Fe was first offered as a
compact crossover before being converted to a medium-size
crossover in 2006. The current model was redesigned in 2012 and
sold as a 2013 model.
Therefore, the facelift comes at a good time when the model had
already started to become rusty. Like the outgoing model, the
new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered in both
5-seater (Santa Fe Sport) and 7-seater cabin styles. The
7-seaters are 8.5 inches longer.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior
The current Santa Fe is an attractive vehicle. However, to
attract even more customers, Hyundai has tweaked the exterior
to look even more eye-catching. At the front, the automaker has
hooked up the vehicle with a gigantic bumper that is integrated
with modified fog lights and redesigned LED DRLs.
Above the bumper is a hexagonal-shaped, new 3-section chrome
grille. At the rear, the crossover features LED taillights and
a redesigned bumper integrated with rear fog lights. Its
exhaust pipe is attached with a chromed muffler. The Santa Fe
will ride on 17-inch light-alloy wheels but there is an option
for 19-inch wheels.
Dimension-wise, the vehicle has a length of 4,690 mm, width of
1,880 mm and a height of 1,675 mm. Its wheelbase spans 2,700 mm
and it has a ground clearance level of 185 mm.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
The interior is quite comfortable and luxurious. As said
earlier, the Santa Fe will either accommodate five or seven
passengers. The seats are power adjustable in four
spatial preferences while the driver’s seat is 10-way power
The rear passengers get more legroom unlike the outgoing
models. The vehicle comes with an 8.0-inch screen that controls
its multi-media system. At the cockpit, the vehicle features a
3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather; two cluster displays
are placed beneath the steering wheel. Its gear shifter is
wisely mounted to improve its ergonomics. The steering wheel is
also fitted with buttons that control its climate control
system, audio system as well as other functions of the vehicle.
For entertainment, the Santa Fe features AM/FM radio, a DVD/CD
player and a 6-speaker sound system. Other features include
satellite navigation and GPS monitoring. Connectivity
features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB ports are also
offered as standard.
For convenience, the vehicle is hooked up with a dual-zone
climate control, a cluster ionizer and an inbuilt cooler which
helps keep temperatures and the atmosphere in the cabin ideal.
In terms of its safety, the vehicle features multiple airbags,
a rearview camera, ABS, parking assist, traction and stability
control among others.
Engine Specs and performance
The Santa Fe comes in a choice of several drive-trains. The
first engine is a 2.2 L, 4-cylinder petrol engine capable of
190 hp. This engine is expected to return a fuel efficiency of
20 mpg city and 27 mpg on highway.
The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder petrol
engine which is capable of 265 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. It
is estimated to return 19 mpg on city streets and 27 mpg on
freeways in terms of fuel economy.
The third petrol engine is a 3.3 L, V-6 which can produce 290
hp but can be tweaked to produce up to 300 hp and 252 lb-ft of
torque. This engine is estimated to have a fuel economy of 20
mpg on combined drives.
There will also be two diesel engines on offer. The first
engine is a 2.0 L engine good for 184 hp and 297 lb-ft of
torque while the second engine is a 2.2 L unit which produces
200 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. There are also rumors of a
hybrid engine but the automaker has remained tightlipped about
it. The vehicle will have a top speed of 190 mph.
Price and release date
Hyundai is yet to release official information regarding the
2017 Santa Fe prices. However, according to rumors, the model’s
price will not change significantly from the current price.
Currently, the base model costs $ 30,400 with the top Limited
trim fetching $ 36,250. The model will first show its face at
the Frankfurt Auto Show before being released to dealerships
either in September or October this year.
This class is very competitive with almost every automaker
having a competing model. Competitors will include the Honda
Pilot, Jeep Cherokee, and its sister
Grand Cherokee, Ford
Forester and Outback,
Rav4 and Highlander,
Pathfinder and Murano