Having had its preview at the KLIMS 2018 (Kuala Lumpur Motor Show), the New Hyundai Santa Fe was again the cherry on the cake at a local function organized by Hyundai Malaysia (Hyundai Sime Darby Motors). Now in its fourth-generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in two variants in petrol and diesel powertrains, Price starts from RM169,888.
In looks, the New Santa Fe has those recognizable Hyundai traits such as the cascading grille and sleekest of LED headlights with LED DRLs, both front and rear. From the side, the long wheelbase is evident with a short overhang and large wheel arch lines. At the rear, Hyundai tries to make it as compact as possible with a decent sculpture and attach it with chrome fixtures and extra elements. Lastly, wheel sizes are 19-inchers for good measures.
Inside, the cabin rivals that of the Continental makes by virtues of ‘plush-ness’, premium features and comfort. Furthermore there’s a new one-touch folding on second row seats, 8-way/10-way power seats at the front, leather dashboard trim, deluxe cloth/suede on the pillar, sun visor, roof trim, 7-inch supervision TFT LCD, floating-typed 7-inch display, power tailgate and wireless phone charger.
The New Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4l and 2.2 CRDi Turbo-diesel are paired to a 6-speed auto transmission and 8-speed auto transmission, respectively. The petrol unit has an output of 172PS and 225Nm of torque, while the turbo-diesel one punches 193PS and a maximum torque of 440Nm at 1,750-2,750rpm.
New driver’s systems available across the board include Rear Occupant Alert; Blind-Spot Collision Warning; Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning and Dynamic Bending Light. In addition, both variants offer these goodies: Smart One Touch Walk-in, Back Warning Camera, Parking Distance Warning (front & rear), Auto Light Control, Auto Cruise Control and a Roof Rack. With the top-flight Santa Fe (2,2 CRDi), you get HTRAC All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, which allows drive mode selection (Normal, Sport and Smart).
Loaded with primary and required safety features, the Santa Fe comes with your current requirements like ESC, VSM, Hillstart Assist, Downhill Brake Control, ABS wth Brake Assist, Traction Control and an immobilizer.
The New Santa Fe is priced from RM189,888 to RM211,888 with 5-year warranty and 3-year free service.