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New generation Santa Fe takes Hyundai to the next level

 Published 2nd August 2018
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The Hyundai Santa Fe has ridden off into the sunset. That's a shame for anyone looking for a big, comfy, well equipped SUV that represents excellent value for money. But not to worry, there's a new Santa Fe heading this way and it officially goes on sale on 1 September.

It's still a big, comfy SUV but now it boasts new equipment levels, upgraded engine, new exterior styling, and a new interior focused on space and premium materials. The new generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe has gone all refined and elegant. And seven seater.

From the distinctive Hyundai cascading grille to the new light design, the new Santa Fe is as good looking and elegant as any European SUV.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

The power comes from a 2.2-litre diesel engine that features a new catalytic reduction system, NOx trap, and new particulate filter that reduces emissions without reducing the 200bhp and 440Nm of torque. CO2 emissions range from around 150g/km to 164g/km depending on the exact specification. For a big SUV those figures are more than acceptable to keep running costs at manageable levels.

You can also choose whether to bolt it to either a six-speed manual or an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, and opt for either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. Go for the 4WD option and there's also a new option to manually control power distribution between front and rear wheels to get you out of sticky situations. Automatic versions also offer smart cruise control for those long motorway journeys.

In terms of equipment, the entry-level SE model benefits from 7 seats, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, privacy glass, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, automatic windscreen wipers, DAB radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Smart High Beam Assist. That's an impressive list for the base model.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

There is also a mid-range Premium version which adds bigger 18-inch wheels, keyless entry, LED headlights, electric seats and tailgate, and satnav. For those going the full nine yards you can always opt for the range-topping Premium SE and get all of the above plus panoramic roof, 19-inch alloys, head-up display, and a few extra options.

Now you're interested we can get to the best bit. While the Hyundai Santa Fe may come with the looks and equipment of an SUV at the higher end of the market, it doesn't necessarily come with the high-end price tag. Prices for the entry-level SE start from just over £33k and go up to £43k for the top of the range model. Yes, you can add to that with metallic paint and a few other options, but even if you do the price is still favourably comparable to its rivals.

All of which means there is likely to be a long line of people waiting to get there hands on the new Hyundai Santa Fe come September. If you fancy joining them then the sooner you pick up the phone and call us, the sooner we can get you behind the wheel of your brand new SUV.

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