Hyundai Santa Fe (2006–2012)
Hyundai launches new stretched Santa Fe with five or seven seats and bigger than the Tucson. 4675mm x 1890mm x 1725mm with maximum load capacity 2248 litres.
Upgraded 2.7 V6 petrol engine or new 150PS 2.2-litre common rail diesel with variable geometry turbo. On sale in the UK from mid April 2006. New 2.2 diesel engine with 5-speed autobox is a very good combination, excellent off road. Seven seater versions really do seat seven, rearmost seats easily fold up out of boot floor. Manual diesel tows 2200kg; others 2000kg. Makes a much better case for itself than previous Santa Fe.
C02 emissions for the 2.2 diesel are 191g/km for the manual and 218g/km for the auto, so all within the Band F VED limit. Manual diesel does 38.7mpg combined.
Special edition launched, called Santa Fe Limited, offering £900-£1100 worth of additional equipment over the usual CDX 2.2-litrediesel model. Available as five-seater for £23,795 or a seven-seater for £24,895; automatic versions are priced at £25,195 and £26,295 respectively. Metallic and Mica paint are an additional £375.00. Spec includes integrated running boards and wheel arch trims, privacy glass, reversing sensors, sports mesh grille, limited badges and a choice of four colours – Ebony Black, Sleek Silver, Gun Metal and Black Pearl.
Santa Fe Petrol-Electric Hybrid concept shown at Paris Motor Show, maintains the overall design of the existing Santa Fe, yet is an entirely different vehicle under the skin. Has a new hybrid drive system, which mates the current 2.4-litre petrol engine to a six-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. The end results in CO2 emissions of just 148g/km and a fuel consumption figure of 44mpg.
Significantly-revised Santa Fe, which benefits from a wide range of engineering and cosmetic changes to fine-tune the driving experience and make it even more competitive versus rival 4x4s. The Santa Fe too has styling revisions, but the big news is under the skin, with new powertrain, steering and suspension. Mated to the recently-launched diesel engine, codenamed ‘R’, these modifications have created a balanced and refined model, well suited to on-road and off-road driving.
Huge improvements for 2010 include new chain cam 2,199cc R Type diesel engine with 194bhp and 422Nm torque for the manual, 436Nm torque for the auto. Sll gearboxes now 6 speed, eliminating the gap between 2nd and 3rd in the manual. Manual can now tow 2500kg. Manual 176g/km VO2 and 41.5mpg; diesel 197g/km and 39.2mpg.
2010 Prices (at 17.5% VAT)
2.2 CRDI Style 5-seat manual £21,495
2.2 CRDI Style 5-seat automatic £22,995
2.2 CRDI Style 7-seat manual £22,245
2.2 CRDI Style 7-seat automatic £23,7495
2.2 CRDI Premium 5-seat manual £23,245
2.2 CRDI Premium 5-seat automatic £24,745
2.2 CRDI Premium 7-seat manual £23,995
2.2 CRDI Premium 7-seat automatic £25,495