Hyundai South Africa recently updated their Santa Fe SUV, after originally coming into the local market in 2018. The refreshed model joins the Creta, Venue, Tucson in Hyundai’s SUV line-up, and it is of course the largest of them all. 


The Santa Fe has always been a striking car when it comes to its design and exterior appearance, especially from the front. Hyundai undoubtedly knew this, which is why this refreshed version now comes with an even more striking face. It still has the futuristic-looking slim headlamps which appear as though they’re constantly squinting – the Asians and their car designs. Beneath that is a revised grille, now much larger than the one it replaces and drawing attention to itself. They’ve now incorporated T shaped daytime running lights on either side of the grille, leaving the Santa Fe looking… refreshed. At the rear, some minor revisions have been made to the bumper and taillights to give the Korean SUV a wider looking stance. The new vehicle is now offered with a new set of 18, 19 and 20-inch alloys


With bigger dimensions than the outgoing model, the new Santa Fe has a length of 4785mm and a width of just under 2m. This translates to improved interior room for the passengers, including those in the third row of seats (it is a seven-seater). Legroom for these passengers has increased by 1060mm and the boot is also bigger, at 634 litres with the last row of seats folded. Leather is the standard material offered here, while everything else remains largely unchanged. You get an 8-inch infotainment screen that is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto for seamless integration with your smartphone. The instrument cluster is a 12.8-inch LCD screen, which Hyundai calls the “Super Vision Instrument Cluster”. 


Powering this SUV is Hyundai’s next-generation Smartstream 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine, which is the same unit used in the old car, just with some mild tweaks here and there for refinement and 5 Nm more. It puts out 148 kW and 441 Nm sent to all four wheels in the top-spec variant. The new engine block is 19.5 kg lighter than the iron block in the old engine, thanks to it now being aluminium. Transmission duty is handled by an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This engine and gearbox combination is the only one available across the entire range.

In its new skin the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is available in two trims locally – Executive and Elite.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe price

Santa Fe R2.2 Executive 8-speed DCT            R769 500

Santa Fe R2.2 Elite 8-speed DCT AWD           R869 500

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