Hyundai updates Santa Fe significantly

Hyundai’s updated Santa Fe is a step forward in design, performance and innovation

Reuben Van Niekerk
Hyundai Santa Fe
Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe recently received more than a mere facelift, the interior now oozes luxury and prestige and the fine tuning of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, in combination with a smooth eight-speed dual clutch transmission offers a dynamic driving performance that belies the size of this SUV.


The new Santa Fe is available in two derivatives in South Africa, the R2.2 Executive with an upgraded turbo diesel engine and new eight-speed Dual clutch gearbox and the R2.2 Elite, featuring the same engine and gearbox but with all-wheel drive and several more luxury features. Both derivatives are equipped with seven seats, with the two seats in the third row that fold away in the floor of the large cargo compartment.


Striking exterior

The Santa Fe has been redesigned to convey a look of strength, magnificence and highly redefined luxury. It stands out thanks to its bold exterior and the front section with its striking new grille, brings out a fresh and more modern look compared to its predecessors.


The eye-catching cascading grille has been improved with its geometric patterned inlay integrated with the headlights. The T-shaped daytime running lights, along with the sculpted front bumper, offer a highly distinctive presence that completes the edgy and powerful appearance.


At the rear, the bold stance is emphasised by the sweeping horizontal line connecting the combination lights and tailgate garnish. The wrap-around combination lamps enhance the look even further thanks to a highly distinctive high-tech design.


New 18-inch alloy wheels enhance the side view of the Santa Fe Executive, while the Elite derivative comes with 19 or 20-inch wheels with a different design.


Luxury interior

A spacious interior with full leather seats and a new floating centre console also contains the buttons for the automatic climate control and selector knob for the drive modes and terrain modes for the all-wheel drive of the Elite derivative. Alongside the cup holder is an almost hidden, wireless charging slot for a cell phone.


The 8-inch infotainment system display, with touchscreen functions, provides hands free convenience with Bluetooth to a cell phone, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.


Rear window curtains and heating and ventilation for the front seats are also on the list of convenience features, as well as Remote Start, which allows staring of the vehicle remotely with the smart key, automatically switching on the air conditioner and setting the temperature at 22 degrees.


The Elite also comes with a 12.3-inch LCD super vision instrument cluster for the driver.


Thanks to the fitment of Hyundai’s new Gen 3 platform, second-row passengers can enjoy more legroom, while cargo capacity has increased to 634 litres with the third-row of seats folded flat.


Updated engine and gearbox

The new Santa Fe is the first Hyundai model to be fitted with the next generation Smartstream R2.2 turbo diesel engine, offering 148kW and 441Nm.

It is also the first Hyundai SUV to be equipped with the newly developed Smartstream wet 8DCT, a dual clutch transmission delivering swift shifting and acceleration performance.


All-wheel drive and terrain modes

In the Elite derivative, the new Santa Fe features Hyundai’s signature HTRAC four-wheel drive technology. Working in conjunction with the all-wheel drive is the Terrain mode selector, a control knob in the centre console for convenient switching between drive modes including sand, snow and mud as well as the driving modes Comfort, Sport and Eco.


State of the art safety features

Active safety features include reverse parking collision-avoidance, rear cross-traffic warning, safe exit assist, ABS, EBD, ESP and VSM.

Passive safety features include front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as curtain airbags.



Santa Fe R2.2 Executive DCT

R769 500

Santa Fe R2.2 Elite DCT AWD

R869 500