The new Hyundai Santa Fe in its new generation is completely different from its predecessor and it really needed that to take on the new competition. The SUV segment has seen new rivals from German luxury car makers plus cars like Toyota Fortuner mean that the new Santa Fe will not have it easy. But as this is one talented SUV, it surely can take them on. The new Hyundai Santa Fe is only available with a diesel and in manual/automatic forms. There are three variants with the top-end 4WD model only available with automatic gearbox. The Santa Fe has grown bigger and has a long features list plus it has three-row seating.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe only has one engine option and that is a diesel. The diesel engine in question is a 2.2 litre motor making 196 bhp. The diesel engine feels smooth and quite fast with very good refinement levels. Turbo lag has been kept to a minimum here especially with the 6-speed automatic gearbox. The automatic is smooth and quite responsive as well. The new Hyundai Santa Fe has McPherson strut type front suspension and multilink type rear suspension. The ride is very good as it swallows bumps and goes over bad roads with ease. The steering is light though and lacks feedback plus there is some body-roll there. In fuel economy terms the Santa Fe manual does 14.74 kmpl while it is a little bit lower for the AT version with 13.01 kmpl. Overall the new Santa Fe drives well and if you take it off-road it will surprise you with its abilities.
On the safety front, the Santa Fe has six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) that regulates the braking force delivered to each wheel to ensure that the vehicle does not go out of control, brake assist system (BAS) that increases braking pressure to reduce stopping distance, traction control system, hill start assist and hill descent control, vehicle stability management (VSM), rear parking sensors, advanced traction cornering control (ATCC) and four wheel drive.