Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 GLS (S/R) Review
Family First

clifford chow
7 Jan 2019
 

The new car also has a slightly larger footprint

You can always trust the Koreans when it comes to loading a car with all sorts of gizmos, that has been the Korean value proposition for quite a while now. The new Hyundai Santa Fa has not escaped this trait, but we think that the Koreans have done quite well with the amount of thought put into their family-sized SUV.

The new Santa Fe carries with it Hyundai’s new SUV design language. The distinct signature cascading grille, coupled with squinty-eyed lights at bonnet level, and a more complex stacked headlamp cluster, peering out through clear covers sited below them on each side, form the face of the car. 

There is also more sculpting on the side profile of the car compared to the previous one, and the rear end also receives a pair of distinct tail lights, which feature an almost 3-dimensional design on the inside. 

The new car also has a slightly larger footprint, 4,770mm length and 1,890mm in width, meaning it is 70mm longer and 10mm wider than the car it replaces. Its 2,765mm wheelbase has also seen an increase (which is good for packaging) with an additional 65mm between the wheels.

Inside - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 GLS 

The new car is noticeably larger than the one it replaces, with second row passengers getting 38mm more leg space, while the seat is also 18mm higher; great when you consider that they have to roll their seats a little forward to accommodate passengers in the rear, and the added height does help with propping up your legs, and adding to more legroom. Rear headroom has also seen a slight improvement of 22mm. Thigh support for rear passengers, like many 5+2 people carrying SUVs, is still severely lacking, and the seat height could be better. But that said, the rear seats also have the job of being able to fold down for a flat loading area.

You see, if you are keen to ferry more than five, we would simply say, purchase that people mover of purpose, an MPV. The additional two seats in a car like this really is only when your lunch groupie decides that taking one car out for lunch is absolutely enough, and there are more than 5 of you… As a consolation, rear passengers also get their own air-conditioning controls. Those in the front benefit from ventilated seats, and are electrically adjustable, with two memory settings, lumbar support and electric cushion extension for the driver side.

Adding to more light in the cabin, and simply better out-of-window visibility for rear passengers, the car also gets much larger rear quarter glass.

The burgundy themed interior does the job of making the inside of the car look a little more expensive. Quality of the Santa Fe’s interior is seriously pretty good with more hits than misses, and comparable to some sub-luxury offerings, while the accuracy of its interior panel alignment could almost easily rival those found in German marques.

In the driver’s seat, those with a keen eye will be able to spot a hint of BMW X5 in the semi-digitised instrument binnacle, while large buttons for air-conditioning toggles, an easy to use infotainment system and a rather intuitive drop of buttons behind the gearshift, surrounding the electronic park brake, which control the drive mode, the all-important outer cameras, auto-hold and the lot are within easy reach. A QI charging pod, similar to many new Hyundai cars is also available for ease of wirelessly charging your QI enabled device.

Hyundai has also included their ‘Smartboot’ function in the Santa Fe, which I am not a fan of. While it does serve its purpose of having the cargo area easily accessible, by opening automatically when you approach the rear end of the car, and could prove useful in many cases; there are instances where you would find yourself near the vehicle, and the boot door opens when you do not have the intent of letting it do so. That double-edged sword aside, the Santa Fe offers up quite a good deal of cargo space and flexibility. With the last row deployed, there is 130 litres, which is still enough space to place your groceries into, without the need to fold the seats. In five-seater mode, cargo room is a respectable 547 litres, and you can also deploy the tonneau cover, which is neatly stowed away in under the floorboard. Fold down the middle row, and its 1,625 litres offered could mean that the ‘IKEA - LALAMOVE - Home’ furniture buying run, could be done all on your own. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2359cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 182bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 238Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 97.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 195 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4770 x 1890 x 1705) mm
Wheelbase 2765 mm
Kerb Weight 1870 kg
Boot Capacity 547 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1625 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 71 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs