The Hyundai Santa Fe has proven to be a popular car since it’s release, recently I was given the chance to take the updated 2105 model for a spin.
Having driven the previous model I was extremely interested to see how the Santa Fe would go given my regular commute has changed.
From the outside not a lot has changed the 2015 model does receive Hyundai’s new horizontal chrome 3 bar grille, trim DRL’s and cornering lights.
Not to say that’s bad because I thought the Santa Fe looked good to start with they have just slightly enhanced it for the 2015 edition.
On the inside the Santa Fe looks good and functional the Steering wheel is comfortable to hold although I would have liked it a touch thicker.
The Instrument panel is comprised of 2 big easy read dials with an LCD screen in between the instruments are well lit and easy to read in any light. The LCD screen can be used to display a number of functions from the trip computer.
The dash is well set out with the centre stack being home to the multimedia system and it’s 7inch touch screen, I found the system works rather well and the audio sound is good.
The Bluetooth is exceptionally use to use and it takes hardly any time to connect your phone to the system even my old S3.
The sat nav system works great and is easy to use it also comes with Suna traffic information, which lets you know of any delays along your route which you can then use the sat nav to divert around it.
I had to use this function more than once and it worked great in finding me a way around the traffic snarl.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive with electric adjustment making it easy to find to ideal driving position, front legroom is great and have heating function for those cold days.
The rear has ample leg room and is comfortable even on longer trips, the outboard seats also have heating function.
Only thing we didn’t try out was the 3rd row seating, but I don’t think they have changed things too much from the previous model which we did and found them to have just enough room for teenager. It also comes with rear aircon vents which would be a god send for the kids on a hot day.
Like all SUV’s the boot room is not big with the 3rd row seats raised but with them folded it’s respectable 506 litre which increases to 1615 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Elite model I’m testing here comes with a powered tail gate which proved to be a exceptionally handy specially with armfuls of groceries.
Under the bonnet the Santa Fe is powered by a 2.2L turbodiesel 145 kW and 436 Nm of torque.
With max torque available quite low in the rev range the Santa Fe has no issue at all keeping up with traffic and will effortlessly cruise at highway speeds barely idling along.
Fuel economy was great and I finished the week averaging 10.5L/100km which was about on part with some much smaller cars.
The 6 speed auto is well matched to the engine and the shifts are smooth and seemless.
On the road the Santa Fe rode well for an SUV, soaking up the bumps and transmitting very little crash into the interior.
The steering is light and well weighted which made parking it was exceptionally easy.
As you would expect with a 5 Star safety rating the Santa Fe is loaded with safety features.
Including seven airbags, ISOFIX anchors, DRL’s, front and rear foglamps, hill start assist, it gets extra points for having rear park assist and bonus points for having a rear view camera as well.
After a week I was impressed with the Santa Fe it drove and rode well, is well equipped, packed full of safety features, decent boot space and proved to be rather good economy wise.
As with all Hyundai models Santa Fe comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and fixed priced servicing.
If you are after a 7 seat SUV then you would be mad to not have the Santa Fe on your list, for more info on the Santa Fe or the rest of Hyundai’s great range of vehicles visit their website http://www.hyundai.com.au
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite
Engine: 2.2L Turbo diesel 145Kw 436nM
Transmission: 6 speed automatic
Price: From $48,990