What does it mean to get a good deal?
Sometimes it's about freebies, sometimes it's about intrinsic value. Whichever the case may be, it's really all about getting more than what you paid or are paying for.
That, we think, is the case for the Santa Fe, Hyundai's midsize 7-seat SUV contender. When you drive one of these, you'll know everything is handled for your peace of mind.
Just how well? Let's count the seven ways you get more than your money's worth with the Hyundai Santa Fe.
1. Stand out from the crowd
Everything begins with a first impression, and that part is all about style... something which the Santa Fe has loads of.
The Santa Fe stands out because Hyundai has been at the forefront of automotive design for the last decade. The Korean automaker has invested into producing vehicles that not only look good but push the boundaries of what the eyes can expect from any new automobile.
The design philosophy of Hyundai is based around something called Fluidic Sculpture, and the Santa Fe is the latest evolution of that theme. A large cascading grille starts things off, an effort that is further reinforced by the striking split headlamp/DRL, svelte curves and shapes, unique character lines, and shape and proportions that are big but appears so aerodynamic.
So if you're tired of the usual SUVs that are big and boxy, the Santa Fe is going to be the one for you.
2. Save on fuel
Everyone wants a big vehicle with the luxury and comforts that go with it, but no one wants to consume more fuel. With Hyundai, the solution was already there: its ultra-efficient CRDi turbodiesel technology.
All models of the Santa Fe are powered by Hyundai's proven 2.2-liter R CRDi engine. The performance is further enhanced by a variable turbo known as e-VGT, and the result is 200 PS and 441 Nm of torque; exceptional digits for such a compact engine.
Together with an 8-speed automatic, the Santa Fe can easily achieve 9 kilometers per liter in our urban driving conditions and imagine what it can do when you head out onto the highway. But hey, don't just take our word for it: visit a Hyundai dealership and test drive to see for yourself how efficient the Santa Fe CRDi turbodiesel is for such a big vehicle.
3. Be connected, easily
Are you a bit of a techie? With the Hyundai Santa Fe, you're never behind on technology and connectivity. Well in that regard, the Santa Fe will definitely fit the bill.
The base Santa Fe comes with an audio unit with a 5-inch LCD screen, an auxiliary port, USB and iPod compatibility as well as wireless Bluetooth connectivity. But the top of the line Santa Fe has the much more comprehensive audio unit with a 7-inch display and the same features as the other unit, but it comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice recognition via Bluetooth.
But there's also a lot of charging options for the occupants. If you're driving and have a phone that's compatible with wireless charging, you can just set your phone on a pad in front to charge it in the GLS High model. If you have kids in the back that will drive you up the wall if the battery charge on their iPhones and iPads starts getting low, don't worry: there are 12-volt charging sockets there to keep things sane and at peace on long road trips.
4. A comfortable drive for all
If we could all drive to our destinations on a sofa, then we would. Of course, they won't exactly allow such a thing, but don't worry: the best alternative is the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Hyundai crafted the Santa Fe to deliver a level of comfort that can match or exceed the best in the business. You have dual-zone automatic airconditioning as standard, meaning the driver and front passenger can set their temperatures independently. In the range-topping variant, you get a dedicated rear airconditioning system for even better comfort on a hot day.
There are seven luxurious seats in the vehicle with two in front, three in the middle, and another two in the very back. And speaking of the back, getting in and out is easy with the Smart One-Touch Walk-In system and perfectly positioned grab handles to help. The passengers in the third row also have armrests for enhanced comfort on long drives.
But it's not all about riding comfort, as even the driver will enjoy the Santa Fe's capabilities as well. The electric power steering is light, even in tight urban streets, and it can be adjusted to Comfort via the drive mode selector.
In the GLS High variant, the Santa Fe comes with an electronic parking brake for convenience, as well as a brake hold function to help make dealing with traffic easier. Parking will be easy thanks to the multitude of sensors and the Surround View Monitor in the GLS High versions, along with the convenience of cruise control and the heads up display.
Really, the Santa Fe is built to impress at first drive, and don't forget about the comfortable ride too because of the advanced monocoque that gives it the manners of a large car rather than a big and heavy ladder-frame SUV.
5. Maximum versatility
The Santa Fe isn't just a great ride, but it's also a very functional and versatile one. The key to this is the many ways the vehicle can be configured to be able to transport items of many shapes and sizes.
The third and second row can be folded in a variety of ways to accomplish this feat. The second row has a 60/40 folding system while the third row has a 50/50 split. If you need to fit long items like, say, a surfboard, you can fold half of the third row and the smaller segment of the middle row; that means you'll still have space for 5 people in the vehicle. If you need maximum cargo space, you can fold down the second and third rows; this is especially useful if you intend to load something like a bicycle, or if you went on a shopping spree at the mall.
6. Safety for the family
Safety is always the priority, and that's where the Santa Fe decidedly has the edge.
The Santa Fe GLS Mid has dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, and rear sensors for maximum precision. But the top variant of the Santa Fe takes this way further as the GLS High has a total of 6 airbags, the 360 camera system, stability control, hill start assist, dynamic brake control, and front sensors too.
Vehicle safety, however, isn't all about features. It actually begins with the actual structure of the vehicle, and in the case of the Santa Fe, it starts with the steel. Hyundai, being a massive conglomerate, actually makes their own Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for their vehicles. This high quality and extremely strong metal form a good portion of the Santa Fe's superstructure, the aim of which is to reduce weight while enhancing overall rigidity. That's one of the key reasons why the Santa Fe scores very highly on independent crash tests like Euro NCAP.
So every time you and your family buckle up and go for a drive, you know you're in a vehicle that doesn't just follow the standard for safety. Instead, the Santa Fe sets it.
7. Fun to drive, wherever you go
Being safe, comfortable, efficient, stylish, versatile, and connected are all well and good, but it's all for naught if the vehicle isn't actually enjoyable behind the wheel.
Whichever version of the Santa Fe you opt for, you've got one of the best driving midsize crossovers in its class. The Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) keeps the weight down for such a vehicle, helping to enhance the agility of the Santa Fe. The rigidity afforded by the AHSS too means the vehicle handles better around faster corners.
The 2.2L R CRDI e-VGT turbodiesel has plenty of power and torque at the low end of the RPM range for enjoyable acceleration, and the 8-speed automatic will give you all the gears you want to play with, and you can pick which gear you want when you enter sport mode. And speaking of driving moods, you can set the drive mode selector to Sport to match your desire for a more enjoyable drive.
With the Santa Fe, you've got all the ingredients you need for a better journey ahead. There are plenty more reasons like the worry-free ownership experience thanks to a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and a Fast Track Service system. You'll also get access to Hyundai's HCares Customer Contact Center as well as Hyundai's roadside assistance team. To learn more, you can visit any of Hyundai's 42 dealerships nationwide to see and test drive one for yourself.
The Santa Fe may be commanding a bit of a premium over other SUVs as it does start at PhP 2.158 million. But judging by the advantages you get with this 7-seat crossover, it's going to be worth every peso.