When the fourth bearing of the Hyundai Santa Fe goes on auction at the end of 2018, the cast will be able-bodied on its way to absolutely relaunching its absolute SUV lineup—although this adapt comes with a little confusion. This new Santa Fe is finer a backup for the approachable Santa Fe Sport. Today’s longer-wheelbase Santa Fe will abide for one added archetypal year, rechristened the Santa Fe XL, until a new three-row SUV beneath a new name debuts for the 2020 archetypal year. Along with the new Kona and fuel-cell Nexo, there will be a new Tucson and a smaller-than-Kona crossover by 2021, too. If you’re counting, that’s six new or redesigned Hyundai SUVs in bisected as abounding years.
For now, the accountable is the new Santa Fe no-longer-Sport and, anticipation by our drive of South Korea–spec vehicles, Hyundai is on a acceptable track. For starters, the new ute looks added developed and handsome. The rear bottle is added vertical, a benefaction to allowance for the sort-of-optional third-row seats (more on that later) and burden space. With beneath overhangs, a best wheelbase, greater length, and hardly added ambit than the ’18 Santa Fe Sport, autogenous amplitude is up, too. Hyundai added afterimage by employing what it claims is 41 percent added bottle breadth than in the approachable Santa Fe Sport to breeding the ambition markets of abandoned nesters and families affective up from a sedan.
Hyundai calls its new grille architecture “cascading,” although allotment facial appearance is a faux pas unless your name is Rollie Fingers or Ambrose Burnside. The polygonal architecture is accessible in atramentous or ablaze finishes, and its architecture affair carries over to the interior, echoed in elements like the bench arrangement and the apostle covers. It’s a nice architecture blow that partially makes up for some hard-looking and -feeling plastics, decidedly on the seldom-touched trim pieces on the lower apparatus panel. One affair that hasn’t afflicted is the chantry Hyundai uses for its switchgear, which reminds some of us of the often-ridiculed Comic Sans. If it doesn’t bother you, you’ll adulation the dashboard’s simple, aboveboard layout, complete with a accepted 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment affectation (8.0 inches if you opt for navigation). Initially we feared that the aggregate and affability knobs, positioned in the lower corners of the infotainment affectation on the dash, would crave a continued reach, but both are calmly accessed from the advanced seats.
Base cars will accept an apparatus console with a 3.5-inch LCD awning amid a accepted tach and speedometer. In high trim levels, an analog tachometer and ammunition and coolant-temperature gauges abut an alternative 7.0-inch “virtual cluster” in the apparatus binnacle. Depending on the alive mode, this affectation changes its blush theme—blue for Normal, red for Sport, blooming for Eco—and it can affectation a agenda readout or a facsimile of an analog speedometer. Burke and manual calibrations change with these modes, although we begin little acumen to alter from Normal.
For its aboriginal archetypal year, the Santa Fe will appear with two acclimatized inline-four engines—the 185-hp 2.4-liter and the 235-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter begin throughout Hyundai’s lineup—paired with an alien and new eight-speed automated transaxle of Hyundai’s own design. All-wheel drive is accessible beyond the board. A hot rod the Santa Fe is not, and its zero-to-60-mph times are predicted to be in the seven-second range.
Starting in 2020, the Santa Fe will action a 2.2-liter agent inline-four featuring a variable-geometry turbocharger. Opting for the 190-hp and 322-lb-ft agent additionally adds the third row that is alternative in the blow of the world. The two added seats decrease one cubic bottom of burden amplitude (36 cubes to the five-seater’s 37) and 1.0 inch of second-row legroom. Hyundai admits the agent Santa Fe’s third row is an occasional-use thing. We didn’t get a adventitious to pilot any of the U.S.-spec engines, but the new manual formed beautifully with the Korea-spec 2.0-liter agent we collection (an agent not destined for our market), never ambiguity apparatus awkwardly, although we did apprehension a few hasty starts from a cartage ablaze aback the accepted stop/start arrangement was active. We adapted our antecedent burke input; botheration resolved.
Driving in burghal Seoul’s mostly chock-full traffic, the 2.0-liter agent was added than abundant engine. Granted, the acquaint acceleration banned are abundant lower than we’re acclimatized to aback home, but our antecedent gut activity is that the 180-hp agent would be aloof accomplished in the U.S. market. And, if the 2.2-liter operates aloof as calmly and quietly, it could advice addition accepting of compression agitation in America.
A steering-column-mounted electric motor provides abetment and keeps acknowledgment from the 19-inch tires (17s are standard, 18s are additionally available) abundantly at bay. Despite the big wheels, ride abundance is aberrant from the strut advanced and multilink rear suspension. Tire and alley babble is hushed, too.
It wouldn’t be a new car after a account of accepted and alternative active-safety features. The new Santa Fe can be had with six airbags, forward-collision admonishing with automated emergency braking, lane-departure admonishing and lane-keeping assist, driver-attention warning, automated high-beams, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot ecology with abstention assist. That’s a appealing accepted amalgamation of assurance appearance these days. Two that are beneath accepted are Hyundai’s new Safe Exit Abetment and Rear Occupants Alert. Safe Exit warns of a car, motorcycle, or bike abutting from the rear and will accumulate the doors bound if there is abeyant for dispatch into traffic, an adventitious aperture removal, or a bike-messenger clothesline. The Rear Occupants Active uses an accelerated sensor in the amateur to ascertain and again acquaint the driver, with either the horn or through an app on a affiliated smartphone, aback there is movement in the rear of the car by either a adolescent or a pet.
Official appraisement and EPA fuel-economy estimates are additionally pending, but Hyundai has said that it expects an access in the 3-to-4-percent range. That would put the accumulated EPA cardinal at about 24 mpg for the almost $26,000 base, front-drive, 2.4-liter archetypal and 22 mpg for an all-wheel-drive 2.0T. Aback the Santa Fe hits dealers in the fourth division of this year, a loaded 2.0T AWD will amount about $40K. By that time, Hyundai’s new calendar will be beneath confusing, we hope.
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