In 2001, Hyundai launched the Santa Fe, an SUV which has for the length of its life catered to a very specific section of buyers who are looking for something very specific from their vehicle. If you want something rugged, reliable, and affordable without too many extra bells and whistles, the Santa Fe was for you.
After the previous generation failed to capture the imagination of the Middle East, resulting in a decreased market share, Hyundai is hoping to attract new buyers to the Santa Fe’s latest incarnation.
A modern re-design
The latest generation Santa Fe is first and foremost a very attractive vehicle. The Santa Fe has never been known historically for its looks, in fact it’s been lucky that most buyers have bought it for its usability and reliability because you’d never even begin to consider one for its beauty.
Hyundai seems to have remedied this with the new Santa Fe, giving it a new sleek and handsome style as part of the design language that is appearing throughout its model range. Don’t be fooled into thinking the new Santa Fe is now all about looking good, however.
Functionality remains excellent with comfortable seating and excellent all round visibility, making the Santa Fe perfect for anyone who regularly takes long trips. Safety features are also present thanks to the SmartSense package, containing useful options like Blind Spot Assist and Collision Warning.
The Santa Fe will be available throughout the Middle East with a choice of two different engines. First is a 2.4 litre four cylinder unit that has 172 horsepower, which is mated to a six speed automatic gearbox and a choice of front or all-wheel drive.
The second is a 3.5 litre V6 which has a much more impressive 280 horsepower and benefits from a quicker shifting 8 speed gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard. This makes the new Hyundai Santa Fe more than capable of blasting comfortably along the Middle East’s long, open highways.
One thing is certain, the 2019 Santa Fe has style to spare.