With styling far removed from the previous generation, the new Santa Fe is unmistakably Hyundai from the front. The massive grille, to be echoed in the Genesis seen at Detroit Auto Show, sets it apart from the rest of the range. Still, from the rear it looks remarkably like an ix35. The size, and pricing, will quickly differentiate the two for onlookers and potential customers, however.
The test drive, which included thick sand dune driving, gravel road and long stretches of tar, took place on the West Coast, near Paternoster. The proximity of Klipbokkop had my hopes up, but this was not to be. That said, this is not a serious 4×4, and is meant more for reaching that slightly remote holiday destination with your family. Below are the pricing and derivatives available.
Catch our March issue to read the full review of the new Hyundai Santa Fe All wheel drive.
The 7 seater, AWD Santa Fe driven on launch was equipped with a central differential lock, which splits power 50/50 at front and rear. Traction control can be disengaged, and hill descent assist engaged. Ground clearance has also been lowered.
Derivatives and pricing
Santa Fe R2.2 Premium FWD 5-seater R434 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Executive AWD 7-seater R459 900
Santa Fe R2.2 Elite AWD 7-seater R499 900