Hyundai Santa Fe (c) Hyundai

Friday Focus: we put the spotlight on the new Hyundai Santa Fe

Can a 4×4 combine style, looks, performance, efficiency and practicality? It’s certainly a tall order to think so. But where other off-roaders fall by the wayside, the new fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe stands up to this rigorous criterion.

Firstly, it’s instantly recognisable on the road. The car’s Storm Edge styling as part of the Korean firm’s wider Fluidic Sculpture design language is crisp and sharp. But its elegant shape is more than just form.

The whole car has been designed to slip through the air with a minimum of fuss, helping both performance and efficiency – but we’ll come to that in a minute.

The premium quality materials and distinctive design are used liberally throughout the cabin, too, creating a refined and comforting ambience. And with plenty of equipment on offer – including features such as Bluetooth, a rear view camera, self-levelling suspension, sat-nav and keyless entry – the Santa Fe is an easy companion to live with.

Hyundai Santa Fe interior (c) Hyundai

Its strong balance of performance and efficiency make it the perfect family car, too. The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine produces 197hp, meaning 0-62mph comes up in a range best of 9.4 seconds, but with 47.9mpg combined available from the manual version, it’s more than quick enough day-to-day and amazingly economical for a seven-seat off-roader.

These qualities, along with the optional self-levelling suspension, make it a brilliant tow car as well.

A torquey engine with 311lb ft of pulling power, four-wheel drive on demand, a smooth automatic gearbox and the trick suspension – which will automatically sense the load placed on it and readjust itself to keep the car level and stable – mean the Hyundai Santa Fe’s towing weight has improved to 2.5 tonnes.

These clever systems also mean that you and your family will be kept safe at all times. On demand four-wheel drive technology allows for superb efficiency – sending power to the front wheels only when extra grip isn’t needed – but brilliant traction and safety, cutting in and sending drive to all four wheels when more traction is required, in the wet or when travelling off-road, for example.

And with the option of seven-seats or a cavernous maximum boot capacity of 1,680 litres, practicality and flexibility are the Hyundai Santa Fe’s strong suits.

The new fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is a brilliant all-rounder, offering qualities all drivers can relate to. It’s amazingly versatile, offers strong performance, is efficient so won’t cost the Earth to run (in more ways than one…), and priced from £25,850, it’s brilliant value as well.

Hyundai has come a long way in the last decade, so if you still think the Korean firm’s products are only good as hire cars, think again.

Hyundai Santa Fe (c) Hyundai

In fact, it’s such an impressive car you need to sample it for yourself. So if you’ve got a spare half an hour this weekend, why not drop in to our Hyundai showroom in Weybridge, Surrey to check the Santa Fe out. Alternatively, contact our sales team on 0844 539 6753 to book a test drive this weekend.

Have you driven the new Hyundai Santa Fe, or maybe you’ve just seen one out on the open road? If you’ve been behind the wheel, let us know how it drives, or even if you haven’t we still want to hear your opinions on the styling.

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