Originally launched in 2001, the 2011 Santa Fe is powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi engine (offering 197ps). Drivers can go for six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. 2WD mpg is 47.9 and CO2 emissions 155 g/km. The 4WD is a little thirstier, coming out at 46.3mpg and 159g/km. The automatic scores 41.5mpg and 178g/km.
The Santa Fe is released with three trim levels: Style, Premium and Premium SE and with five or seven seats.
Style (£25,495 to £29,795) will include 18-inch alloys, body coloured handles and mirrors with integrated indicators, rear parking sensors, daytime running lights, self-levelling suspension (in the seven seat version) and a rear spoiler with high-mounted brake light. AC and Bluetooth with voice recognition is also standard across all models. You’ll get a multi-function steering wheel and Hyundai’s Flex Steer system while safety kit includes ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and airbags, all seven of them. Rather cleverly, Hyundai’s Active Bonnet System raises the bonnet by 6cm in the event of a pedestrian collision to help minimise head injury.
Premium (£28,995 – £ 31,895) means all above plus Touchscreen satellite navigation, Parking Guidance System, electric folding mirrors and puddle lamps, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, rails on your roof, chrome effect door handles and leather seat trim in black or beige.
Premium SE (£32,695 – £34,395) means additional 19-inch alloys, electric seat adjustment on the driver’s side, a vast sunroof, Xenon headlights, keyless entry and engine start/stop, front parking sensors, Smart Parking Assist, tyre pressure monitoring and a Supervision Cluster with LCD.
All drivers of the Hyundai Santa Fe will get a 5 Year Triple Care package. For five years they’ll get: fully transferable, unlimited mileage warranty, roadside assistance and vehicle health checks.