Monday, February 23, 2015


Game or sporty is a statement that is joined to a great deal of impossible iron, especially in the realm of SUVs. Anyway the most recent Sante Fe  Sporty or Game may simply be deserving of the assignment. 

Point of view: This Hyundai comes in two sizes, the two-line, five-traveler and the three-column, seven-seat model, which is badged just Santa Fe. Riding a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the sporty is, typically, lighter and handier than its greater cousin, which has 3.9 extra crawls between its axles. 

Nonetheless, the statement "lighter" justifies a reference bullet. Hyundai records check weight for this specific Santa Fe as 3700 pounds, not very porky for an all-wheel-drive hybrid in this class. Notwithstanding, our test unit tipped the scales at a somewhat chubby 4021, in part because of a significant heap of discretionary peculiarities. Mass, obviously, is the intractable adversary of execution, yet the Santa Fe amazed us with a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 6.6 seconds.That’s pretty close to tops in this class, a tribute to the power traits of the optional 2.0-liter turbo. At 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, its output is robust by compact-SUV standards. But its most endearing virtue is midrange response. The turbocharger comes online almost instantaneously, delivering a habit-forming surge, and if the six-speed automatic isn’t particularly gratifying in manual mode, its programming makes it intuitively responsive when it’s operating in full automatic.

Fuel economy for the 2.0T is so-so by class standards at 18 mpg city and 24 highway, per the EPA. We averaged 18 mpg in mixed driving.Drawbacks? The damping could profit from some consideration, as somewhat more consistence would be useful on uneven asphalt and turnpike development joints. Braking execution is respectable at 168 feet from 70 to zero mph, though with clues of blur after rehashed stops. Anyhow both braking and grasp would enhance with a more forceful tire than the all-season elastic worn by our test sample. 

Then again, the 235/55-19 Mainland CrossContact LX Games capitalized on the Santa Fe's all-wheel-drive framework and were strikingly viable amid a Michigan snowstorm that put numerous SUVs into the trench . 

Over to that "sporty" mark. Does the Santa Fe measure up to the unerring footwork of the Mazda CX-5? Not exactly, yet the refinement isn't immense, and the Santa Fe is speedier. In this overflowing section, the Santa Fe displays more game than most, and it doesn't dole out much, if anything, on the general spryness record.Typical of Hyundai, the Santa Fe offers good value for the money, provided the buyer exercises some restraint. A basic front-drive Santa Fe, with the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four, starts at $25,800. Base price for a 2.0T with AWD is $33,900, which includes a lot of cool standard features—a power rear liftgate, leather, heated front seats, electroluminescent gauges, and driver-selectable steering modes among them. Not to mention handsome interior decor and lots of interior volume—enough to swallow a snow blower, important during an upper-Midwest winter.

Our Santa Fe was equipped with the Ultimate package, which added, among other goodies, 19-inch aluminum wheels, navigation with an 8.0-inch touch screen, a panoramic sunroof, a 12-spreaker Infinity audio system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, which is as welcome to cold-weather dwellers as heated seats.

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