The sporty new 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has arrived and is now available to order through Australian showrooms. The new model showcases a fresh new design in tune with the company’s latest ‘fluidic’ styling language.
The new model is available in three different trim levels; the Active, Elite, and Highlander. All come with four-wheel drive running gear, with the Active available with either a petrol engine or a diesel unit. The Elite and Highlander are only available with the diesel.
The petrol unit is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder ‘GDI’ with direct injection. It produces 141kW of power and 242Nm of torque, which is not bad for a medium-sized SUV. It can be matched up to either a six-speed auto or manual transmission. Both come with an ADR combined cycle fuel economy rating of 9.0L/100km.
For the diesel fans, the new Santa Fe comes with a 2.2-litre CRDi four-cylinder using common rail injection. It produces a healthy 145kW of power and a strong 421Nm of torque (436Nm in auto form). In manual form ADR has given it a combined cycle fuel economy rating of 6.6L/100km, while the auto is rated at 7.3L/100km.
Standard features for the base model Active include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear-view parking camera, auto headlights, and a 4.3-inch touch screen multimedia interface with MP3 and Bluetooth support. For off-roading, all models also get Downhill Brake Control.
Stepping up into the Elite, added features over the Active include a 7.0-inch touch screen interface with satellite navigation, automatic wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, a premium six-speaker audio system, climate control, and, among other things, a chrome front grille.
The top-of-the-range Highlander adds 19-inch alloy wheels, HID Xenon headlights, power front seats with memory functions for the driver, seat warmers, and a large panoramic glass roof to really boost the in-cabin environment and airiness.
Prices for the new model are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Active with 2.4 petrol (manual) – $36,990
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Active with 2.4 petrol (auto) – $38,990
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Active with 2.2 diesel (manual) – $39,990
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Active with 2.2 diesel (auto) – $41,990
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Elite with 2.2 diesel (auto) – $45,990
2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Highlander with 2.2 diesel (auto) – $49,990