2010 Santa Fe
The 2010 facelift Santa Fe’s have started to arrive in our showrooms.
So what’s new?
Well Hyundai have stayed true to the outgoing model’s external styling, replacing the black two bar grille with a chrome-edged three bar version. Revisions to the front headlight clusters, more sculpted bumpers, the front housing new fog lights in a black surround. Finally there’s ‘trapezoidal’ design exhaust pipes and new alloy wheel designs.
Interior remains much the same with wood finished trim being replaced by black carbon. The CD player now has USB/AUX for full iPod control.
Prices, engine, specification
Despite subtle changes to the external and interior styling, there’s been big changes to the price, engine and equipment.
With VAT referring back to 17.5% you’d expect higher prices but despite this, Hyundai have managed to lower them. The entry level 2.2 CRDi Style with 5 seats will cost you £21,495 on the road, that’s less than the outgoing 2.2 CRDi GSI at the old 15% VAT rate. Plus you get more power under the bonnet, bigger 17 alloys, Electronic Stability Control and Reversing Sensors now as standard.
Power comes from a new 2.2-litre direct injection ‘R’ diesel engine offering a class-leading 194bhp – more than the six-cylinder units offered in some rival vehicles – backed by a mighty 311lb.ft of torque (322lb.ft when specified with an automatic gearbox) which amounts to improvements of 26% and 27% respectively on the previous engine.
Mate this to a new six-speed manual transmission and the Santa Fe can sprint to 62mph from rest in 9.8 seconds, making it the fastest 7-seat SUV under £35,000. It’s also better on the environment too with 176g/km emissions taking it down to Band I. Caravan and towing enthusiasts will also be pleased as the maximum braked towing weight has increased 300kg to 2,500 kg.
The range has been simplified to just two grades, the entry-level Style and higher spec Premium. Both models offer the choice of 5 or 7 seats and 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Premium variants offer 18-inch wheels, dual climate control, heated leather seats with electric adjustment for the driver and automated lights and wipers over the Style. There’s also optional metallic/mica paint, Privacy Glass (standard on Premium) and SatNav.
Servicing and ownership
With significant improvements to the engine, it’s not only the economy and emissions that have improved. Service intervals have been doubled to 20,000 miles, helping to slash maintenance bills. Company car drivers with P11Ds to consider will also find the lower price and CO2 levels reduces their contribution further still, with the Santa Fe dropping from 29% to 26% tax rates – saving company car drivers hundreds in tax every year.
You can download a brochure on the new 2010 Santa Fe on our website by clicking on the link.