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New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe - Caring for its passengers

  • The New Generation Santa Fe is a powerful, elegant SUV with best-in-class safety features and exceptional roominess.
  • The fourth-generation Santa Fe builds on the company’s strong SUV heritage with more than 1.5 million SUVs sold in Europe.
  • Hyundai’s D-SUV features an expressive and powerful front that adopts the new SUV-family identity, the eye-catching Composite Light and the Cascading Grille.
  • Innovative safety features underline Hyundai’s approach to making advanced technology more accessible.
  • Hyundai’s in-house developed Rear Occupant Alert is a first in the industry – this feature monitors the rear seats to detect passengers when the driver leaves the car.
  • The HTRAC variable torque control enables agile handling and better torque application depending on wheel grip and speed of vehicle.

- Since the launch of the first Santa Fe in 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million SUVs in Europe, becoming an established brand in the SUV segment.

The fourth-generation Santa Fe continues the model's global success story. The first Santa Fe was launched in 2001 and is the foundation of Hyundai Motor's SUV credibility. Hyundai truly cares about the customer's well-being. We offer innovative and unique active safety features and class-leading roominess for extra comfort.

Thomas A. SchmidChief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe

New Generation Santa Fe builds on Hyundai’s SUV heritage

Since the launch of the first Santa Fe in 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million SUVs in Europe, becoming an established brand in the SUV segment. In Europe, more than 400,000 units of Santa Fe have been sold over the past 17 years – and the fourth-generation Santa Fe will continue to convince customers with its premium design, more space and its advanced technology. It is the cornerstone of the longstanding SUV heritage that Hyundai has built up. It also provides one of the best-in-class safety packages, remarkable roominess and innovative comfort features that enhance the customer’s daily life.

Premium design

The design of the fourth-generation Santa Fe connects with the new SUV-family look. It displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching Composite Light and the Cascading Grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity. The exterior design is characterised by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. Its refined lines reinforce the car’s status at the top of Hyundai’s SUV line-up.

Enhanced four-wheel drive with HTRAC

The New Generation Santa Fe features an advanced four-wheel drive system with an enhanced torque application depending on wheel grip and the speed of vehicle, called HTRAC. Hyundai’s next generation all-wheel-drive technology controls the torque distribution and braking power of the front and rear wheels variably. It supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations, whether on snow, slippery roads or in regular road conditions, and enhances stability in cornering.

The New Generation Santa Fe offers the choice between two diesel and a petrol powertrain. The engines have been modified to meet the new Euro 6C emission standards, resulting in improved fuel efficiency. The standard R 2.0 diesel engine has two power outputs: 150 PS (110 kW) and 182 PS (134 kW) paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or the newly developed 8-speed automated transmission (AT). The high-power 2.2-litre CRDi comes with 197 PS (144 kW) and an enhanced fuel efficiency of 3 to 4 per cent with the new 8-speed AT. The Theta II 2.4-litre petrol engine delivers 185 PS (136 kW).

Industry-first safety technologies

Hyundai truly cares about the customer’s well-being. To comply with the highest European safety standards, the fourth-generation Santa Fe offers one of the best-in-class safety packages and industry-first safety features. All features are part of of Hyundai SmartSense™ active safety and driving assistance technologies. The innovative Rear Occupant Alert monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is a Hyundai first too. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side – it also applies the brakes automatically. The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors before being opened, so that passengers will exit the car safely.

Passive safety is enhanced by an increased body rigidity to protect passengers in the event of a collision. Thanks to hot stamping being applied over an enlarged area along with larger weld diameters, the car’s overall weight is reduced while providing top-level crashworthiness. The strong and light body enhances the dynamic performance and increases passenger safety by using 57 per cent high-strength steel – the highest proportion of high-strength steel of any Hyundai vehicle.

State-of-the-art connectivity features

Hyundai offers customers a set of multiple connectivity features: the optional eight-inch infotainment system integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Live Services. The Display Audio function allows passengers to switch their smartphone’s content onto the system’s seven-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Santa Fe also features Hyundai’s new full head-up display that projects relevant driving and safety information directly onto the windshield. Its class-leading luminance of 10,000 cd/m2 and eight-inch image size enable not only effortless daylight visibility but also faster recognition of information while keeping the driver’s attention on the road ahead.