The Hyundai Motor Company has been in the SUV production business from around the 1990′s. The Hyudai Sante Fe is one of the most successful large family cars that they have released by the company to date. The car was first manufactured in the year of 2000. This was followed by successive productions of the 7 seater with notable advancements and improvements with each variation. There are two major generations of the Sante Fe; the first generation which hit the markets in the years between 2000 and 2006 and the second generation which hit the roads from 2007.
Hyundai Engine and Fuel Efficiency
The first generation of Hyundai Fe had an engine of 3.5L V6 in the US, 150 KW and 2.0L VM motori CRD /I4 diesels. The production previously had a 4-speed automatic transmission which was further improved to 5-speed automatic transmission in the revised version. The first generation car was 177.2 inches long with a wheel base of 103.1 inches. The car’s fuel tank capacity was 17 to 19 gallons or 70 litres. Following various comments from critics the second generation Sante Fe built upon the strengths and improved upon the first generation model.
These changes led to the development of the second generation Hyundai Fe, which was designed in 2010 and included some impressive changes to its interior instruments, rear bumper, and taillights. The car has a top speed of 150 km per hour and a new ultimate 6 speed automatic transmission. In the United States the car has an engine of 3.6L, however in the UK there is just a more frugal 2.2L diesel on offer. Consequently the UK variant offers excellent fuel economy at an impressive 47mpg.
Features & Gadgets
The car’s interior has a great visual appeal with the inclusion of the latest advanced technology. The car has Bluetooth connectivity with hands free speakerphone. The other great features of this family car includes a metallic steering inlay and the steering wheel audio controls that enhance the comfort and usability of the car. The seats are also well equipped with modern and luxurious seat covers. You won’t feel cramped as the seats are particularly spacious, and a sixth and seventh seat is included for extra versatility as a 4×4 family car. There is also a rear reversing camera as well as a brand new touch screen navigation system to improve your safety when on the road.
Pros and Cons of the Sante Fe
The rear reversing camera is a handy little gadget, as parking a large 4×4 is never an easy task. Other technological features such as the Bluetooth connectivity with hands free speakerphone and the integrated sat nav system are also handy additions. As a family car the seven seats offer you excellent versatility when you need to transport the whole family or friends, with a strong and fuel efficient engine that will go easy on your wallet. Another benefit is that it has four wheel drive capability so will enable you to cope with adverse weather or road conditions with ease.
This car is available from around £25,000 in the UK, which is quite expensive for a car in this class, however you do get a great deal of car for your money, and it has low ongoing running costs.