The new Santa Fe gets a total exterior revamp from the previous model. Now, there’s an eye-catching design language inherited from the compact Kona SUV, which sees a bold ‘Cascading’ grille flanked by the now-signature ‘upside-down’ headlamp design.
The Hyundai’s seven-seat interior also receives a premium makeover, with improved material quality and extra head- and leg-room for passengers travelling in rows two and three.
In the UK, three trims will be available, though all share just one engine – a 2.2-litre diesel unit, that already features in the Kia Sorento and produces 197 bhp. It’s mated either to a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed dual-clutch auto.
The range kicks off with SE trim, which is only available with front-wheel drive. It gets seven seats as standard, plus roof rails, a rear-view camera, all-round parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and an infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stepping up to Premium grade sees the price rise to £36,995, but offers an impressive level of equipment including keyless entry, LED headlamps, leather seats, a KRELL sound system, built-in navigation and an electric tailgate. It’s offered with manual or automatic transmissions and two or four-wheel drive, making the £38,995 Premium the cheapest 4WD Santa Fe available.
Finally, there’s top-spec Premium SE, which costs from £41,795. It’s offered only with the eight-speed automatic gearbox and is packed with premium kit including 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, ventilated front seats, a head-up display, 360-degree cameras and sensors.