The primary-generation Hyundai Santa Fe launched almost a quarter-century in the past in 2000. The introduction of the ute was Hyundai’s first voyage into constructing and promoting SUVs. The Santa Fe debuted to quick success, rapidly changing into the Korean model’s best-selling automobile.
Naturally, within the intervening years, the Santa Fe has undergone quite a few mechanical and styling modifications, getting into its fourth era in 2019. For the 2024 mannequin 12 months, the fifth-generation Santa Fe seems as completely different from the fourth as a sq. does to a circle. In actual fact, the brand new model seems extra like a Land Rover Defender than it does its predecessor.
As a result of they’re so visually divergent, we have in contrast the brand new Santa Fe to the previous one to higher perceive the variations.
Dimensions and Design
When it debuted, the fourth-generation Santa Fe introduced good-looking modifications to the mid-size SUV. The grille’s polygonal design delivered a extra fashionable look, whereas the inside had a easy, easy structure. Whereas the within wasn’t luxurious, it was snug and ergonomically pleasant. It additionally introduced rear glass that was extra vertical than its predecessor, bettering rear-seat headroom and cargo house.
The brand new fifth-generation Santa Fe brings a way more in-your-face design that we discover good-looking. The rear window that turned extra vertical between the final two generations is as soon as once more extra vertical. Hyundai claims the change helps enhance rear-seat headroom and cargo house. The H-shaped parts within the Santa Fe’s headlights and taillights correspond with its boxy physique, virtually shouting “HYUNDAI!” Lest you overlook what you are taking a look at.
The 2024 Santa Fe is 1.8 inches longer than the outgoing mannequin and now measures 190.2 inches from tip to tail. The brand new model’s wheelbase additionally grows by 1.9 inches to 110.8 inches. Hyundai claims the longer wheelbase and squared-off rear finish assist present higher passenger house and cargo capability. The redesigned tailgate is sort of perpendicular to the bottom and offers a much bigger opening than earlier than.
Each the brand new and previous Santa Fe measure 74.8 inches large, although the 2024 mannequin measures between 1.1 and 1.8 inches taller. Including roof rails provides a further 2 inches of top. Inside, second-row legroom has improved too, rising by 0.8 inch for the hybrid mannequin and 1.4 inches for the gas-only mannequin.
If the brand new Santa Fe’s exterior seems prefer it was created by somebody working from their reminiscence of a Land Rover Defender, the inside seems prefer it was designed by somebody sitting in an precise Defender. The Hyundai’s cabin is significantly extra upscale than earlier than, with a redesigned three-spoke steering wheel that appears like it could have been pulled straight off the Land Rover manufacturing line.
Maybe crucial distinction between the brand new Santa Fe and the final model is the inclusion of third-row seating. Whereas fashions in different markets have been provided with the additional row, these bought within the U.S. solely had two rows of seats. With the brand new second- and third-row seats folded flat, there is a steady house for storage behind the entrance seats
The sprint of the ’24 brings twin 12.3-inch screens beneath the identical curved piece, matching different current Hyundai fashions. The “H” design from the headlights and taillights is borrowed for the dashboard air vents and divides new higher and decrease gloveboxes. The brand new Santa Fe additionally will get twin wi-fi charging pads for smartphones and a UV-C Sanitizer tray on prime of the glovebox.
Each the usual 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 191 horsepower in addition to the 260-hp plug-in-hybrid powertrain have been dropped within the U.S. within the transition to the brand new era. As an alternative, the brand new Santa Fe that is bought on our shores comes with two powertrain selections. There is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 277 horses and 311 pound-feet of torque. It mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission and both front- or all-wheel drive.
If that does not sound appropriate, Hyundai additionally ports over the hybrid powertrain with the turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automated transmission. The corporate hasn’t revealed the official mixed energy output, however we have been instructed to anticipate related figures to the final model. That setup featured an electrical motor working with the four-pot to generate a mixed 226 horsepower.
Sadly, the lack of the bottom engine, elevated cabin aptitude, and progress of the car conjure up a recipe for a costlier mid-size SUV. The final mannequin began a hair over $30,000, with the most cost effective hybrid possibility beginning within the $37,000 vary. Our expectation is that the brand new model will begin someplace in that very same ballpark, presumably round $38K. We predict the remainder of the trim choices will observe up-market as nicely, topping out with the top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim doubtless beginning someplace close to the $50,000 mark, which is about $6K greater than that model of the outgoing Santa Fe.
Hyundai says the 2024 Santa Fe will attain U.S. dealerships someday within the first half of subsequent 12 months.
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