Hyundai Santa Fe | 2013 Elite CRDi Diesel – Off-Road

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Comfort: Plenty of space passengers in the first two rows be happy on a long trips out to the fishing spot. The third row is claustrophobic, but as a five-seater and occasional the Santa Fe works well.

The leather seats are comfortable; adjustment for the driver, and equally for the passenger (who does the electrics, but doesn’t seem to with excellent lower support.

Equipment: On test was the model. It#39;s stocked all the mod-cons you’d want.

clear satnav, dual-zone control, second-row vents third row air-con, self-dimming view mirror, reversing and parking sensors, electric brake with auto phone and media Bluetooth, wipers, auto headlights, control and rear passenger blinds phew. It really is a vehicle.

Storage: There’s of storage in here. Apart the glovebox, there’s a space the dash, huge door shaped for a water bottle, storage and heaps of cupholders.

The is a helpful 516 litres with the row folded with 1615 available when the second row is forward.

With ground at 185mm, and no low range, rock-climbing was out of the Most owners, afterall, rarely venture past a trail.

But sand, that#39;s loosely at the of the Santa Fe#39;s remit. So, how it go when faced with beach sand?

That#39;s we wanted to find out. It be a challenge of the all-wheel-drive system. As a (essentially), with power rearward when required, the Fe would need to be quick in slip before the front tried to dig their way to the earth’s

The AWD system of the last-gen Santa Fe was in this environment, and, with the AWD lock engaged, it overheat and revert back to

Heading to our beach test, on the out of town the Santa Fe shone. handling for its size and shape, and a but comfortable ride.

Then, turning off the highway onto a track to the coast, it was time to down”.

Tyre pressures for the were set at 15psi. Any lower and a could roll off the rim. Any and there was a risk of getting

After an hour of negotiating bushes and tracks, we hit the dunes.

There are two heroes in this One is the engine. The other is the all-wheel-drive

The 2.2-litre turbodiesel belies its with reall robust With 145kW and 421Nm on it’s super-flexible and doesn’t bog when faced with the resistance of sand.

Instead, it unfussed from gear-to-gear the six-speed auto.

In normal power is fed to the front wheels. when extra grip is it then gets fed to the rear to the load.

If faced with going, you can lock it in AWD.

is what we did to ensure the rear played their part in the (And despite hammering the Fe for hours on end, not once did the overheat or cut out.)

Hyundai’s Steer system, however, is to useless – there are modes available but only one works. In Comfort or Normal it’s too slack and doesn’t connected to the wheels at all.

In mode there’s enough to satisfy, but this really be the default setting for all situations.

To in these conditions, traction and stability control have to be off (a two-step process) – you want the wheels to clamp wheelspin.

If you forget, any forward you make will be reduced to as the wheel brakes and buries

We found that the best way to the Santa Fe in these conditions was to onto the throttle off the line and build up speed and keep it up, in the really boggy sections.

Its was a real surprise. When the steeper sections, it became a matter of taking a decent keeping the foot buried and the momentum carry us over the (without getting stranded on the

For a light duty off-roader, the Fe tackled the rough stuff a lot than we expected. And, our faith, not once did it bury us.

A strength of the Santa Fe is its refinement. So is it that one of our off-roading companions “Is this the diesel?” it was running at the time.

Sure, you can the revs as you’re gunning it, but never boomy or grating.

Using MacPherson strut and multi-link rear, the Santa Fe is – but with on-road that is better than

Off the road it’s perhaps than necessary. It will the bump stops quicker a #39;proper four-wheel-drive#39; when ruts.

Braking: The hill-descent control very well, though in the a human foot is just as Pedal feel is very and braking is supplied by vented and solid rear discs.

rating: 5 Stars

Safety Seven airbags – front passenger, front airbags, side curtain and driver’s knee; ABS with force distribution and brake stability management with control and traction control.


Warranty: 5 years/unlimited km.

costs: Hyundai’s capped servicing limits the costs of routine service. The first services at 15,000km/12 month are priced at $319 each for a of $957.

Kia Sorento SLi diesel With the same AWD system and as the Santa Fe, the Sorento is also a buy. They’re twins but different, so it comes down to preference (see Sorento )

Ford Territory TX ($43,240) No for the Santa Fe’s off-road the Territory is however more on the road. Its 2.7 litre diesel, refined, is also pretty (see Territory reviews )

Captiva 7 LX ($43,490) The Captiva is behind in all departments except The interior is cheap, the ride and the diesel is slower. Off-road it the grunt that can pull the Fe through (see Captiva )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


Stuck? Not once. And neither did we a nervous moment.

It was simple, But the confounded looks others us as we sailed past in the Santa Fe proof that it was unexpected.

The word should go to the guy who walked up to us we stopped for a short break.

was just unbelievable. My brother bought one of these and I told him not to it because he’d get stuck. time he can bring it and he can pull me

On the very same section of a Patrol was struggling (with tyres), a LandCruiser was only forward, a Rodeo had to be snatched out and a was completely buried. That underlined our belief Hyundai has a little special in the Santa Fe.

is one really versatile and capable We wouldn#39;t suggest you#39;d do we did to it every day. but you can do it.

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