Hyundai Santa Fe Family SUV 2021 Review the 2021 hyundai santa fe has landed in australia it sports a new look and officials say it has undergone a major under body upgrade but even then, those level of changes probably don't do the new model justice let's take a closer look bolder and slightly larger the 2021, hyundai santa fe renews its fight to the kia sorento and other seven seat, rivals with a host of new equipment and a fresh new interior featuring a bridge designed center fascia available in familiar petrol and diesel grades pricing for the entry version known simply as the, santa fe has increased by seven hundred dollars while the top shelf highlander diesel all-wheel drive driven here has increased by. 3 500 hyundai says those price, increases are met with additional standard equipment and safety features across the range in the case of the. Top spec highlander those features extend to a 10.25 inch center touchscreen display 10 speaker audio system.
And a fully digital instrument cluster to be honest it's a shame that not all santa fe variants get the new bridge design of the center stack because it really does liberate a lot of usable interior, space and augment storage elsewhere the santa fe is really well resolved in terms of first and second row space while the third, row is suitable for the occasional sixth, or seventh passenger the santa fe range adopts a new architecture for 2021 shared with its korean cousin the, kia sorrento overall it is 15 millimeters longer 10 millimeters wider and 5 millimeters taller than before liberating small increases in second row interior space and cargo space the new platform, will allow the santa fe to adopt hybrid technology for the first time in the, form of a petrol electric drive train set to debut locally in the second, half of 2021 as ever the santa fe is just a terrific all-rounder it's a car that's. Easy to get up to speed in terms of spatial awareness and where you sit in the lane it has great, outward vision and it drives really nicely too with great throttle modulation light steering at low speeds and a decent level of body control one thing.
I've always liked about the santa fe is that it juggles sportiness performance and comfort really well and that hasn't changed with the latest update the santa fe is available. With a choice of a naturally aspirated v6 petrol that drives the front wheels or, a 2.2 litre turbo diesel 4 cylinder that drives all four wheels the big news for the diesel is. The introduction of a new wet eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission the diesel engine really benefits from the new dual clutch automatic transmission both in terms, of efficiency and performance we've, managed 7.5 litres per hundred k's in a mix of conditions today and the way that the. Eight speed works with the engine the efficiency of it shifts is really good in terms of power delivery as well you do get that typical little bit of binding upon taking off but unlike a lot of. European units it's quite predictable and linear with the, way that it puts out its power although the santa fe adopts a new architecture underneath it still presents a familiar on-road demeanor masking its, two-ton curb mass well and offering decent feedback from the surface underneath the santa fe doesn't, really set any new benchmarks in terms of riding handling or in terms of noise vibration and, comfort levels you might be able to hear there is a little bit of road noise coming through the cabin especially on, course chip sections and the ride with the smaller footprint of this car means that it is a little bit, more upset by bumps in the road especially sharper obstacles but overall it's a really nice balance between comfort and performance steering has a nice amount of weighting and feedback, to it the body once it moves its.
Weight to the outside wheels is really quite well acquitted in terms of quick changes in direction and it sits flat enough through corners the santa fe's, all-rounder status is reaffirmed for 2021 by a full-size spare wheel an increased towing capacity of two and a half tons and, a retained five-star safety rating from 2018.. While so much of the santa fe is new its most redeeming qualities are not with the palisade, now taking care of the higher end of the suv spectrum that now leaves the santa fe to focus on its core strengths and it does that really well in isolation these changes really are welcome and, help improve the santa fe recipe .