The Hyundai Grand Santa Fe boasts refreshed front and rear styling for 2017 that’s highlighted by bright new LED daytime running lights. Other desirable features include 19″ alloy wheels, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and, on the higher specification models, a large panoramic roof and a hands-free power tailgate. By the way, you don’t need to balance on one leg as you approach burdened with your shopping bags while you waggle your other foot under the car; just stand by the smart tailgate for a couple of seconds and – hey presto – it opens for you.
Buyers looking for the latest high-tech and safety features won’t be disappointed: blind spot detection, especially useful with a large vehicle, stability and traction control, smart cruise control, three different drive modes, front and rear parking assist, are just some of the high class technologies that Hyundai is able to package in the Grand Santa Fe with a very competitive price, often the envy of other brands. In truth, the addition of small but extremely useful features like push-button start, outside mirrors with automatic power folding, these same mirrors with courtesy lights, front and rear air conditioning, provision of ample cubby holes, storage and electronic connectivity, all combine to give the firm impression that you have bought a vehicle that belongs in a higher class than you would expect for the price that you paid.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has a powerful 3.3 litre V6 engine that produces muscular, yet quiet, pulling power. The six-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth, the driving position and visibility is great, the seat is luxurious and the large steering wheel has plenty of controls but is light to use. The disc brakes are powerful yet very smooth. All the above, by intelligent design, help to make your driving easier and safer, and you and your passengers less stressed.
ENGINE 3.3 litre, V6 MPi
MAX POWER 270 hp (202 kW) @ 6,400 rpm
MAX TORQUE 235 lb-ft (32.4 kg-m) @ 5,300 rpm
TRANSMISSION Smooth six-speed automatic
EXTERIOR Blessed with beautiful proportions, a dynamic attitude plus ultra-modern, sophisticated styling, Grand Santa Fe is ready for a luxurious and powerful drive; appreciate the panoramic view with the wide quarter glass window from the third row; note the roof rack’s close design complements the slick top line; finally, elegantly integrated dual exhausts add a fine finishing touch to the rear bumper
INTERIOR This is not a small vehicle! Enter gracefully and easily, using the step provided, and glide into your luxurious armchair – sometimes called merely a seat… The view outside is wide, high and clear and the accommodation inside is similarly spacious, the seats are super supportive and there’s lots of clean air to breathe; the wheel is wide and touch-friendly as are all the dash, fascia and centre column surfaces
SAFETY/SECURITY Comprehensive front, side and curtain airbag protection; electronic stability control with 4-wheel drive assistance system; rearview camera promotes safe parking through a monitor while reversing or parking; blind spot detection helps prevent accidents; hill-start assist control; incredibly rigid body absorbs crash impact forces
For its comprehensive, luxurious specification, its versatility and value for money, the new Grand Santa Fe is difficult to beat but easy to enjoy!
Visit the new Hyundai showroom on B Ring Road. Skyline Automotive staff will be happy to arrange a test drive of the new Grand Santa Fe or any of its stylish Hyundai SUVs and sedans. You may also visit their website or call 4489 1111.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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