Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe (Korean: 현대 싼타페 hyeondae santape) is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2000. It is named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai's first SUV, released at the same time as the Ford Escape and Pontiac Aztek. The Santa Fe was a milestone in the company's restructuring program of the late 1990s because the SUV was a hit with American buyers. The SUV was so popular that at times, Hyundai had trouble supplying the demand. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai's best seller and contributed to Hyundai's success in the United States. Between 2006 and 2012, the Santa Fe fell between the slightly smaller compact crossover Tucson and the larger, yet related luxury crossover SUV Veracruz.
The second generation Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded 2008 Consumer Reports "top pick" and was among the top 10 vehicles for 2008 unveiled in the magazine's issue. The magazine's annual ratings, based on road tests and predicted safety and reliability, are considered highly influential among consumers.
In 2012, the third generation Santa Fe became available in two versions (regular and extended versions), with the (five-seater) Sport in September 2012 and the extended long wheel base model which replaced the Veracruz, available at showrooms in November 2012. As of 2019, the Santa Fe has been slotted between the Tucson and the Palisade.
First generation (SM; 2000)
In its first year in production, the Santa Fe was offered with one of two engine and transmission combinations. In North America, a fuel-efficient 2.4 L four-cylinder engine was standard equipment and could be mated with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) Delta V6 offered more power than the four-cylinder but was only available with the automatic. Front wheel drive was standard (with traction control optional with the V6) and 4WD was optional. A 2.0 L Common Rail Turbo Diesel (CRTD) was offered outside the United States. Australian Santa Fes went on sale in November 2000 with only one engine/transmission choice – a 2.7L V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. 4WD was standard. A cheaper 2.4L four-cylinder joined the range several months later in 2001, but was only available with a manual transmission.
The Santa Fe entered its second year with only one minor change involving the placement of the V6 emblem to a higher location on the tailgate. In Feb 2002, the center dash vents and buttons were restyled. The clock was relocated to the center dash from its prior location in the overhead map light assembly, which was also restyled. Demand for the Santa Fe continued to be up but owners had several suggested changes for Hyundai.
In a rare mid-year model change, Hyundai increased fuel tank capacity from 64 to 71 L (14.1 to 15.6 imp gal; 16.9 to 18.8 US gal) and a sunroof option was added in May 2002. At the same time, chrome interior door handles replaced matte gray handles and a chrome shifter gate on automatic equipped models replaced matte silver gate trim. Few models also received a factory alarm confirmation chirp feature when locked twice via remote, but was rarely equipped until the 2003 model began production.
In 2003, Hyundai responded to some of the customer complaints and suggestions such as the fact that the hood used a prop and not gas struts, there was no light in the glove compartment, and the car itself did not have enough power. In 2003, Hyundai introduced the 3.5-liter V6 in addition to the other two gas engines in North America. The bigger engine came with a computer-controlled four-wheel drive system. A Monsoon high-performance sound system came standard on the mid-level GLS model and came with a 6-disc CD changer on the top-tier LX. Rounding out the changes in the 2003 model was the discontinuation of the highly unpopular Pine Green which in some owner circles has gained the nickname 'Yucky Green'. In Australia, the four-cylinder Santa Fe was dropped in 2003, due to slow sales, leaving the 2.7L V6 automatic as the only model.
Hyundai continued to post sales records with the Santa Fe as it rolled into 2004 with very minor changes. The manual climate controls on the base GL and mid-line GLS were revised very slightly. The remote keyless entry confirmation 'chirp' when the 'LOCK' button on the remote was pressed twice became standard.
The Santa Fe received its final facelift for 2005. Changes were made to the grille, taillights, rear bumper, interior instrument cluster. The instrument cluster was redesigned with the speedometer now reading 140 mph (earlier models only indicated 130 mph) and a better-designed toll ticket slot in the driver's sun visor. Both sun visors also received extensions so the sun could be blocked out better when coming in from the side. The base Santa Fe was discontinued that time, making way for the Tucson.
In Australia, all models received body-colored (painted) bumpers from 2005 on. The color 'Sandstone' was discontinued in favor of a slightly different color named 'Mocha Frost'. The GL trim was dropped as was the four-cylinder engine and its respective 5-speed manual transmission. The 2.7 L V6 took over duties as the base engine. A passenger airbag cutoff that prevents the airbag from deploying if the seat is unoccupied (or occupied by a small person) was also added. A 3-point seatbelt was added to the center rear seating position, as well. The calendar function, housed in the overhead console was removed and a compass took its place.
The last year of this Santa Fe saw few changes. Two colors were discontinued for 2006, Merlot and Canyon Red. A rare color, Dark Emerald Green, was introduced mid-year. It did not appear in any sales brochures and could have only been ordered by a dealership. The LX trim level was renamed 'Limited' and got a corresponding tailgate badge, a first for the Santa Fe of any trim level. Another first was the availability of a monochromatic paint scheme, a departure from the contrasting gray cladding previously standard. The monochromatic option was only available on the Limited in black. In total, these options ran $1900, pushing the Santa Fe's total asking price to nearly $30,000.
Part of a joint venture with Hyundai Motors that began in 2002, a Chinese company, Hawtai Motor, manufactured the first-generation Santa Fe. While it did make Hyundai-branded models for sale on the Chinese market, one of the versions it debuted under its own brand name in 2009 was the Santa Fe C9. Utilizing a Rover-acquired engine, it may have been priced at a significant discount to those bearing the Hyundai name.
Hyundai ended its partnership with Hawtai in 2010 and production ended in 2015.
Second generation (CM; 2006)
The next-generation 2007 Santa Fe debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The first production Santa Fe rolled off Hyundai's Montgomery, Alabama assembly line on April 18, 2006. It shares this assembly line with the current generation Hyundai Sonata. The new generation sheds the old style's quirky design in favor of a more contemporary look.
In the United States, the new generation is offered in GLS, SE, and Limited versions. The new Santa Fe sees the return of a manual transmission, but only when mated with the 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) V6. The 3,342 cc (3.342 L; 203.9 cu in) V6 (a retuned version of the same engine found in the Sonata) is standard on the SE and Limited and comes only with a 5-speed automatic. Both 2WD and AWD models with a 3.3 L have a fuel economy of 19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp) city and 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) highway. The 2.2l diesel engine (not available in the US) with 186 hp (139 kW) has mixed cycle of 7.2l and a city cycle of 8.0l. The 4WD is a Borg-Warner Torque Management device, which diverts power to the wheels with best grip according to the amount of slip. If the front wheels spin slightly, 10% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. If the front wheels start to slip a lot, 50% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. Body lean in turns, a problem with the previous generation, has been reduced in the new Santa Fe. Both road and wind noise have also been reduced.
Newly standard on the latest iteration of the Santa Fe are all the safety features the previous model lacked or charged as extra. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side-curtain airbags for all seating rows, a tire pressure monitor, active front head restraints, and anti-lock brakes are all standard. A heated windshield wiper grid located in the front wipers' 'park' position helps to thaw ice buildup on the blades in colder climates. Some features like the tailgate flip glass and the lower body cladding were not integrated into the new model.
The interior has been upgraded as well with blue-lit dashboard controls (unlike the green color used in other Hyundai models), a gated shifter pattern, illuminated cup holders, and higher quality leather on Limited models. The rear seat head restraints caused visibility problems in the previous model due to their size. The new style features 'shingled' head rests that when lowered completely, sit flush with the top of the seat, helping to maximize rear visibility. The middle rear seating position now comes with its own head restraint and a three-point seat belt built in. LATCH child seat anchors are also standard, and an optional 50/50 third row seat allows Santa Fe to seat seven passengers.
Pricing remained competitive despite the upward move in size and feature content.
For 2008, only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe. A navigation system made by LG was offered and the Infinity sound system and the power glass sunroof were made standard on Limited models. The non-metallic white paint trim was dropped, leaving the pearl white as the only white color available on the Santa Fe.
2009 saw only minor changes for the Santa Fe. The 16" wheels on the base GLS model (USA specification) were dropped and replaced with black steel wheels and plastic covers. Additionally, the GLS received black plastic mirrors as opposed to the body-colored mirrors of the higher-tier SE and Limited models. This cut in equipment was rumored to be a countermeasure to offset the price increase of offering an iPod plug-in for the stereo system. Because of the black mirrors and wheel covers, the additional cost of the iPod adapter was negated, leaving the base price of the vehicle unchanged.
The Santa Fe topped the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by Insure.com. According to research, the Santa Fe is the least expensive vehicle to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle's safety.
December 2009 a more economical ‘R’ series piezo electric injector-equipped 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 145 kW of power (up 27 per cent) at 3800rpm and 436Nm of torque at 1800rpm (421Nm for the manual).
A mid-cycle refresh designed in Germany for the Santa Fe was implemented for the 2010 model year. The grille now includes horizontal and vertical gridded bars as opposed to the horizontal two-bar grille on previous models, and grilles are now body-colored instead of black. New rear taillights include all-red taillight covers with extensive chrome outlay, and new 5 split-spoke alloy wheels have replaced the previous 5- and 6-spoke wheels. All Santa Fe's now include standard Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and steering wheel audio controls, new darker wood trim, and metallic steering wheel inlay. Gauges have been designed with a new lettering and numbering 'font' and backlight design. A new touch-screen navigation system with rear back-up camera was now available. Finally, for the US market, the optional third row seat has been discontinued, leaving the larger Veracruz the only currently sold Hyundai in the United States to seat more than five persons.
Powertrain changes included a choice of the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic transmission. Engine choices include a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a 3.5-litre V6 engine. The latter engine is also used in the Kia Sorento. Both engines generate greater power while obtaining greater fuel economy than previous engine models. Sales began in early January 2010.
Only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe for 2011. The 1050-watt Infinity sound system became standard on Limited trim whereas it had only been previously bundled with the optional navigation system. Five new colors were added, as well, including Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray, and Espresso Brown.
On September 1, 2010, North American production of the Santa Fe shifted to Kia's new West Point, Georgia assembly plant for the 2011 model year. This was done to free up production capacity at the Alabama plant for the new Sonata and new Elantra. The Santa Fe fills the void left for a Kia-built Hyundai sold in the United States & Canada after Hyundai ended production of the Entourage minivan in 2009. Kia, however, is 49.2% owned by Hyundai.
The Santa Fe only received minor changes for 2012: The all-body colored grille (in North American markets) was straightened and received chrome accents while the textured strip below the headlights was changed from amber to clear. The interior received a new shift knob and downhill brake assist was added. The 2012 model will be discontinued by the end of the year, successfully ending production for the second generation.
Santa Fe Blue Hybrid
Hyundai is recalling almost 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2007–2009 model years, because the front passenger airbags may not deploy in a crash due to a possible problem with the occupant classification system. The system gauges the size of a passenger and based on that whether an air bag should be deployed. A software update rectifies the issue.
The Second-generation Santa Fe earned "Top Safety Pick" award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also received maximum 5 star safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Hyundai Santa Fe earned maximum five star safety rating from Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The Second-generation Hyundai Santa Fe topped the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by Insure.com.
Advertising Standards Bureau of Australia banned a Santa Fe TV commercial titled 'Restless' or 'Toddler' in 2007, which ASB argued that it promotes an illegal driving activity: an underaged person (a toddler) driving a car. He also picked up a hitchhiking toddler girl and both were wearing seatbelts instead of approved child restraints which also breached safety recommendations. The ad was produced by Kim Thorp and Howard Greive from Assignment Group NZ and directed by Tony Williams from Sydney Film Company, with post via Frame Set + Match, Sydney. The ad itself won the 2006 Fair Go Ad Awards in Best Ad Award category, and was also nominated in the top five in the Worst Ad category.
Third generation (DM/NC; 2012)
Hyundai launched a redesign of the Santa Fe on February 14, 2012, and went on sale in June 2012 as a 2013 model. Unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show on April 4, the third generation Santa Fe features two wheelbase variants: shorter 5-seat Sport variant and the long-wheelbase version (called Sante Fe XL in Canada) with three rows of seats and available seating for six or seven passengers. The longer Santa Fe also receives a unique grille design, optional 19 inch alloy wheels, flush dual exhaust tips, and a body shape that accentuates the crossover's added passenger and cargo room hind-wise from the B-pillar. Both models feature the new "Storm Edge" design prototype, eventually to launch on all other models, and feature refreshed Santa Fe unibody crossover platform, akin to most of today's SUVs.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport models arrives with an all four-cylinder engine lineup. The CUV's standard engine is a 2.4 L developing 190 horsepower (142 kW), with a 264 horsepower (197 kW) 2.0 L turbo four on offer. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive being optional. The Santa Fe Sport has Hyundai's Torque Vectoring Cornering Control feature for upgraded drive performance. Both engines shift through a six-speed automatic transmission (already found in the Azera sedan), returning up to 33 mpg‑US (7.1 L/100 km; 40 mpg‑imp) for the naturally aspirated model and 31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp) for the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T model. The long-wheelbase is offered in North America exclusively with a 3.3 L, 290 horsepower (216 kW) V6 engine, whose numbers were not beaten by a same-class vehicle so far.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport went on sale in September 2012 for the North American market. The long-wheelbase variant would follow suit in November 2012 and went on sale in early 2013 after the Veracruz ended production.
The Santa Fe Sport is marketed as the Santa Fe in several regions outside North America and also available with a third row seat option, while the long-wheelbase Santa Fe is also marketed as the Grand Santa Fe. The Korean-spec Santa Fe was launched in Asia since April 19, 2012, in short wheel base form with 7-seater capacity. Available engine types are a 2.0L E-VGT R-Line and 2.2L E-VGT R-Line diesel engines. In March 2013, the Santa Fe long-wheelbase variant was available in South Korea as the Maxcruz.
As per Hyundai's website, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are available in multiple trim levels:
The Santa Fe Sport is available in one basic trim level, but with two engines, and multiple packages that add many features. Basic equipment includes alloy wheels, an A/M-F/M stereo with CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth for phone and audio, voice command, six (6) speakers, cloth seating surfaces, and more. Features such as an upgraded sound system with upgraded touch-screen radio, a full, GPS navigational system, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces can be added to the basic Santa Fe Sport so that buyers can choose their ideal vehicle. Engine choices are either a 2.4L Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDi) Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, or a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, offered as the 2.4 and 2.0T trim levels, respectively.
The Santa Fe is available in two distinct trim levels: the SE (Formerly called the GLS until the 2016 model year), and the Limited. The SE includes alloy wheels, an A/M-F/M stereo with CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth for phone and audio, voice command, six (6) speakers, cloth seating surfaces, and more. Features such as an upgraded sound system with upgraded touch-screen radio, a full, GPS navigational system, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces can be added to the Santa Fe SE to further enhance this trim level. The Limited adds those features that are optional on the SE, while adding larger alloy wheels and wood interior trim. The Santa Fe is only available with the 3.3L V6 engine.
For the 2014 model year, blind spot monitoring became available on all trims, and Technology Package added rear parking assistance, cooled front seats, and memory front seats. Rear window sunshades were added to the Premium Package.
2017 model year update
For the 2017 model, both the LWB Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport has received a facelift with restyled headlights and taillights. In the domestic Korean market, this facelifted model was named "Santa Fe The Prime".
|Theta II 2.4 MPi||2012–2018||6-speed automatic||176 PS (129 kW; 174 hp) @ 6000 rpm||23.1 kg⋅m (227 N⋅m; 167 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm||
||190 km/h (118 mph)|
|Theta II 2.4 GDi||191–193 PS (140–142 kW; 188–190 hp) @ 6300 rpm||24.6–25.0 kg⋅m (241–245 N⋅m; 178–181 lbf⋅ft) @ 4250 rpm|
|Theta II 2.0 T-GDI||268 PS (197 kW; 264 hp) @ 6000 rpm||37.2 kg⋅m (365 N⋅m; 269 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-3500 rpm|
|Lambda II 3.3 MPI||270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6400 rpm||32.4 kg⋅m (318 N⋅m; 234 lbf⋅ft) @ 5300 rpm||8.5s||210 km/h (130 mph)|
|Lambda II 3.3 GDI||286–294 PS (210–216 kW; 282–290 hp) @ 6400 rpm||34.4 kg⋅m (337 N⋅m; 249 lbf⋅ft) @ 5200 rpm|
|2.0 R II CRDi||2012–2018||6-speed automatic||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @ 4000 rpm||39.1–40.8 kg⋅m (383–400 N⋅m; 283–295 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2500 rpm||
||187 km/h (116 mph)|
|2.2 R II CRDi||193–200 PS (142–147 kW; 190–197 hp) @ 3800 rpm||45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2750 rpm||
||203 km/h (126 mph)|
|Lambda II 3.3 MPI||2012–2020||6-speed automatic||270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6400 rpm||32.4 kg⋅m (318 N⋅m; 234 lbf⋅ft) @ 5300 rpm||8.7s (FWD)
|207 km/h (129 mph)|
|Lambda II 3.3 GDI||286–294 PS (210–216 kW; 282–290 hp) @ 6400 rpm||34.4 kg⋅m (337 N⋅m; 249 lbf⋅ft) @ 5200 rpm||8.3s|
|2.2 R II CRDi||2012–2020||6-speed automatic||193–200 PS (142–147 kW; 190–197 hp) @ 3800 rpm||45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2750 rpm||9.9s||201 km/h (125 mph)|
As part of the Super Bowl XLVII campaign, 3 TV commercials developed by INNOCEAN USA were premiered during Super Bowl XLVII:
- In "Epic Playdate", a father takes his family on a trip in a long-wheelbase Santa Fe consisting of various increasingly unorthodox activities, which include driving around in mud to getting away from bikers behind them and bowling in a human-sized inflatable hamster ball. The commercial features a cameo appearance by The Flaming Lips.
- In "Team", a young boy recruits his own team to take on a group of children who took his football, with the long-wheelbase Santa Fe being used to gather various members of his team, all of which are shown to do various tasks that would typically require adults (such as wrestling a bear, rescuing a man from a burning building and welding).
- In "Don't Tell", a father and his children in a short-wheelbase Santa Fe perform various activities to somewhat extreme extents, including skiing down a dangerous (black diamond-rated) ski trail and watching a horror film, during all of which the father tells his children, "Don't tell mom". In the last activity, the mother goes parasailing with her son, to whom she says, "Don't tell dad".
Fourth generation (TM, 2018)
On February 21, 2018, Hyundai introduced the fourth-generation Santa Fe in South Korea, followed by the Geneva Motor Show in March. The fourth-generation Santa Fe is a two-row SUV which succeeds the previous Santa Fe Sport model. The new Santa Fe arrived in North American dealerships starting in the summer of 2018 as a 2019 model.
The previous three-row, long-wheelbase Santa Fe continues into model year 2019 rebranded as the Santa Fe XL. Its replacement, the Palisade, debuted in 2018 as a 2020 model.
A diesel fuel version of the Santa Fe was made available in the United States for the 2019 model year. In Europe, three engines are offered: a 2-litre diesel (152 or 180 hp), a 2.2-litre diesel (197 hp) and a 2.4 litre petrol engine (185 hp). The engines will be offered with 6- or 8-speed automatic transmissions.
On June 3, 2020, Hyundai Motor Company revealed the facelifted Santa Fe for the 2021 model year. The facelifted Santa Fe is built on a newer platform, and is heavily redesigned. The facelift model was launched almost 3 years after the pre–facelift Santa Fe was launched.. The Santa Fe features "T–shaped" LED lights that merge into a newer and wider "Cascading" grille. The rear has also been revised, with a long LED strip running across the width of the car, similar to that seen on the seventh generation Hyundai Elantra. Wider wheel arches have been built to accommodate the larger 20 inch wheels.
The car has a redesigned center stack with a bigger "push button gear selector" as well as a new drive mode selector. It also has a 10.25 inch touchscreen and the driver has a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster.
|Theta II 2.4 MPi||2018-present||6-speed manual
|172 PS (127 kW; 170 hp) @ 6000 rpm||22.9 kg⋅m (225 N⋅m; 166 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm||
||190 km/h (118 mph)|
|Theta II 2.4 GDi||6-speed automatic
|188 PS (138 kW; 185 hp) @ 6000 rpm||24.6 kg⋅m (241 N⋅m; 178 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm||
||195 km/h (121 mph)|
|Theta II 2.0 T-GDI||8-speed automatic||235–238 PS (173–175 kW; 232–235 hp) @ 6000 rpm||36.0 kg⋅m (353 N⋅m; 260 lbf⋅ft) @ 1450-3500 rpm||207 km/h (129 mph)|
|Lambda II 3.5 MPI||280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) @ 6300 rpm||34.3 kg⋅m (336 N⋅m; 248 lbf⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm||7.8s||210 km/h (130 mph)|
|2.0 R II CRDi||2018-present||6-speed manual
|185–186 PS (136–137 kW; 182–183 hp) @ 4000 rpm||40.8–41 kg⋅m (400–402 N⋅m; 295–297 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2750 rpm|
|2.2 R II CRDi||193–202 PS (142–149 kW; 190–199 hp) @ 3800 rpm||45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2750 rpm||
Chinese market version
The Chinese market fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in 2019 (called "Shengda" (胜达) in Chinese), featuring a restyled rear end similar to the eighth generation Hyundai Sonata. The Chinese version is 40 mm (1.6 in) shorter than the international version, while featuring a 5 mm (0.2 in) longer wheelbase.
|Calendar year||United States||South Korea|
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Hyundai road vehicle timeline, North American market, 1984–present
|Elantra Touring||Elantra GT(C+US)||Elantra GT(C+US)|
|Santa Fe||Santa Fe||Santa Fe Sport||Santa Fe|
|Veracruz||Santa Fe (LWB / XL)||Palisade|