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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Space, Smoothness and Ultra-complete Equipment

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a D-segment SUV manufactured by Hyundai since 2000. Currently the fourth generation is marketed, presented in 2020.


If I were to characterize the 2021 Santa Fe, I would call it a very solid alternative to premium SUV, which have much higher prices. The new Hyundai Santa Fe has equal equipment, not yielding in quality.It offers a gigantic interior space.

Although the sales volumes of the midsize SUVs do not have the same figures as that of the compact or small, the level of competition is higher, due to the fact that by housing larger cabins, a great deal of equipment is required to increase comfort.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is characterized by being a very solid alternative to premium SUV with much higher prices Equal equipment, and a good option compared to other 7-seater SUV of similar size and benefits within the general brands. Possibly the Hyundai is one of those that provide a greater sense of quality and solidity, while offering a gigantic interior space. Its market positioning makes it the most capable multi-purpose approach model within the Hyundai range, both for its SUV-like approach and for its cargo and passenger space capabilities.

Among the SUVs that aspire to rival the Hyundai Santa Fe we ​​find the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sorento, Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Outback, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander and others. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t have three rows of passenger seating, like some of its hot rivals. Te Santa Fe can only fit five.

If innovation and design are put before anything else, then it can be said that the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento are above the rest of the opponents among which the Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda stand out. Atlas, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder.

If you had to choose between Santa Fe and Sorento, the first model wins the dispute by having a slightly lower price and having more power (39 horsepower more). With this combination of factors, it can be said that this Hyundai model offers the best value for money among midsize SUVs .

The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Calligraphy. On the SE, SEL and Limited trim, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. This week we are test-driving and reviewing the SEL trim with 2.5L engine and AWD. It gets a 24 MPG mixed fuel economy and 22/25 city/highway.

The starting MSRP for this trim is $30,350, which goes up to $31,680 with added features.This vehicle can get 191 to 277 hp.

Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior Design

The evolution in exterior design of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has been more than obvious. The fourth generation of the Korean SUV abandoned its demure lines and opted for a much more risky proposal, loaded with responsibility with a large intimidating front grille. It combines with the LED optics in an imposing front end.

Chrome accents throughout the Luxury Package and highly stylized daytime running lights complete the transgressive bet compared to their predecessors. At the rear, it is the light clusters that claim all the prominence, perhaps with a more conventional design that extends to the side of the bodywork and through the entire boot lid with a light bar that is replicated in the bumper.

Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Design

Inside the Hyundai Santa Fe we find smooth lines that accentuate the feeling of space, a floating central screen that dominates the dashboard and a very high level of qualities, adjustments and materials for a car of a generalist style. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe defends a role where it is committed to higher quality, which translates into better materials, the design in two colors, a greater endowment of equipment and in the same way in higher rates than models such as the new Hyundai Tucson that would be the model located one step below.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

Although it does not have the same avant-garde design of the CX -9, the interior of the Santa Fe is simple and with good quality materials. What, if it is that this sober style in the long run is well appreciated, since it does not visually age so fast.

This conservative style is accompanied by great interior comfort, especially in the second row, which is extremely spacious - even for large people - and comfortable, since the backrest reclines. With this, it is possible in the back row for three adults to travel comfortably.

Considering the dimensions of this SUV, the driving is quite tame and dynamic. Similarly, considering that it has a high center of gravity, the body roll is minimal when driving at high speed through sharp curves.

Other highlights when driving the Hyundai Santa Fe is the firmness it transmits when rolling on uneven or dirt roads, and the effective response it offers when the accelerator is fully depressed.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe rear side view

Taking into account all the features of the Hyundai Santa Fe, it goes without saying that it is one of the best midsize SUV with two rows of seats. At the moment, it is the model that perfectly combines quality and value.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.

Reference: AS, Turbo.