Asian car makers love to give us plenty of options. They think that a really wide array of alternatives when we are buying a car is their key to success. Maybe it is but some users despite this system. If you are a user in this category, you could hate the 2017 Santa Fe.
Without major changes or improvements, Hyundai decided to make even longer the configuration sheet. This excellent SUV will now enjoy of two brand-new trims, the Ultimate, in order to improve even further the two that were already existent. So, one of the most notable things about the new Santa Fe is the massive array of alternatives when it comes the time to select what the client really wants.
Getting to the point, along the SE and Limited trims previously offered, this upcoming year brings the addition of two more variants, the SE Ultimate, and the Limited Ultimate. And if you were wondering about powertrain upgrades, forget about them. The 2017 Santa Fe is getting the same V6 from previous releases.
Let’s take a more detailed look of this upcoming SUV.
Drivetrain and Specs
The 2017 Santa Fe will pack a 3.3 L V6 powerplant, totally capable of producing 290 hp. Along with this engine, users will find as standard a 6-speed automatic transmission. FWD comes as standard, while the all-wheel-drive layout is available on all the trims for an extra US$1.750. Also, you must know that the Sport, Eco, and Normal are the driving modes that will be available to enhance the overall performance.
Being a familiar vehicle, there is a huge importance for safety technologies onboard. In this order, expect cutting-edge automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, electronic parking brake, adaptive headlights, and plenty of other safeness-oriented features. Unfortunately, they don’t come for free. Even on the Ultimate trims, users need to pay an extra US$2.100 for the Ultimate Tech package in order to get all these elements installed.
Design and Convenience Setups
The 2017 Santa Fe is a highly beautiful SUV on both exterior and interior. Its bold front seems aggressive and elegant, without losing the Hyundai’s spirit. Also, he front fascia show off several renovated element as the bumper, grille, and headlights. These design changes fortify the connection of the SUV with its closer siblings, the Elantra and the Sonata, both successful sedans of the same car maker.
Now, if we talk about all the configurations and items available, this could take hours. You must have in mind that there is an upgrade option for every element at each trim.
Standard items for the SE are, to have an example of the array of items, 18-inch aluminum wheels on the exterior while inside the cabin it features dual-zone automatic climate control and 8-way power driver’s seat. Falling in the same game of the “unlimited” customization options, the Premium package can greatly upgrade the SE trim with leather upholstery and leather on the steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, proximity key with push-button ignition, electroluminescent gauges, power liftgate, an LCD information screen for the driver, and so many more, mostly in terms of comfort, toys, and visual detailing.
In general terms, the interior design is really modern and avant-garde. The dashboard has a unique symmetry in the automotive industry, delivering a feeling of quality all the time. The light colors combinations also add beauty and elegance. With it, Hyundai is delivering a master class in interior design.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Santa Fe is planning to be a highly customizable model before the checkout phase, offering flexibility and accessibility to most customers.
The SE trim starts at US$31.695, representing an increase from the outgoing model. On the other hand, the Limited starts at US$35.845. For both trims, the Unlimited upgrade represents more than US$8.000 during cash out but offer a huge deal of features.