All-New 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Now Available in the UAE

Boxy styling, more room, segment-first features, and a UV steriliser

After months of ogling at pictures of this curiously styled SUV on the internet, the all-new fifth generation Hyundai Santa Fe has finally reached UAE showrooms. The new vehicle is based on Hyundai’s ‘Open for More’ concept that has transformed the vehicle, in every aspect.

Exterior: A new, boxy shape and H-inspired design cues

For Santa Fe’s first full-model change since 2018, Hyundai Motor has adopted an emphatic, new boxy shape and has incorporated the letter ‘H’ in its design, inside and out, to help convey a recognizable presence be it within city limits or beyond. The all-new Santa Fe makes a strong first impression thanks to its high hood, H-shaped headlamps and tail lamps, sharply defined fenders and large 21-inch wheels.

Interior: More ‘H’ design cues, two 12.3” displays & UV sterilisation

Santa Fe’s all-new interior emphasizes the horizontal and vertical design elements, matching the exterior outlook. The H-shaped design is applied to the dashboard and air vents as well. Interior highlights include an innovative UV-C Tray in the dash (to sterilise an items like phones, wallets etc), high-speed dual wireless charging system for smartphones and a “first-in-class” Panoramic Curved Display (encompassing the two 12.3-inch displays, the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system). It also comes with a C-type USB terminal (max. 27W).

Space: Improved head and legroom; reclining 3rd row

The midsize city-friendly SUV is claimed to have class-leading, “terrace-like living space” and an enhanced 3rd row seating made possible by its longer wheelbase. It provides a claimed class-leading cargo capacity offering plenty of room for sports equipment and camping gear; and improves roof access with an innovative Hidden-type Assist Handle, located in the C-pillar.

The Santa Fe is a bigger and more commodious vehicle this time around. It’s second-row legroom’s length has increased by 35 mm to 1,075 mm and the third-row legroom’s length has increased by 15 mm to 761 mm. The third-row headroom’s height has also been increased by 69 mm to 958 mm and its seat height has increased by 30 mm to 282 mm. In addition, the third-row seating reclines 10 degrees, an increase over the previous generation.

Safety: Multitude of Active & Passive features

Where safety is concerned, the Santa Fe has you covered it’s the radar-based Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 2 and Lane Following Assist 2. Meanwhile, features like the Driver Attention Warning (DAW) along with Driver Monitoring System (DMS) – a Hyundai Motor’s first – analyses the driver’s vital signs to help ensure safe driving. Other driver assistance and safety features are Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Surround View Monitor, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and Safe Exit Assist.

Powertrain: turbo and non-turbo 2.5L engine options; 8-speed transmissions

The all-new SANTA FE comes powered by one of two powertrain options. Base models get the gasoline 2.5-litre engine (Theta III 2.5 GDI) which is mated to an 8-speed automatic. Maximum engine output is a useful 191 hp, while max. torque is rated at 246 Nm. The more powerful choice is the gasoline 2.5-litre turbocharged engine (Theta III 2.5T GDI – 8DCT) with a maximum output of 277 hp and max. torque of 422 Nm.

The new Santa Fe will go against a range of versatile SUVs including the GMC Acadia, Geely Monjaro, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Chery Tiggo8 Pro Max etc. Pricing and warranty details for the all-new SUV for the UAE have yet to be announced. For more information on the all-new Santa Fe, watch this space!

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