Boasting new styling sharp inside and out, and top new Calligraphy décor serves as the “serious replacement for Similar size SUVs from a luxury brand, ”the redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe easily won the spot list of best new cars for 2021.
To highlight the best new cars of the year, we say the changes to the two-row Santa Fe make it “look and feel more like the more prominent three-row Palisade”. That’s no faint praise, as the Hyundai Palisade has been on our list of the Best New Cars of 2020.
The most notable change is the new look of the Santa Fe, the clearest example of this lies right ahead. The front grille is wide, tapering to the ends, surrounded by T-shaped LEDs. The rear-light configuration has also been updated, and the overall effect is sharp and modern. Hyundai
redesigned the interior with more advanced amenities and introduced a new premium Calligraphy model. There are new, more powerful petrol engines, along with a hybrid version (private consideration) in addition to new advanced safety features. A Hyundai Santa Fe 2022 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is due later this year.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 starts at $ 26,850 plus $ 1,175 in destination charges and goes up to $ 40,000 for a fully loaded Calligraphy model.
Behind the wheel
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 is available with two petrol engine options.
We drove a Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy 2021, a flagship model powered by a 2.5 turbo engine.
Our first impression: the new Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy exudes a sense of luxury. The heated front seats and vents, upholstered in soft leather with quilted quilting in the upper back area, are comfortable and the overall design of the interior is elegant.
Adding to the rich ambience are a digital instrument panel and a large horizontal touchscreen on the instrument panel. Also noteworthy is the new center console, which features electronically controlled buttons for the Santa Fe’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is perfect for the job. With a capacity of 277 horsepower, it helps Santa Fe climb the highways with ease, even when all five seats are occupied. Turbo acceleration comes quickly and smoothly.
If there’s one complaint, it’s: The engine, which uses both ports and direct fuel injection, is a bit uncomfortable when accelerating slightly. But the power will be transmitted to all four wheels of the Santa Fe through an 8-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly during acceleration. Sometimes, however, low-speed shifts lack the smoothness you’d expect from Hyundai.
That said, the Santa Fe 2021 performs well during daily grinding, aided by a gentle steering system, well-tuned brakes and good overall ride quality. Furthermore, the rear seats are comfortable for adults and the cargo area remains spacious; in fact, it’s about half a block more spacious than the previous Santa Fe.
Note: Calligraphy’s standard all-wheel drive system has three selectable modes for the driver: Normal, Sports, and Smart. In Sport, more torque is sent to the rear to give the Santa Fe a sportier drive.
Both power and fuel economy are significantly improved for 2021. The base model with the 2.5-liter non-turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive achieves 22 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy. / 25 mpg combined. The 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with AWD is rated at 22 mpg in the city / 25 mpg hwy / 24 mpg combined.
Standard features and options
The base model, Santa Fe SE ($ 26,850), well equipped. Powered by a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powered by an 8-speed automatic, the front-wheel drive SE has 18-inch wheels and a host of advanced driver aids , such as forward collision avoidance aids. detects, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and warns the driver’s attention. The forward collision system also detects cyclists and detects the turn, where the system can detect an oncoming car when you are making a left turn at an intersection.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 doesn’t shy away from technology. The infotainment system is based on an 8-inch display and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity. However, there is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch wide navigation screen available.
The new button shift lever creates more storage space in the center console. Soft touch materials and ambient lighting add a luxurious ambience. New materials, colors and additions to the existing Nappa leather make the interior of the SUV even more appealing. Hyundai is also adding more convenient features such as power folding rear seats and 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
As you move up the Santa Fe trim range, there will be more powertrain options. The Santa Fe SEL ($ 28,650) and Santa Fe Limited ($ 38,600) is available with a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine, making about 277 hp and powered by a new wet eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive ($ 1,700) is optional on SE, SEL and Limited, but standard above Calligraphy Santa Fe ($ 42,100). 19-inch and 20-inch wheels available.
There are many more safety features, such as blind spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic collision assist, safe exit assist, front and rear parking distance warning, curtain ambient view and blind spot monitor. Remote smart parking assistance is available on Limited and Calligraphy models.
Other options include quilted quilted Nappa leather power seats, heated rear seats, 10.25-inch navigation system, sensor wipers, eco-suede head pads and a full display. color.
Front-collision avoidance assistance is standard on all versions. This system alerts the driver of an impending crash and can actually bring the SUV to a complete stop in low-speed braking situations. Additionally, Safe Exit Assist is standard on SEL and higher versions. This system monitors oncoming traffic from behind and keeps the rear passengers from the vehicle until the traffic has passed safely.
There is also an automatic high beam assist feature. This feature automatically attracts the Santa Fe’s high beam to provide more light when there are no oncoming traffic and dim them when it detects an approaching vehicle or a car ahead .
What we like
Significant refresh brings two powerful petrol engines
Updated styling plus updated and refreshed interior
The Calligraphy version is quite nice
Plenty of advanced driver assistance and standard safety features
What we don’t
Some advanced driver support is optional
Some people prefer the traditional gear switch to the new push button setup
Other cars to consider
2021 Kia Sorento– Santa Fe and Sorento are mechanical cousins, but Kia
continues to have a third row of seats available, which is not available to Hyundai.
The Highlander has three rows of seats and a slightly more traditional look than the younger-looking Santa Fe.
Advice from Autotrader
We like the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2021. It has a 277-hp engine, 19-inch wheels, power folding rearview mirrors, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic parking camera and blind spot monitoring system. This version is the best balance between reasonable price and desirable amenities.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.