Starting with the automatically-opening liftgate, and you can take those words literally: rather than have to swipe your feet under the car or use any hand gestures, Hyundai’s solution simply opens the liftgate if you stand there long enough with your key fob on you. You may want to be a lot more careful about where you stand with your key fob, in the future.
If you may have previously noted a steering too void of feeling, Hyundai’s electric power steering system has benefitted from a new 32-bit microprocessor which addresses this. Hyundai is keen to point out that its ‘Sport’ mode is a lot firmer than before.
To suspension matters, and both ends of the car is treated. The front benefits from retuned front wheel bushings, and increased wheel bearing and lower control arm bushings have been added to improve ride qualities. Hyundai also tells us that the rear suspension has also been tuned, but it wasn’t specified to what extent.
Powering the US-market Hyundai Santa Fe is still a carried forward range of engines, including a two naturally-aspirated engines (2.4-litre four-pot, 3.3-litre V6), and a turbocharged 2.0-litre option. You get these paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in the States in two wheelbase lengths (2,700mm and 2,800mm) as either a five- or seven-seater. In Malaysia, it’s the shorter wheelbase for us, with seven seats.