2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review: Long Term Review, Part 1

by under Review, SUV, family on 05 Oct 2015 11:49:32 AM05 Oct 2015
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2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE
Price Range
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Fuel Consumption
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4RATING
PROS

Room for 7, Standard Features, quiet cabin

CONS

difficult to access third row seats

We have recently taken delivery of a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite, which is powered by a 2.2 litre diesel engine and as enough room for seven passengers.

2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)

We have always found the Hyundai Santa Fe to great car when we’ve previously had the chance to review them for a week. So it was with great excitement that we accepted a long term Santa Fe from Hyundai Australia to put a large SUV through the wringer of everyday family life.

The Santa Fe Elite arrived in to the CarShowroom.com.au garage just in time for school holidays, which means we have already had plenty of opportunities to put some decent kilometers under the hood.

Our first adventure was a quick run up to Bendigo for a day out with with 2 adults and 4 kids on board.  The extra passengers involved us engaging the third row seats, which is as simple as pulling on lever in the back of the seats.  Even with the third row seats in place there was still plenty of room for the picnic and play equipment in the boot.  With the third row folded the luggage capacity is 516 litres, second and third row folded increases that number to 1615 litres.

2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)

With child seats fitted in the second row getting the older kids in to the third row seats can be a little difficult. You can either remove the child seats and fold down the second row seats or do as we did and have the older children climb over the seats and hop in to the third row.

The R 2.2-litre CRDi turbo-diesel produces a 145kW and 436Nm when matched to the six-speed automatic transmission offers the best of both performance and economy. The claimed fuel consumption for the Hyundai Santa Fe diesel is 7.3L/100km we managed to use only 6.2l/100km on our mostly freeway trip.

Key Features on the Hyundai Santa Fe Elite

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Cornering Light
  • 18-inch alloy wheels (inc full size spare)
  • Smart Tailgate – which opens automatically when you stand next to the boot for 3 seconds with the key in your pocket or bag.
  • dual zone climate control with cluster ionizer
  • Glovebox compartment with cooling
  • Supervision cluster with colour TFT LCD centre display
  • 7" Satellite Navigation audio system
  • Premium audio system featuring 6 speakers, 2 tweeters, centre speaker, and sub-woofer all powered by an external amplifier
  • Leather appointed seats
  • Electrically adjusted driver's seat (8 way)
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • powered driver’s seat
  • independent ventilation controls for third row
  • cruise control,
  • trip computer
  • rain-sensing wipers
  • dusk-sensing headlamps
  • electronic parking brake.

Safety hasn’t been overlooked either with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control System (TCS).

2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4D WAGON ELITE CRDi (4x4)

Showing amazing faith in their own product Hyundai Australia offer Lifetime Capped Price Servicing and a10-year Roadside Assist program on the Santa Fe, hopefully this will be a benefit that we don’t need to call on during the next few months.

Check back over the coming months as we post updates about how the Hyundai Santa Fe performs as an everyday workhorse.

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite AWD diesel
Date acquired – September 2015
Odometer reading –  5180 km
Kilometres  travelled since last update – 0
Consumption since previous update – 0

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