Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Review 2012 Specs, Features & Prices



The Korean auto maker Hyundai has launched its acclaimed SUV, Hyundai Santa Fe. The major competitors for this new car in Indian markets are Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CRV and the Chevrolet Captiva. The new luxurious SUV has been introduced in two trims i.e. 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive.

Hyundai Santa Fe, the flamboyant machine
is packed with class apart looks that is sure to appeal to car enthusiasts. The all new Hyundai Santa Fe is very  irresistible and this head turner will take your breath away in a single glance. To retain its competitive edge in the mid-size crossover segment, the all new refreshed 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has a newly refined exterior design and numerous interior improvements.

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with a diesel engine only. The Santa Fe's 2.2 L, 2199 cc, CRDI diesel engine is known as best performer in city and off-roads. The CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel supply system delivers amazingly good engine performance and better fuel efficiency. The car is mated with 6 speed manual gearbox that is transaxle type. The Euro V engine of Hyundai Santa Fe has also been endowed with 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshafts) that will offer clear emission and better torque.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is redesigned with impressive exteriors and interiors offering both, style and comfort. From the outside, the mid size SUV is dressed with new bumpers and body moldings, sporty wheels and a new grille which offers a very aggressive look to the car, a pair of fog lights to give Santa Fe a dynamic and taut stance according to the new car builder. The front body colour grille with chrome insert offers trust and faith. The interiors are also very impressive with overall leather wrapping along with few cute touches of wood and chrome.

The Hyundai Santa Fe incorporates many comfort and safety features for both, the pleasure and safety of the passengers. Some of the safety features include 6 Airbags, ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD, and brake assists, active headrest, ESP, rollover sensor, cruise control, parking sensor, immobilizer, central door locking, child seat anchor, etc. The comfort features available in the Hyundai Santa Fe are iPod/USB auxiliary inputs for MP3 players, audio controls on the steering wheel standard in both variants, dual zone Automatic temperature control with all side AC vents, front and rear power windows, cluster ionizer, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, trip computer, etc.
  • Safety approved by EURO NCAP

    The Santa Fe was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, a European independent vehicle safety organization in its rigorous crash-test assessment program.

  • 'SUV of the year 2011' in India

    Santa Fe was awarded the 'Import SUV of the year' by CNBC TV18 overdrive awards 2011.

  • Various seating options

    Drivers can use the interior space more practically using the seat variation feature.

  • Exterior- Xenon headlamps & washer jets
    - Rear combination lamps
    - Stylish side repeaters
    - Sun roof
  •  Interior- Interior colour package
    - Seat variation
    - 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Performance- Theta 2.4 MPi
    - Transmission
    - Full-time 4WD system
    - Front and rear suspension
    - Organ-type accelerator pedal

    Safety- Electronic Stability Program(ESP)
    - Advanced airbag technology
    - Disc brakes
    - Rollover sensor

  • Convenience- Super-vision cluster & shift indicator
    - Fully automatic air conditioner
    - Rear-view camera display

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Sporty & urban design. Suppose you saw this car for the first time, speeding by you in a flash. What word could describe your impression if you had never heard of “Santa Fe” before? It’s “style,” plain and simple. No other name even comes close.
  • Xenon headlamps & washer jets Xenon headlamps are luxuriously bright and brilliantly clear, providing a surer view of the road ahead at night. The Santa Fe headlamps are also ringed by a chic blue light for a special mark of distinction. Washer jets are installed to keep the headlamp glass clean at all times.

  • Rear combination lamps The eye catching clear glass horizontally aligned lamps continue the frontal themes.
    The result is maximum attraction combined with optimum visibility.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Ext-4-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Stylish side repeaters Thermal wires are built into the mirror to remove frost or fog for greater driving safety in cold weather. The newly designed side repeaters enhance the exterior appearance.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Ext-10-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Sun roof The power sunroof adds refreshment to your trip, even when driving around the city. The warm sunlight and cool breeze can flow into the cabin with a simple push of a button.

  • Twin exhausts The dynamic SUV image is accentuated by dual exhausts. Their design hints of the thrill you get when driving the Santa Fe.

  • Fog lamps with clear lenses
    Visibility is improved in inclement weather for greater driving safety.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Ext-6-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Rear Spoiler
    Stylish and practical, the aerodynamic spoiler features an integrated LED powered high mounted stop lamp for extra braking visibility.

  • Roof rack
    The silver colour projects the dynamic look of a true SUV and adds a touch of luxuriousness.

  • Hatchback handle
    The design is attractive and offers a great grip. The hatchback opens and closes easily.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Ext-11-2011Aug26-ver0.1.png 17” Alloy wheel
  • 18” Alloy wheel (No flange)
  • Silica tires
    The tires feature a silica-based rubber compound that provides outstanding grip on wet surfaces and reduced rolling resistance for improved fuel efficiency.

  • Rear wiper
    Precipitation on the rear window can be removed for a safer rear-view.


Innovative, comfortable and elegant Santa Fe customers demand more than mere basic comfort and ergonomics. For this reason the relaxed purposefulness and elegance of the latest generation of up-market cars has been incorporated from day on. Duo tone fascia padding elegantly efficient air venting, a binnacle-type instrument console and metallic integrated central audio console are some of the more immediate highlights.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-4-2011Aug26-ver0.1.png Seat variations for four distinct spatial arrangements One of the greatest advantages an SUV has over the passenger car is the flexibility of the interior space. The Santa Fe’s seating for seven occupants can be reconfigured to enjoy greater comfort when on a break, ensure ample cargo space when on business or carry odd-shaped items when on holiday. And the seating adjustments are so easy to make. The Santa Fe is also available with two rows of seats to provide more cargo room in back at all times.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-17-2011Aug26-ver0.1.png 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat The Santa Fe will make you want to drive further and visit new places. As the driver you get the special privilege of fine-tuning the settings on your seat ten different ways to conform to your body type. You’ll feel as refreshed at the end of your trip as when you started out. The Santa Fe’s comfort will take you further and to new places.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-11-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Cooler
    The unit keeps beverages cool and thirst-quenching for a long time, making driving on hot summer days more refreshing for everyone.

  • Conversation mirror
    The driver can talk to rear seat occupants without turning around, making the trip more enjoyable and safer for everyone.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-13-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg  Luggage screen (with 5-person seating)
    Diverse items can be kept stored neatly away and are easy to locate when needed.
  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Tcn-12-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Heated seats
    The driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat are equipped with thermal wiring for greater warmth on cold days.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-16-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Centre console
    This is a must for any driver. You can keep small items you need within easy reach at all times.


  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Tcn-2-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Theta 2.4 MPi Fuel type : Gasoline
    Displacement : 2,359 cc
    Max. Power : 174ps / 6,000rpm
    Max. Torque : M/T 23.0kg·m / 3,750rpm
    A/T 23.0kg·m / 3,750rpm

    Here is a power plant for the future. The Theta(Θ) II 2.4 I4 has been made lighter to improve fuel efficiency, and the variable valve timing system reduces emissions. With the Theta(Θ) II 2.4 I4, you get greater responsiveness and better fuel economy at once. And that’s the best solution of all.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Tcn-3-2011Aug26-ver0.1.png
    Lamda 3.5 MPi
    Fuel type : Gasoline
    Displacement : 3,470 cc
    Max. Power : 280ps / 6,300rpm
    Max. Torque : A/T 34.3kg·m / 5,000rpm

    R 2.2 CRDi
    Fuel type : Diesel
    Displacement : 2,199 cc

    Max. Power : 197ps / 3,800rpm

    Max. Torque : M/T 43.0kg·m / 1,800~2,500rpm
    A/T 44.5kg·m / 1,800~2,500rpm
  • 6-speed automatic The Santa Fe’s new six-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth yet delightfully dynamic.

    Manual transmission

    Manual six-speed, with exceptional shift quality, NVH characteristics and durability, comes with a shift indicator to encourage optimal driving habits.

  •   Full-time 4WD system You get optimal handling at all times. An electronic clutch actively distributes torque to the front and rear wheels to accommodate changing road and vehicle conditions.

  • Front and rear suspension The McPherson strut suspension in the front delivers excellent rigidity and durability for superior handling and collision safety. The multi-link rear suspension improves ride and manoeuvrability and allows a wider interior space for maximum utility.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Int-14-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Organ-type accelerator pedal The accelerator pedal is moves in the same direction as the foot moves, minimising driver effort and preventing possible mishaps from foreign objects on the accelerator.


Setting a new standard for safety systems. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is a basic and essential concern when deciding which vehicle to buy. Look no further. Hyundai Motor has made safety the top priority when designing the Santa Fe. The protective capabilities may not be readily apparent to the eye, but this SUV is thoroughly equipped to withstand diverse collision scenarios.
  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Sft-8-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Electronic Stability Program(ESP) The Electronic Stability Program detects when the vehicle is starting to lose traction, even before the brakes are applied. The system responds immediately by applying the appropriate brake force on each wheel and adjusting engine torque to stabilise the vehicle. The ESP integrates the functions of the EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) system, ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and TCS (Traction Control System) to provide greater driving stability when driving through curves or on slippery road surfaces.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Sft-3-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Advanced airbag technology Depowered airbags on the driver’s and front passenger’s seats deploy at reduced force to prevent possible injury. Side airbags and curtain airbags are installed all around to protect occupants from head injuries and help keep them inside in the event of a rollover.
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  •   Disc brakes The Antilock Braking System (ABS) electronically controls all four wheels, while ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels provide optimal braking performance under any circumstance.

  • Rollover sensor This sophisticated safety system monitors vehicular angle and can predict a rollover, activating the side and curtain airbags to protect the occupants from head injuries. About - Roll Over and Roll Over Sensor ROV
  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Sft-6-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Active headrest on driver’s seat
    In the event of a rear-end collision, the head restraint moves forward automatically to minimise the possibility of injury to the head and neck.

  • Santa-Fe-FL-2011-Sft-7-2011Aug26-ver0.1.jpg Safety power window
    The window automatically stops closing and reverses direction when a finger, arm or other obstruction is detected in its path.
Unibody Structure

Unibody Structure

The Santa Fe’s top-level crash test ratings and surefooted handling are largely the result of its rugged unibody construction. Over 7,000 welds, strategically placed crumple zones, side-impact door beams and high-strength steel create an insulating structure to help protect you in case of any collision.


Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) work in tandem to prevent skids, maintain traction and keep the vehicle under control even in difficult steering conditions.


Anti-lock Braking System

Emergency braking maneuvers can cause a vehicle’s wheels to lock up and skid, resulting in a loss of steering control exactly when you need it most. ABS helps prevent the possibility of wheel lockup under hard braking, and rapidly pulses the brakes to help you retain steering control as you come to a stop.
Electronic Brake-force Distribution
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Electronic Brake-force Distribution

EBD balances braking forces at each wheel when the car is dynamically loaded. This helps the driver maintain confident control in difficult braking situations.


Brake Assist

In emergency braking situations, many drivers may not apply sufficient braking force to achieve the shortest possible stopping distance. Brake Assist helps detect emergency braking and ensures the maximum braking force is immediately applied to minimize stopping distances.
Limiting Whiplash


Limiting Whiplash

Even the best drivers can do little to avoid rear-end collisions. Hyundai has included active front head restraints that move forward and up during a rear impact, helping to limit the extent of potential whiplash. The restraint mechanism uses body weight alone to react in a collision, making it simple, yet extremely reliable.
All Around


All Around

Six standard airbags protect front-seat passengers from front and side impacts, while side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors extend to help protect all passengers. An intelligent Occupant Classification System detects the size of the front-seat passenger and adjusts inflation accordingly. In fact, the OCS is so smart that if no passenger is detected, the passenger-side airbag won’t inflate, reducing repair costs. 



One-touch power tilt-and-slide sunroof with sliding sunshade, dual front automatic temperature control, navigation and an audio system decked out with XM® Satellite Radio, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks. Plenty of luxury, at a price that makes sense.

Stylish and Safe


Stylish and Safe

The radio and temperature controls are placed high on the dashboard for easy visibility, while buttons and knobs are generously sized and clearly marked. The gear shifter and steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls are conveniently located so you can operate them by touch alone. Even the cupholders are illuminated in a soft blue glow at night to highlight their location. Each feature is designed to be visually appealing, but not visually distracting.
Details, Details


Details, Details

Featuring Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a one-touch power tilt-and-slide sunroof with sliding sunshade. Santa Fe designers even added small conveniences like a sunglass holder in the overhead console and trip computer meant to make your experience as comfortable and clutter-free as possible.
Cargo Space


Cargo Space

Though Santa Fe has more passenger volume than the RAV4 and CX-7, it’s not always how much cargo space you have, but what you do with it. Inside you’ll find plenty of cubbies for storing smaller items, additional storage under the cargo floor. Within LIMITED V6 models there is a two-prong 115-volt outlet that’ll power standard household appliances like laptops and radios.
Power Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof


Power Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof

Get your daily dose of fresh air and Vitamin D with the available one-touch open power tilt-and-slide sunroof with sliding sunshade.
Dual Automatic Temperature Control


Dual Automatic Temperature Control 

Temperature autonomy makes for happier passengers. Santa Fe LIMITED has dual front automatic temperature controls with a CleanAir Ionizer and eight fan speed settings so you can dial in the perfect temp. And unlike most competitors, Santa Fe also features B-pillar-mounted adjustable rear vents that direct the air throughout the cabin rather than just at the center passenger’s legs.
Audio System


Audio System

The powerful audio system comes with standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, integrated Bluetooth® hands-free phone system and iPod®/USB and auxiliary input jacks. The LIMITED adds the Infinity® LOGIC7™ Premium Audio System with 10 speakers and an external amp that cranks out 605 watts of high-fidelity.
Navigation System


Navigation System

The Santa Fe navigation system has a large, high-resolution 6.5-inch touchscreen that’s simple, intuitive and features a rearview camera for tight parking spaces. You can search from over five million points of interest, view most recently visited locations, marked points and favorites. With built-in XM® NavTraffic™, you’re able to get real-time traffic updates to help you save time on your commute.


  • Super-vision cluster & Shift indicator Chrome rings add elegance to the easy-to-read gauge cluster. The shift indicator helps you enhance your fuel economy by timing your gear changes just right. You will be able to cut down on wasted fuel and maintain the proper engine speed at all times.

  • Fully automatic air conditioner The system will automatically adjust the interior temperature to match the setting made by any occupant, ensuring optimal riding comfort.

  • Rearview camera display A 3.5” LCD monitor is built into the electro-chromic rearview mirror to display the images provided by a camera mounted on the rear. You can easily see people or obstacles behind the vehicle when backing up.  
  • Engine start/stop button
    This handy system lets you turn the ignition on and off with the simple touch of a button. Now your driving enjoyment starts with the greatest of ease.

  • Audio remote on the steering wheel
    With the remote control built onto the steering wheel, you can adjust your audio system safely while driving. The simple, modern design adds sophistication to the steering wheel as well.

  • 6-disc in-dash CD changer system
    The high-performance audio system will make any genre of music sound fantastic. The 6-disc CD changer is built into the dashboard, adding convenience and variety to the audio entertainment.

  • Audio CD player
    The rich-sounding CD player keeps you close to your music when on the road.

  • Auxiliary, USB and MP3 ports
    Diverse external devices can be plugged into the onboard sound system for unlimited music access.
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  • Cluster ionizer
    This built-in system improves interior air quality. A fan is used to generate ion plasma that helps clean the air and suppress bacterial growth in the cabin.

  • Keyless entry
    You can open and close the doors and trunk simply by pressing a button on the key in your hand.

  •   Proximity key system
    You can start the engine or lock/unlock the doors by activating a button on the proximity key when you are near the vehicle. There’s no need to insert a conventional key into the slot or push a button on a separate remote control unit.


Available V6 horsepower, sure handling in the corners and a smoother ride make Santa Fe easy to drive and comfortable to live with. A beefed-up chassis helps manage higher loads and forces you might face when venturing off pavement or while towing a trailer.




Choose from the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Vibration-reducing measures ensure either engine remains remarkably refined at high speeds or when accelerating briskly. And both feature a Variable Intake System and Continuously Variable Valve Timing on the intake camshafts. Translation: more response and efficiency over a broader range of engine speeds.
6-speed Automatic Transmission


6-speed Automatic Transmission

Santa Fe models come equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. Performance minded drivers will appreciate the option to switch gears manually when driving on inclines, winding roads or when preparing to pass.
All Wheel Drive


All Wheel Drive

When it came time to design the on-demand All Wheel Drive system in the Santa Fe, we turned to the experts at BorgWarner®. Their recommendation: the BorgWarner ITM 3e™, an electromagnetic clutch-type system that sends 95% of the power to the front wheels—until they encounter a low-traction situation, when up to 50% of the power can be apportioned rearward. The advantage: higher efficiency than systems that are always on. The fully automatic system also features an AWD lock button that allows you to send and hold half of the available power to the rear wheels.
CUV Suspension

CUV Suspension

You sit higher in a Santa Fe than in a sedan. This requires a specialized, fully independent suspension system for cornering and handling. The firmly damped, long travel suspension tackles both challenges while the reinforced suspension and generously sized wheels and tires―18 inches on SE and LIMITED models―have alignment settings that enthusiasts will recognize as being well suited for safe and confident cornering capability.


Theta 2.4 MPi 6 Speed Manual AWD

General Category SUV
Product Label Theta 2.4 MPi 6 Speed Manual AWD
Model Name Santa Fe
Seats 5
Engine Engine Label 2.4 Theta II  MPi
Displacement (cc) 2,359
Max. Speed (kph) 190
Max. Power (ps / rpm) 174 / 6000
Max. Torque (kg·m / rpm) 23 / 3750
Acceleration (0 - 100 kph) (sec) 11.2
Braking Distance (m) 43.7
Number of Cylinders 4
Valves of Cylinder 16
Transmission Transmission Type 6 Speed Manual  AWD
Fuel Consumption Fuel Type Gasoline
Fuel Consumption
(Urban / City) (litre / 100km)
Fuel Consumption
(Extra Urban / Highway) (litre / 100km)
Fuel Consumption
(Combined) (litre / 100km)
CO2 Emission
(Combined) (g / 100km)
Fuel Tank Capacity (litre) 70
Exterior Overall Length (mm) 4,685
Overall Width (mm) 1,890
Overall Height (mm) 1,725
Wheel Base (mm) 2,700
Front Wheel Tread (mm) 1,615
Rear Wheel Tread (mm) 1,620
Front Over Hang (mm) 945
Rear Over Hang (mm) 1,040
Cargo Cargo Area (litre) 774
Weight Curb Weight (Lightest) (kg) 1,732
Curb Weight (Heaviest) (kg) 1,815
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 2,505
Wheels & Tire Front Wheels 7.0Jx17", 7.0Jx18"
Rear Wheels 7.0Jx17", 7.0Jx18"
Front Tires 235/65 R17", 235/60 R18"
Rear Tires 235/65 R17", 235/60 R18"

Download Comparison Between Santa Fe All Variants

Hyundai Santa Fe Variants

Variants Transmission Engine Description Mileage Power AC Power Steering Central Locking
4X2 (Diesel) Manual 2199cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
8.5 13.4 197 PS at 3800 rpm Standard Standard Standard
4X4 (Diesel) Manual 2199cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
8.5 13.4 197 PS at 3800 rpm Standard Standard Standard
4x4 AT (Diesel) Manual 2199cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
8.5 13.4 197 PS at 3800 rpm Standard Standard Standard

Hyundai Santa Fe Price

Hyundai Santa Fe Variants Price

Variants New Delhi Bangalore Mumbai Chennai Pune Hyderabad Kolkata
4X2 (Diesel) 22,34,976 22,65,556 23,44,136 22,75,600 23,21,478 22,75,264 22,96,638
4X4 (Diesel) 24,43,472 24,76,832 25,62,768 24,87,803 25,37,983 24,87,465 25,10,878
4x4 AT (Diesel) 25,37,064 25,71,673 26,60,917 25,83,060 26,35,176 25,82,723 26,07,051

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