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Hyundai unleashed vastly improved Santa Fe Sport



‘The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is more compact of the two Santa Fe badged models thrown open to the public in a five-passenger configuration. This Sport model is unleashed to challenge Nissan Murano and Ford Edge’.

Don’t empower the badges to mislead you: the suffix “Sport” in the Santa Fe Sport signifies more its petite size compared to its larger, three-row counterpart. The Santa Fe Sport offers a comfortable ride coupled with the powerful handling to put forth an amazing on-road performance, but what makes the Sport stand apart is its well-appointed interior, a plethora of available safety features, and the catchy price tag. The Santa Fe Sport works wonders to cater to you middling fuel economy, but it is the rich cargo hold that turns this compact version of the Santa Fe into a truly multi-utility automobile.

So, what does the 2018 model offers?

The major change for 2018 that Santa Fe Sport rides upon is the incorporation of the $1900 Value package. It could only be availed with the entry-level 2.4-liter engine and clubbed to select a plethora of popular equipment options. Those characteristics include a power-backed driver’s seat coupled with lumbar support, auto-up feature for the front windows whereas the power windows are enriched with the auto-down function. Furthermore, it comes loaded with the goodness of LED daytime running lights, roof rails, and fog-light among others.

Hyundai now offers a three-year free trial to test its Blue Link telematics systems to be equipped on the vehicles. Plus there also comes a premium wood trim that is fitted with the available leather interior.

Engine and Transmission

The base model is powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates power equivalent to 185 horses and an impressive 178 lb-ft of torque. It could only be availed in the base trim level, while it could easily pull along 2800 pounds. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is an option in the Sport trim whereas it is loaded as standard in the Ultimate version that we scrutinize throughout our review. That engine is an absolute powerhouse producing huge power to steer 3500 pounds.

The two engines are enriched with the goodness of front- or all-wheel drive. The Sport model’s standard six-speed transmission proves effective if not exactly eager. The car adjusts the throttle and transmission exceptionally well with the Eco, Normal, and Sport modes, and the shifts aren’t snappy at all in the Sport model.

What’s on the inside?

The car continues to showcase the upmarket feel inside as the makers have rolled few of the very impressive interiors in recent years and the Santa Fe spearheads the trend. While the car showcases an attractive high-position high-resolution centre screen, it proves itself as the undisputed trendsetter in the market by featuring stunning dials and high standards of finish that are richly complimented by the impressive build quality.

One could buy it in either five-seat or seven-seat diguise, with the rear seats exhibiting the luxury of being foldable quite easily. Furthermore, the Sport offers a high and commanding seating position to the driver.

What gives it the highest IIHS rating for Safety?

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport takes care of your safety thoroughly and caters to you some leading features like the Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change, Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and rear parking sensors.

The Santa Fe Sport will most probably make available some additional features on the Adaptive cruise control complimented by the stop-and-go traffic capabilities, Automatic Emergency Braking that will amply detect the pedestrians, give you a lane Departure Warning, assist you with the high beam and Dynamic bending light that automatically adjusts the headlights in the direction of a turn. Now we know why Santa Fe received the highest overall IIHS rating of Top Safety Pick+.

A cool fact

Hyundai plans to cater to the Santa Fe owners an exclusive five years of complimentary roadside assistance under the Hyundai Assurance program, in addition to the generous 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.

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