Since then, Malaysian drivers have moved on to many other segments and to a certain extent, Santa Fe is more or less ‘forgotten’. It is not really Hyundai’s fault as the SUV/4WD segments are growing more and more saturated day by day. Having said that, one must commend Hyundai for foresight as they no longer produce the Santa Fe in petrol versions anymore. Instead they have replaced it now with all-wheel drive models and diesel engines. Quite a radical move one might say, but significant nonetheless.
The engine is being mated with a 6 speed automatic gearbox transmission which mated with the 2.2 liter engine gives you more power and better control. The new SLX model, which was created to replace the SX version of the older generation is set to turn heads as the people at Hyundai are dead serious when it comes to their product lineups.
The base trim itself comes with a 5 star crash rating label. Features include traction control, stability control system, a top grade 6 airbags around the car, parking sensors, a cruise control system, audio system with iPod and USB connections and 17 inch alloy wheels. If you go one up, you can get the Elite version which of course gets you the cooler stuff like auto headlamps, powered driver seat adjustments, a cool box, push button start, dual climate control zone air cond and such.
If you go another level up known as the Highlander, that is where you get the coolest stuff which include a 6 CD/MP3 changer, 18 inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, rear parking camera, leather upholstery and rain sensing wipers. The Santa Fe essentially is a spacious car with a lot of cabin space although it looked a bit too ‘muscular’. Either way it is quite a fresh offering to have come out from Hyundai and at the rate it is going, it won’t be long when you see more Hyundais roaming the streets of Malaysia.