Active safety focus for Santa Fe Series II

Active safety focus for Santa Fe Series II

The trickle down of active safety technology from the flagship Hyundai Genesis sedan has begun with the refreshed series two model Santa Fe SUV gaining many of these features.

Hyundai claims the Santa Fe remains New Zealand’s most popular large SUV, it has sold 1620 units in the year to September 30, against 1571 registrations from the Toyota Highlander.

Back rental sales out of the equation say Hyundai and the Santa Fe is sitting on 1484 registrations, followed by the Holden Captiva on 976, Subaru Outback on 903, and the Toyota Highlander had 867 private buyer registrations.

The recommended retail prices for the Santa Fe Series II have also increased between $1000 and $3000 to reflect the improved specification and features across the line up. The range starts at $58,990 for the 2.4-litre petrol five seat Santa Fe, to $81,990 for the seven seat Elite Limited variant.

For the 2016 model year, the Santa Fe Series II gains autonomous emergency braking (AEB), advanced smart cruise control (ASCC), blind sport detection (BSD), lane departure warning system (LDWS), lane change assist (LCA) and smart park assist system(SPAS).

All of these new features which started life in the Genesis are now standard equipment on the Elite Limited variant of the Series II Santa Fe.

SUNA GPS traffic monitoring, satellite navigation, premium audio, an 8 inch colour touch screen, and a remotely opening power tailgate are all part of the new Santa Fe’s arsenal of features.

It is also differentiated from the previous model generation by a hexagonal grille in a similar design to its smaller and recently launched sibling the Tucson.

Unlike the new Tucson, the new Apple Car play system is not yet available in the Santa Fe Series II.

Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair says the local distributor will evaluate customer feed back to see if Santa Fe buyers want such a system.

“We have to balance the price and availability of technology coming down and across the models against what the customers are prepared to pay for it,” he says.

There is however, so a new front and rear bumper design for the new Santa Fe Series II, new headlights with daytime running lights, fog lights and cornering lamps, as well as a new wing mirror design with side repeater lamps and a new set of alloy wheel designs.

The taillights, rear bumper, reflectors and exhaust tips have also been changed as part of the cosmetic enhancements for the series II range.

The smart park assist system on the new Santa Fe Series II model will assist with both automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, using the front and rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera display housed in the touch screen.

All of the previous petrol and diesel engines and six-speed automatic transmissions are carried over, and the ANZAC suspension package is retained, albeit with a few subtle modifications for better handling and ride quality.

Prices: 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II

  • 2.4-litre petrol A6 5S AWD $58,990
  • 2.4-litre petrol A6 7S AWD $60,990
  • 2.2-litre diesel A6 5S AWD $64,990
  • 2.2-litre diesel A6 7S AWD $66,990
  • 2.4-litre Elite A6 7S AWD $69,490
  • 3.3-litre V6 Elite A6 7S 2WD
  • 2.2-litre diesel Elite A6 7S AWD
  • 2.2-litre diesel Elite Limited A6 7S AWD
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