2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport starting from $24,450 excluding an $825 delivery and handling fee (*D&H) for the entry-level front-wheel drive model with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 190hp and which delivers an estimated 23mpg city, 33mpg highway and 26mpg combined.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport is also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 264hp and 269 lb-ft and which returns an estimated 22mpg city, 31mpg highway and 25mmpg combined. The front-wheel drive turbocharged model starts at $27,700, again not including D&H.
All 2013 Santa Fe Sport models are equipped with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, while AWD is offered on all variants for a $1,750 premium.
The 2.4-liter engine models come equipped with standard 17-inch wheels, Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control, front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, LED brake and headlight accents, remote keyless entry system with alarm, power windows and doors, air-conditioning, and a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth hands free.
In addition, the 2.0-liter Turbo models get 19-inch wheels, push button start, electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer, and chrome exhaust pipes.
As far as the interior and exterior styling is concerned, the European Santa Fe is no different from the North American Santa Fe Sport that was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.
While North America will also get a 7-seater, 4,905mm long version called the Santa Fe LWB, Europe will make do with the regular model that measures 4,690mm long model, but which will be offered with a choice of either five- or seven-seat configurations.
Marketed as a more premium and stylish entry in the European mid-size crossover segment, the new Santa Fe will be available in the UK with a single diesel engine and the option of 2WD or AWD, with prices starting from £25,495 OTR.
Hyundai offers the new SUV with three trim grades beginning with the entry-level Style that includes, 18-inch alloys, reverse parking sensors, daytime running lights, self-leveling suspension (seven-seat only), air conditioning, Bluetooth with voice recognition, multi-function steering wheel, ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and seven airbags.
The next trim level is named Premium and it adds touchscreen satellite navigation, reverse parking camera with Parking Guidance System, electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, roof rails, chrome effect door handles and black leather seat trim.
Finally, at the top of the range is the Premium SE trim that gets 19-inch wheels, electric driver’s seat adjustment, Panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, front parking sensors, Smart Parking Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system and Hyundai’s Supervision Cluster with LCD display.
The five-seat Santa Fe Sport will launch in the States with two gasoline engines, including a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder with 190hp and 181 lb-ft of torque that manages an estimated 23mpg city, 33mpg highway and 26mpg combined, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four rated at 264hp and 269 lb-ft that returns an estimated 22mpg city, 31mpg highway and 25mmpg combined.
The South Korean carmaker says that the third generation Santa Fe embodies an evolution of the firm’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language named ‘Storm Edge’. What this translates to is a more chiseled shape with a boxier front end than the frumpy current model.
“The all-new Santa Fe, whose core product concepts are “Refinement,” ”Smartness” and “Practicality, ” is expected to be a hit in the global SUV market, offering the best value to customers in every aspect, with its differentiated design, cutting-edge technologies, good fuel economy and practical use of space,” said Hyundai in a statement.
The new Santa Fe is expected to begin rolling out in global markets after its world premiere in New York, with more specific details to become available at a later date.