In one of the automotive industry’s most recognized and rigorous vehicle tests, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have been awarded 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recognition. In addition, Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra, Elantra GT, Sonata and Tucson models were Top Safety Pick award winners.
“Hyundai was one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The safety of our customers and their loved ones is paramount in our thinking when we design new vehicles.”
To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, vehicles must also gain an acceptable or good rating in passenger-side small overlap front tests and improved headlight rating. Features which helped these vehicles garner these recognitions included (but were not limited to) optional front-crash prevention, specific headlights and excellent performances in IIHS track tests at various speeds.
“We raised the safety bar for 2018,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Now vehicles have to achieve an even higher level of safety. Our Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards help consumers zero in on the vehicles with the best overall performance for crash prevention and protection.”
Hyundai Santa Fe overview
The Sante Fe 7-seater mid-size SUV takes on the brand’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design, also known as Storm Edge. The highlights include a rising belt-line, bold rising shoulder line behind the rear door handles, wide panoramic sunroof with motor driven roller blind without a center beam, unique fog lights with cornering lamps and the front HID headlights, as well as LED side repeaters, and gloss black finishing on the door frames and pillars.
From the rear, detailing includes a sporty twin muffler with double exhaust tips, a diffuser-style moulding beneath the bumper, and LED rear spoiler with a high-mounted third brake light.
Inside, the dramatic 3D sculptural treatment of the dashboard, center console and adjustable steering command attention. In addition, the sophisticated information display instrument and supervision cluster with its 4.2 inch TFT LCD coupled with the high gloss chrome finishing as well as the full leather upholstery, creates a premium feel for the interior.
Longer and wider than the previous generation, the Santa Fe provides the best-in-class legroom and increased amounts of headroom in the first row. Seating convenience is improved by lowering hip point and ground clearance, while wrap doors that extend to the bottom of the sills make access easier. The driver gets a 12-way adjustable seat with lumbar support. Furthermore, the second row can be slid back or forward for added convenience, and can also be reclined and split fold in a 4:2:4 ratio with a remote folding feature for extra carrying capacity.
The Santa Fe has a generous storage space of 585 liters, which makes it possible to load large, voluminous items. Other amenities include an overhead console sunglass holder, two front and two rear seat cup holders, door bottle holders, enlarged central storage console, front storage bin, front seat – back pockets and an innovative cargo under tray and floor board storage, as well as the rear seats’ armrest built-in, pull-out cup holders. Relevant manual or dual full automatic air conditioning systems with Eco switch and second/third row ventilation are standard.
Two engines are available for the Malaysian market: the 2.4l four-cylinder that engine delivers 176ps at 6,000 rpm and up to 227 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. Next is the 2.2 CRDi diesel engine that churns 197ps at 3,800 rpm and up 436Nm of torque at 1,800 ~ 2,500 rpm. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.