Hyundai unleashes 2015 Grand Santa with incredible innovations
Emerging from a total makeover, the new Grand Santa Fe according to Hyundai Motor Company replaces its predecessor – Vera Cruz, but essentially remains the same SUV, except that it fulfills the criteria for a typical 6-seater SUV commonly referred to as ‘Captain’s Chair.’
Logically explained, the Grand Santa Fe is 225mm longer than the regular, incorporating an extended 100mm wheelbase with higher and wider dimensions, which incidentally gives the car a deserving place in the entire large crossover/SUV market.
The SUV would no doubt appeal to very many drivers that appreciate details and novelty like the three split-folding seats in the second row and fully-folding seats in the third row yet with a total of 634litres of boot space behind the second row of seats.
The six-seater vehicle is indeed ideal for the large family. It comes equipped with ample knee and leg room with enough room for three adults in the rear and one kid in the third row.
The Santa Fe’s rear seats also fold down as a trio or individually, and flatly, to free up more space while the front passenger seat folds flat too, for carrying very long objects.
Hyundai’s Grand however offer loads of striking features such as rear packing assist, auto light control cooling glove box, integrated memory seat, cruise control, full auto air-conditioning and rear air conditioning.
In addition are full leather upholstery, a premium 6 speakers virtual surround sound system, driver/passenger side and curtain air bags, smart key with button start and sun roof/ roof rack with motor driven power steer and anti lock brake system.
For easier boot access, the rear loading height has been lowered by 18mm with an optional power tailgate feature and a remote-folding function for the second-row seats.
All seats including the power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support are supportive and comfortable. The full-length panoramic sunroof adds to the sense of roominess in the cabin. Meanwhile the rear privacy glass and blinds makes it less claustrophobic for second and third-row passengers.
As you’d expect, the Grand Santa Fe can carry considerably more cargo than its shorter sibling with a remarkable 634 litres of space when the third-row seats are folded flat. Further cargo space can be freed up by folding the 40:20:40 split second-row seats, making it one of the most functional SUVs in this price range.
The exterior poses some notable differences too. At the front, there is a new four-bar radiator grille, premium-style fog lamps and a wide skid plate. The sides pose wider rear quarter glass, different 19-inch alloys and enhanced wing mirrors while the rear features a new dual muffler, restyled rear combination lamps and new rear bumper skid plate.
Powered by a 3.3-litre V6 engine which produces 270 hp and 318 Nm of torque, the Grand Santa Fe has one of the smoothest engines on the market with a six-speed automatic transmission.
As for safety, the car offers Electronic Stability Control (ESC), driver/passenger side and curtain airbags for maximum defense against injury. Depowered driver and passenger airbags minimize injuries from frontal impact while side curtain airbags ensure that your passengers are protected from side impact.