The current model Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander is the best one yet from the brand and while it may be getting replaced this year there is still plenty of reasons to buy this model before they all disappear.
The Santa Fe Highlander is packed to the gills with technology, safety and convenience items that you might not expect from Hyundai, and this Santa Fe Highlander has stamped its authority on the seven-seat large SUV class.
The Highlander is the top of the range and is perfect for the family in many ways however it also covers the luxury and tech expectations you’d expect to find when spending over $60,500 plus on-road costs.
Hyundai’s softer and taller styling direction accommodates better outward visibility for rear passengers and the driver has much better views.
This model welcomed back the petrol V6. Now while a V6 may seem like it could be super costly in the fuel bill, this model was a surprise and compared itself well to competitors. Being a seven-seater it needs the power to get going and keep moving and the Lambda-II 3.5-litre V6 is bigger, more powerful, and just more suited to Hyundai’s flagship SUV.
The V6’s outputs of 206kW and 336Nm are up (by 68kW and 95Nm) on the old 2.4-litre four it replaces, which is no surprise. Matched to Hyundai’s eight-speed auto, the Santa Fe deliveries an easy driving experience that is a big improvement over the old model.
Hyundai claims the new 3.5-litre V6 can get by on 10.6L/100km of regular unleaded on the combined cycle. While this number is great in theory, the test rendered a slightly different result with around 12L/100km. This is still impressive for a car that is around the 1800kg mark.
From the moment you jump inside, it’s apparent Hyundai has really taken the time to make something of it. The Highlander presents as a much more expensive SUV with the selection of materials and textures to the fit and finish the Santa Fe Highlanders feels.
The Highlander has six airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, forward collision warning, forward AEB (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), active cruise, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and exit warning to stop anyone getting out of the car being hit by an approaching vehicle.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander is packed with features, looks great and goes and handles really well. Worth a look if a seven-seat SUV is what you need.
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The Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander is overall a great package. Even though there is a new one coming soon this model is by far not out-dated. It all but matches the Toyota Kluger with specs and while it may not be an off-road vehicle it packs a punch on road.
Handling and driveability is excellent and the V6 power plant is great. It has lot of features and safety is key. Hyundai have done a great job with this Santa Fe and hopefully the next one can live up to this generation.