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The large seven-passenger Santa Fe XL comes with a 3.3-litre GDI six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manumatic transmission. The mill, which is standard across all trim levels, makes 290 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque.
In addition to offering seating for seven people, the Santa Fe XL lives up to its XL name with its generous 2,265 litres of cargo capacity. On demand all-wheel-drive is available on all trims above the base FWD.
A really big Hyundai, which in spite of its silly name is actually quite appealing on a practical, family-first kind of level. The Santa Fe is what they call a ‘D-segment’ SUV, which means it competes with the Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Mid-sized SUVs like the Santa Fe appeal because they’re usefully smaller, cheaper, more economical and less brash than conventional SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery, Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. But you still get seven-seats – granted in most the two rearmost seats are good only for kids, but who sits fully-grown adults back there anyway? – a lofty driving position, a degree of off-road ability if you get one with all-wheel drive and some proper tyres, and the ability to tow caravans, horseboxes and so-on. And of course there’s the image, which nowadays is even more important than whether the car is, you know, any good.
THE TEST DRIVE
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE XL LIMITED TEST DRIVE EDMONTON CONTACT GREGTHECARGUY.COM CALL/TEXT: 587-200-5676 EMAIL – firstname.lastname@example.org The large seven-passenger Santa Fe XL comes with a 3.3-litre GDI six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manumatic transmission. The mill, which is standard across all trim levels, makes 290 hp and 252 lb.-ft.
Image is a thing Hyundai might have struggled with a decade ago, but times have changed. You could argue the Santa Fe is the car that really made Hyundai’s name in the UK. Before its release in 2001 they were known for building reliably cheap hatchbacks nobody really wanted or indeed deserved, but the chunky Santa Fe and its steady march upmarket (which continues with the new fourth-gen car) has overseen a revitalisation of Hyundai’s entire range and, therefore, image.
We’ve always thought the last Santa Fe was a good-looking thing. Not good-looking like a Jaguar F-Type is good-looking, but in a refined, functional kind of way that somehow manages to look almost as modern now as they day it was introduced. The new car wears Hyundai’s corporate look we think much more successfully than the little Kona crossover.
The last few years have seen big names like Honda, Chevrolet and Volkswagen roll out redesigned or all-new mid-size crossovers with three rows of seating, but Hyundai is staying the course by carrying over its Santa Fe XL model for 2018. That doesn’t mean this South Korean crossover is past its best-before date.
A midsize 7-passenger SUV, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is popular with families because it offers plenty of space, impressive features and a standard 290-horsepower 3.3-liter engine, which is the most powerful naturally aspirated V6 in its class.