Santa Fe Turns Up The Torque

Newcastle Herald

Wednesday November 5, 2008

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AS well as updating its Grandeur model for 2009, Hyundai has also been busy preparing its facelifted Santa Fe SUV for the new year.

The big news for the new year is Santa Fe's new "torque on demand" all-wheel-drive system which directs power to the back wheels whenever sensors detect loss of rear-wheel traction. There is an override button allowing drivers to self-select four-wheel-drive lock mode.

The result is a vehicle (especially when it is powered by the 2.2 litre diesel) whose forward progress in the rough stuff is stopped only by the inability of its tyres to cope.

Wisely, Hyundai has decreed Santa Fe gets an all-rounder-type tyre rather than more extreme off-road specification rubber.

Other upgrades for 2009 include chrome highlights on the grille, side repeaters mounted in the rear-view mirror housings and an upgraded audio with iPod compatibility.

The car is available with a choice of five or seven seats and 2.7 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel engines.

SANTA FE PRICING

(not including on-road costs)

SX 2.7 petrol manual: $33,990

SX 2.2 diesel manual: $36,990

SLX 2.2 diesel (auto only): $41,990

Elite 2.2 diesel (auto only): $46,990

(automatic transmission is a $2000 option on SX models)

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