New Hyundai Santa Fe gets stylish and even safer
A more eye-catching design, along with improved refinement and space, for Hyundai’s seven-seat SUV
Hyundai has introduced the fourth generation of its largest SUV, the Santa Fe, which involves a major restyle, extra space, and some refinement and safety upgrades. For a brand that moves big numbers in other automotive segments, the Santa Fe has been a relatively slow seller in SA’s competitive big-SUV market that includes rivals like the Kia Sorento, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Audi Q5, among others. The anonymous styling did the third-generation Sante Fe few favours but, in a nod to the new “sensuous sportiness” Hyundai family look that was introduced in the recently-launched Kona, the newcomer is sculpted into a far more eye-catching shape with its slimmer front and rear lights and bolder “cascading” grille. Under the guidance of Hyundai’s recently appointed chief designer Luc Donckerwolke (previously of Lamborghini fame), the large SUV now sports a more purposeful look with what Hyundai describes as having athletic muscles. The more handsome body perches atop a l...