The Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater SUV has been upgraded and restyled for 2021. It has grown by 15 mm in length, 10 mm in width and 5mm in height yet offers a more spacious and comfortable interior, with a 39 mm increase in leg room for second-row passengers, and a bigger cargo area.

Elite features leather upholstery as standard in either black or the new Cognac Brown.

Highlander steps up the tactility and ambience with supple Nappa leather throughout the cabin, in a choice of black or Camel Beige.

A perforated leather steering wheel with alloy-look controls ties in with brushed aluminium surrounds for the centre console controls, with a premium black suede headlining above.

All-new SmartStream engines; a 3.5-litre petrol V6 and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder are offered for each variant.

The range-opening Santa Fe variant features as standard an 8.0-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a colour instrument cluster display, and wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charging.

Also standard are a rear-view camera, rear park distance warning system, tyre pressure monitoring system, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.

A range-standard suite of SmartSense technologies includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning (FCA-JT), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA) systems.

There are also Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) systems, and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.

2021 Santa Fe Active builds on the generous standard specification with leather appointed seats and dashboard, a front park distance warning system and dual-zone climate control.

Santa Fe Elite introduces a 10.25-inch navigation unit featuring DAB+ digital radio, premium audio by Harman Kardon, a hands-free Smart Power Tailgate, and 20-inch alloys.

The flagship 2021 Santa Fe Highlander introduces a futuristic 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, a Surround View Monitor, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, heated steering wheel, body-coloured wheel arch cladding and exclusive 20-inch alloys.

In addition, Highlander features Head-Up Display, Blind-Spot View Monitor, panoramic glass sunroof, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist systems.

A low and wide cascading grille flows into the stacked headlight design to develop what Hyundai says is a more mature look.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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