2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate: Elegance, value and more

6 Oct 2017 | 842 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Looking for a really cool compact to midsized crossover with [pizzazz for a relatively low price? Let's introduce you to the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T Ultimate. It's a really sharp, contemporary, well-made and quite sexy looking crossover which costs $39,875--not bad for a top of the line model with quite a bit of desirable, up to the minute equipment and technology. The Santa Fe Sport  is powered by a 2.0T 2.0 liter turbocharged, direct injection four cylinder putting out 240 horsepower. It certainly has enough power for the road, and it sounds it too, with a nice exhaust note as well. It never let us down on the highway, and felt like a solid, stable CUV with a lot of value built in. The Santa Fe Sport is rated at 21 miles per gallon combined city highway, 19 city, 24 highway.  But  our Santa Fe Sport consistently did three to four miles per gallon better than that, so we think the estimates being used by the company are a bit on the low side; we did even better.  The Santa Fe Sport uses 4.8 gallons of gasoline to go 100 miles, and annual fuel costs are  $1,700 based on 15,000 miles of driving every year, on $2.40 a gallon gasoline. The Santa Fe Sport is the two seat row version of Hyundai's strong selling crossovers, and yetm, it offers a lot of value and style compared to other two row crossovers.  It's a bit larger than say, the Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape, so there's a bit more room inside. And in some ways, it's also more luxurious inside, too, though we think that some of the trim and pieces are not quite up to the class standards. It's a good looking, comfortable, value-packed crossover---and that's why it is such a strong seller for Hyundai.   For the Ultimate model we tested, standard features include air conditioning and full power assist systems of course, along with  hands free smart liftgate with AutoOpen and premium door sills; leather wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, privacy glass;  fog lights, heated dual power side mirrors, premium gloss-black lower front fascia, power sunroof, RR parking sensors, premium lower door trim; heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats; 40/420/40 split fondling rear seats with slide and recline function; integrated memory system for front seat and side mirrors, navigation, electroluminescent dash gauge cluseter; Blue Link Remote Start, Blue Link Multimedia map system and other features. Vehicle Stability Management System with traction control, front side impact, side curtain and drivers knee airbag; tire pressure monitoring system, blind spot detection system are among the standard safety features. And with  its classy black alloy wheels, black paint, dual sunroof, and sharp two tone black and gray interior, our Santa Fe Sport was a sight to behold.  It really looks contemporary, sleek, sexy and altogether competitive with other designers.  Inside, we found the front seats to be a bit uncomfortable and needing some more support, and we thought that the materials, especially the awful wood trim around the air conditioning vents, to be a bit of a letdown. The Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers a five year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty; 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, five year/limited roadside assistance program. We really loved and appreciated the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate, and suggest to you that you don't want to miss this one when you head out to shop for a new CUV. .

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