A few years back Hyundai, the South-Korean automaker, made quite an unusual move: they “cut” their solid Santa Fe – a crossover SUV – into 2 separate models. And so now the standard Santa Fe is the best friend for large families, as it offers three rows of seating and a mighty V6. The smaller half of it, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2016 is rivaling in a different market – that of the small crossover SUVs – with no 3rd row but a more nimble and fun attitude on the road. The Sport edition is about 4 inches shorter in the wheelbase than the regular Santa, and that puts it right there between small and big, making it the perfect pick for the customers who want to be able to carry 4 to 5 people and tons of luggage and still enjoy those tight parking lot spots and the enjoyable ride quality, not to mention the packaging and the overall cool vibe you get when driving this thing. That’s not something you get every day from an SUV.
Small? No. Big? No. Right In The Middle
And while in the entry-level trims the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2016 is not priced any lower than the competition on the market, like the RAV4 from Toyota or the CR-V from Honda, it is still bigger than those two, and the interior is quite spacious and comfortable for adults to feel good in; you can even fit a third grown-up back there, which, again, is not really possible with any small crossover SUV out there. The Santa Fe Sport is available with a choice between two engines: the entry-level trim comes with a 2.4-lit 4-cyl unit that’s good for 190HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. FWD (front-wheel drive) is standard, while AWD (all-wheel drive) is also available. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only option you’ve got. This powertrain returns 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 20MPG in the city (23MPG combined), which is a below-average result for a car in this class.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2016 – Fuel-Efficiency, Acceleration And Ride Quality
The second engine is a stronger, turbocharged 2.0-lit 4-cylinder that puts out 265 Horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is decent – 27MPG hwy/20MPG city (22MPG combined). The AWD-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2016 with the 2.0-lit turbo engine goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds, which is a bit slower than your regular small crossover SUV. FWD-equipped it jumps the same distance in 7.5 seconds, though. If you’re a “fan” of running routine daily errands, like rushing to the mall and back, to the school with your kids and back, that kind of thing, then you’ll appreciate the Hyundai’s high standards of noise reduction. I mean, the Santa Fe Sport is as quiet as they come, and that’s a +. The -, however, is there as well: when it comes to ride quality, big bumps can cause you and your passengers to jump up a bit, which, unless you’re a 4-year old kid who loves to bounce, is not really a good thing. On the other hand, on smooth roads the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2016 feel pretty controlled, and it’s good in those turns as well.
Trim Levels And The Equipment
Alright, so, you’ve got a choice between 2 trims – standard and 2.0T. The entry-level Santa Fe Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, folding back seats, USB/Bluetooth connections, a 6-speaker sound-system, and more. Plus, you can go for the Popular Equipment package that includes a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights, foglights, heated front seats, and a bunch of other useful stuff. Next, you’ve got the Premium and the Technology packages: the first one adds keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, dual-zone (automatic) climate control, blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, while the second one is all about that fancy tech, including rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen and a 10-speaker sound-system. The 2.0T trim comes with pretty much everything from the basic trim and the Popular/Premium packages and some of its own unique features.
This model will definately hit the market. Disagree? Speak in the comments!
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