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Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?

Hyundai’s Santa Fe range has a price list that starts from $40,990 plus on-road costs for the 3.3-litre Active X front wheel drive petrol powered model, with the $41,850 all wheel drive 2.4-litre Active next in line.

In case you’re wondering where the Hyundai Santa Fe is built, it’s sourced from the company’s main plant in Ulsan, South Korea.

The other three Santa Fes are all diesel powered, with the RRP of the Active $44,850, and the Elite model $51,990. How much is a Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander, you ask? It starts at $57,060, and drive away pricing is offered on the Santa Fe from time to time, as well.

When you look at a model comparison, the Santa Fe’s standard features across the range include traditional hydraulic power steering, SmartSense safety with AEB, electronic stability control, hill descent control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, traction control system, a multimedia system with iPhone compatible Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (but no CD player or DAB radio).

The multimedia system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander model shown) The multimedia system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander model shown)

A trip computer, climate control air conditioner, reverse camera and LED daytime running lights are also standard. Media can be added via USB and line-in ports, and for convenience there are four 12-volt (12V) sockets throughout the car. 

The Active X is the cheapest but most powerful Santa Fe, with a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine under the bonnet. It gets part-leather trim, 19-inch rims and heated front seats. It’s almost the default sport model in the line up.

The slightly dearer petrol-powered Active gets all-wheel-drive with 17-inch rims, as well as a smaller capacity 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. Seats are cloth only, and the dual-zone air con disappears.

The Santa Fe Elite offers a more luxury pack feel, with a 2.2-litre diesel-powered engine and all-wheel-drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, powered leather front seats, a larger infotainment touch screen system with sat nav, smart key with pushbutton start, auto tailgate, window blinds for the rear seats and a 10-speaker stereo with amp and subwoofer.

The Santa Fe Highlander, meanwhile, offers a more premium package with 19-inch rims, keyless entry, self-parking (or park assist), sensors, a full leather interior with heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats, GPS navigation system, HID headlights (as opposed to LED headlights, and all other grades use xenon lamps) radar cruise control and a panoramic sunroof. No heated steering wheel, sorry.

The Santa Fe Highlander, offers 19-inch rims. (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander model shown) The Santa Fe Highlander, offers 19-inch rims. (2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander model shown)

While Hyundai uses Homelink in overseas markets – which allows the car to talk to devices like garage doors, for example – the technology is not yet available locally.

Accessories like floor mats, nudge bars and cargo barriers are available through dealerships. Bull bars and snorkels aren’t sold through Hyundai, but can be fitted aftermarket.

The Santa Fe competes in a space where cars of various sizes co-mingle in the large SUV segment, including Mazda CX-9, the Toyota Kluger and Nissan’s Pathfinder, with other products from Ford and Holden set to join the fray in 2018.

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