Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 1

The facelifted Mazda 6 wasn’t the only car that was quietly introduced today – another model that has made its way into showrooms in a hush-hush manner is the Hyundai Santa Fe Premium, a new range-topping variant that replaces the previous Executive Plus.

Available in both 176 hp/226 Nm 2.4 litre petrol and 197 hp/436 Nm 2.2 litre diesel guise, the Premium gets almost exactly the same kit as before – automatic xenon headlights with LED positioning lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, auto wipers, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone auto climate control, Supervision cluster, 12-way power-adjustable seats in brown Nappa leather and a reverse camera.

The big news, however, concerns the safety kit – the new model finally receives side and curtain airbags to join the dual front airbags on the outgoing variant, bumping the count up to six airbags. As before, ABS with EBD and brake assist, ESP with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Start Assist and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) are fitted as standard.

Other added kit include a power-operated tailgate (as seen on the updated 2015 US-market Santa Fe), as well as a new Android-based navigation system. The latter is a locally-sourced unit and looks to be slightly different from the one in the Sonata – the user interface differs slightly, and the “Navi” hard key opens Waze instead of the Sonata’s Papago navigation app.

Pricing for the Hyundai Santa Fe Premium starts at RM178,821 (RM6,672 more expensive than the Executive Plus) for the 2.4 petrol model, rising up to RM190,545 (RM5,734 higher) for the 2.2 CRDi diesel. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of 6% GST.