2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Malaysia Archive

  • DRIVEN: Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi tested in Morocco

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    It’s not easy to pigeonhole the new Hyundai Santa Fe. A rival to the popular Honda CR-V and increasingly popular Mazda CX-5? Could be, but isn’t that a job for younger sibling Hyundai Tucson?

    Under the RM200k mark, we have the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner, which also have three rows of seats, but those SUVs are essentially canopied pick-up trucks, whereas the monocoque Santa Fe is a much more sophisticated machine. Then there’s newly updated sister SUV Kia Sorento, which unfortunately doesn’t come with a diesel engine in Malaysia, seriously limiting its punch next to the Hyundai.

    So it’s no cliche when we say that the Santa Fe is in a class of its own, but our preview drive of the third-generation DM in Morocco also revealed that it’s a great family SUV, one that has progressed on several fronts compared to its predecessor, which we know quite well as our faithful company workhorse.

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  • Hyundai Santa Fe launched in Malaysia – 2.4 petrol and 2.2 diesel, seven-seat SUV from RM163,888

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    After all the spyshots and ads, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) officially launched the Hyundai Santa Fe this afternoon in KL. The third-generation DM is locally assembled in Kulim, Kedah, and wears exterior Inokom badges as a result. Since every other badge is a stylised H, badge swapping will be a simple two-piece affair.

    Like before, the Santa Fe is offered here with two engine choices, a 2.2 ‘R’ CRDi e-VGT diesel version (197 hp and 436 Nm from 1,800 to 2,500 rpm) and the Theta II 2.4 MPI petrol version with 176 hp and 227 Nm. Both are paired to an in-house developed six-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual override. An “Active Eco” button retards everything to maximise fuel economy.

    The 4WD system is of the active on-demand variety, but there’s a 4WD Lock button that spreads drive 50:50 between the front and rear wheels below 40 km/h. Above that speed, the system reverts back to automatic.

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    The Motor Driven Power Steering, Hyundai’s name for EPS, gets a Flex Steer system that gives the drive three steering weights to choose from – Comfort, Normal and Sport.

    By the way, our Santa Fe is the standard wheelbase version with a seven-seat option, and not the long-wheelbase SUV you might have read about here. Like the outgoing car, the foldable third-row of seats is there to make a 2-3-2 formation.

    Boot volume with the third-row folded is 585 litres (including under floor space), which is enough for four golf bags and four Boston bags, according to HSDM. The second-row can slide for and aft, recline and split fold, the latter with a remote folding feature from the boot.

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    The “Storm Edge” design Santa Fe’s footprint hasn’t changed by much, and the 2,700 mm wheelbase is retained, although you might notice that it’s less upright than before. Your eyes are right, the new car sits 45 mm lower than before. A rising belt line and a shallow glass area also contributes to the “smaller than before” and more dynamic impression.

    Two specs are available for each engine – Elegance and Executive Plus. Standard across the board features include ABS, EBD, BA, ESP, Downhill Brake Control, Hillstart Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Management, dual airbags, rear parking assist, electric parking brake, Smart Key with push start button, 12-way powered driver’s seat, auto headlamps, third-row AC vents, steering wheel controls and cruise control.

    Also included are locally fitted “Nappa” black leather seats and 18-inch alloys with 235/60 tyres. There’s also an aftermarket “safe drive recorder” that records video clips of the view ahead.

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    The Executive Plus spec adds on niceties like dual-zone auto air con, navigation, HID xenon headlamps, cornering lamps, LED rear lamps, reverse camera (optional on Elegance), rain sensor, full length panoramic sunroof, brown nappa leather seats (pictured here) and 19-inch alloys with 235/55 rubber.

    Prices start from RM163,888 for the 2.4 petrol Elegance, rising to RM177,888 for the petrol Executive Plus. If you want diesel power, the entry point is RM176,888. The range topping 2.2 CRDi Executive Plus with all the bells and whistles retails for RM189,888 OTR with insurance. Like other Hyundais, the Santa Fe comes with a five-year or 300,000 km warranty.

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    HSDM also announced something new at the launch, a “Leader Card” for Santa Fe owners. The privilege card comes with a concierge service that can arrange everything from a game of golf to medical assistance.

    Members are given access to the airport Plaza Premium Lounge (first time complimentary, special rate thereafter), special rates for limo services to and from the airport (first time free on a Hyundai Sonata, or top up for a real limo), special offers for hotels and dining, plus priority service at Hyundai 3S centres. Leader Card holders also get a special price for basic health screenings, consultation, room and board at Sime Darby Medical Centre Ara Damansara.

    UPDATE: Read our full review of the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi here.

  • Hyundai Santa Fe now open for booking in Malaysia


    You’ve heard about it and seen the spyshots and ads on oto.my, now Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially announced that order books for the new Hyundai Santa Fe are open. The third-gen SUV will be launched by the end of this month.

    UPDATE: The new Hyundai Santa Fe is now launched in Malaysia. Click here for our launch report and pics.

    The new Santa Fe will come in two trim levels (Elegance and Executive) for both the 2.2 E-VGT ‘R’ diesel version (197 hp and 436 Nm) and the Theta II 2.4 MPI petrol version. Highlighted equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps, safe drive recorder (aftermarket add on, as per latest Sonata), rain sensor, Flex Steer steering (changes assistance level) and electric parking brake.


    Safety wise, expect Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Traction Control and Brake Assist in this seven-seat SUV. Note that we will be getting the standard wheelbase Santa Fe, which has a third row of seats, and not the long wheelbase version.

    The selling price will start from approximately RM159k (excluding road tax and insurance) with the company’s usual five-year or 300,000 km warranty. For a closer look, the SUV will be at Hyundai roadshows in Gurney Plaza, Penang (June 13-16), 1 Utama (June 19-23) and KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru (June 21-23).

    Click here for more pics of the new Santa Fe in local Malaysian spec, plus a view of the SUV’s cabin.

  • Hyundai Santa Fe listed on oto.my – end-June debut


    Another ad has popped up on oto.my for the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe, and it looks like the stock is already here, judging by the photos accompanying the listing for the SUV.

    UPDATE: The new Hyundai Santa Fe is now launched in Malaysia. Click here for our launch report and pics.

    The Santa Fe was spied last month, and an earlier ad had initially teased the impending arrival of the vehicle. The latest ad mentions a launch date for the five-seater DM, and it’s supposedly the end of June.

    We won’t be getting the long-wheelbase Santa Fe with three rows of seats, though the standard version – with a 2,700 mm wheelbase, same as the current second-gen Santa Fe – can also be specified with a third row of two seats.

    The Santa Fe will be powered by a 2.2 litre R-series diesel engine – the VGT-equipped mill offers 197 hp and 436 Nm in the way of output numbers, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The earlier ad lists items such as HID headlamps with cornering lights, LED rear lamps and a reverse camera for the SUV, but it won’t be long now before we know what the complete kit list is.

  • SPYSHOT: Hyundai Santa Fe – third-gen DM in Msia

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    Here’s a spyshot of a car we know is coming soon, thanks to reader Edward Yap, who was alert to spot the SUV with taped-up badges. No, it’s not an Audi but the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe, which has already starred in ads on our sister classifieds site oto.my.

    UPDATE: The new Hyundai Santa Fe is now launched in Malaysia. Click here for our launch report and pics.

    You might have read about a long-wheelbase Santa Fe with three rows of seats, but this is not it. Malaysia will get the standard (2,700 mm wheelbase, same as the current car) DM, although this variant can also be specified with a third row of two seats.

    The car we see here is likely to be a high-spec unit with the bells, whistles and sizable wheels. Hyundai-Sime Darby will be bringing in the 2.2 litre R-series diesel engine, which has proved to be popular with second-gen Santa Fe buyers. The VGT-equipped oil burner boasts 197 hp and 436 Nm of torque, and will be paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’s likely that HSDM will specify the on-demand 4WD system.

    According to the oto.my ad, the kit list could include HID headlamps with cornering lights, LED rear lamps, reverse camera, electronic parking brake, ESC and Hill Start Assist. All yet to be confirmed, of course.


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Last Updated 29 Jul 2021