2007 Hyundai Santa Fe | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe | new car review, prices & specs

Larger, more elegant and more refined than its predecessor, the 2007 Santa Fe sharpens ’s competitiveness in the hotly-contested mid size SUV segment.

Developed at cost of US$155 million over a period of 26 months under the CM project code-name, the 2007 rides on a 2.7m-long wheelbase, 8cm longer than its predecessor. This enabled an increase of 15cm, 5.5cm and 5cm in the overall length, width and height, respectively. As a result, the cabin offers more front and rear legroom and headroom than the outgoing model. The new generation sheds the old style’s quirky design in favor of a more contemporary look, bearing resemblence to the current Toyota RAV4 (the Tucson looks similar to the previous RAV4).

Inside, supervision-illuminated gauge panel and dual zone climate controls for driver and front seat passenger bring a touch of luxury to the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. Second- and third-row passengers enjoy a new level of comfort thanks to a rear fan switch, B-pillar mounted adjustable vents and dual heating ducts which extend to the rear. In a novel touch, third-row seats can be easily stowed away and fold flat into the floor. Other thoughtful design touches include power adjustable pedals, rain-sensing automatic wipers, trip computer, heated side mirrors plus a front windscreen de-icing system.

Though Hyundai has several diesel powerplants in its engine line-ups for the 2007 Sante Fe elsewhere, the Middle East is bestowed with only the 2.7-litre V6 that also powers the Tuscon V6 model. Power is up to 180bhp and 248 Nm of torque in the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe making is more useful for towing purposes. The engine comes standard with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Santa Fe’s new electronically-controlled 4-wheel drive system automatically routes power to the wheels that have the best traction. And the driver-selectable 4WD lock provides a continuous 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels during off-road situations. Santa Fe’s chassis was extensively revised to attain a more refined sedan-like ride, most immediately noticeable by rear seat passengers. The predecessor’s double wishbone rear suspension was dropped in favour of a multi-link setup resulting in reduced noise and vibration.

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe | prices & specs

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)80,000-95,000
Engine Size (litre)2.7
Power (bhp)180
Torque (Nm)248
Transmission4A

Also look at: Ford Edge, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4

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