2015 Hyundai Santa Fe | new car review

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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
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AEDAED 83,900 - AED 129,900
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  • Interior
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
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  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

It was introduced for the 2001 model year as 's first SUV. Based on the Sonata platform, it takes its name after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, an arid area that is ideal for a capable off-roader.


*Interior design
*Panoramic roof adds a nice touch of elegance to the cabin.


* It may look like it can tackle some dirt, but you're safer sticking to the tarmac.


The Santa Fe has recently grown out of puberty and blossomed into a much more alluring vehicle. The dull circular shaped grille, headlamps and overall body have been sharpened for a more linear approach. Up front, the SUV stands taller with a wider and longer grille. Strong character lines swoop across the car’s profile and meet the back’s dagger like tail lamps that slice their way through the boot. It’s slightly overgrown sibling, the Santa Fe Grand on the other hand, welcomes a 100mm longer wheelbase and a much sleeker rear end.

2015 Hyundai Grand Santa-Fe front


The interior is very contemporary. The cabin is home to arrow shaped AC vents and a funky two tone dashboard and door panels. Subtle wood trims on the dash add a touch of elegance to the car and multi-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar support ensures passenger comfort. Depending on the variant opted for, the Santa Fe is either available as a five seater, or a seven-seater.

2015 Hyundai Santa-Fe interior


The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with adjustable steering modes. This system allows drivers to select between Comfort, Normal and Sport and accordingly adapts the Santa Fe’s steering characteristics to match driving preferences and road conditions. Additionally, all Santa Fe variants come with a FWD or AWD option, standard Bluetooth, USB & AUX, and Cruise Control.

2015 Hyundai Grand Santa-Fe rear

On offer

The Santa Fe is offered with a 3.3L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with “SHIFTRONIC” for manual like shifting. The Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology allows the car to deliver 266 horsepower and 318 Nm of torque giving it a towing capability of 2.2 tons. But for those who remain uninterested in hauling large loads and are more concerned about fuel economy, there is a smaller engine that can be had in the Santa Fe – a 2.4 litre 4-cylinder unit which churns out 174 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 227 Nm of torque at 3,750 RPM.

2015 Hyundai Santa-Fe rear


The starting price for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is AED 83,900 for the 2.4 litre 4 cylinder varaint. Once the 19” rims and a V6 come into the picture, the price spikes to AED 102,000. However, if you want the fully loaded variant with all the bells and whistles, it will set you back AED 129,900. The big question is whether the Santa Fe lives up to the name as a genuine off-roader or is just a sheep in wolf’s skin? Overall, there are hints that it can handle a little off-roading on the beach with bumper guards and AWD, but it will most likely be used solely as a family car.

2015 Hyundai Santa-Fe front


Specifications2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4L2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3L
Engine/ Cylinders2.4 litre / 4 cyl3.3 litre / V6
Max Power
174 hp @ 6,000 RPM266 hp @ 6,400 RPM
Max Torque
227 Nm @ 3,750 RPM318 Nm @ 5,300 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveTwo Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h11.6 secs8.8 secs
Top speed190 km/h207 km/h
PriceAED 83,900AED 129,900

8 Responses to 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe | new car review

  1. Faisal Reply

    May 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm


    Buy Santa Fe or X-Trial?

    Please suggest

    Thank you

  2. Arash Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    hi there,
    let us know if you have installment payment as well
    if so give us your condition for installment payment

  3. Saeid Mohammadian Reply

    February 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    please let me know about buying sonta fe 2015 or 2014.
    thank you

  4. Saeid Mohammadian Reply

    February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hi sirs,
    I would like to buy the snta fe 2015 or 2014.please let me know.
    thank you

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      February 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Hi Saeid,

      Unfortunately we do not sell any vehicles, we just review them.

      You will need to visit the showroom or get hold of a second hand model if you wish to purchase the car.



  5. Faycel Daly Reply

    January 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    are there Tuscan santa fe diesel?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Faycel Daly,

      Unfortunately we don’t get too many diesels in our parts.

      Hyundai doesn’t import diesels out here unless it’s their commercial vehicles.



  6. Faycel Daly Reply

    January 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Tuscan diesel

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