Hyundai Santa Fe Review: 2010-2016 Model Improvements & Changes

Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a premium all-rounded SUV that incorporates all the pros of the sedan and the minivan in one compact package to suit any and every lifestyle.

Find out which model years really take the cake as BE FORWARD dives into key years 2010-2016 in this detailed review!

 

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s second (CM, 2006–2012) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.9 – 11.9 km/l.

Affordably priced and offering excellent utility, the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe midsize SUV has been the choice of many families looking for the perfect vehicle. The 2010 Santa Fe features great build quality and outstanding room space capable of seating five adults, with a flowingly styled interior and instrument panel that adds softness and sophistication. Its rear row of seats can be folded down to make a flat floor providing even greater cargo space.

2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

The Santa Fe is powered by either a Theta II 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine capable of 175 hp, or 3.5L Lambda V6 engine with output of 276 hp. Both engines are mated as standard to a 6AT with FWD, while AWD is available as an option.

Standard features for the 2010 Santa Fe include 17-inch alloy wheels, a 120-watt sound system with six speakers and an iPod/USB interface, and keyless entry system. It is also installed with safety features like electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, side and side-curtain airbags, rollover sensors for the side-curtain airbags, and auto-fold backseat head restraints for the outboard positions.


 

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s second (CM, 2006–2012) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 11.9 km/l.

The perfect car for the small family. The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is an affordable four-door SUV that delivers way beyond its price point with a luxurious interior and mainstream good looks. It features flowing curves across all its surfaces inside and out that give it a contemporary feel.

2011 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

Onboard the 2011 Santa Fe is either a 2.4L Theta II inline four-cylinder 175 hp 169 lb-ft of torque engine, or a 3.5L Lambda V6 six-cylinder 276 hp 248 lb-ft of torque unit, both of which come with a six-speed automatic transmission and FWD as standard, with AWD available as an option.

The 2011 Santa Fe comes with an impressive set of standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, trip computer, and USB and iPod inputs. SE models receive upgrades such as 18-inch alloys, roof-rack rails, fog lamps, window de-icers, body color molding, an LED stop lamp, and heated mirror. Safety features on the 2011 Santa Fe include electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors, as well as active head restraints.


 

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe

2012 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s second (CM, 2006–2012) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 11.9 km/l.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has offered luxury with outstanding value since its first release, and that hasn’t changed in its 2012 iteration. Appearances can be deceiving – on the outside, the 2012 Santa Fe is not overly flashy, but it nevertheless sparks people’s interests with its class topping interior space as well as a large list of safety features.

2012 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

The Santa Fe comes with one of two engines – a 2.4L 175 hp inline four-cylinder unit, or a 3.5L 276 hp V6 six cylinder, both of which are mated to a six speed automatic transmission and use FWD with AWD available as an option.

The 2012 Santa Fe comes fitted as standard with such equipment like roof rails, cruise control, full power accessories, a trip computer, a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, and auxiliary audio jack, and iPod/USB audio interface. Safety features on the Santa Fe include side-impact airbags for front seats, front-side and side curtain airbags, hill-descent brake control, anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control.


 

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s third (DM, NC, 2012–2017) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.4 – 10.6 km/l.

Hyundai’s 2013 Santa Fe offers two models under the same brand plate of excellence — the compact 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport, and the three-row, 7-seater family wagon. Versatility is the name of the game with crossover SUVs, and the Santa Fe proves outstanding in that aspect. Its interior is highly adjustable, with second row seats that fold and recline on a 40/20/40 split to make room for cargo while preserving seating for passengers. For three-row Santa Fes, you can choose between a 40/20/40 layout or a 6 passenger layout with captain’s chairs.

2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

The Santa Fe Sport is powered by a 190 hp 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine or a 264 hp 2.0L turbo inline four-cylinder while the 7 seater relies on a 290 hp 3.3L V6 unit, with all variants coming with 6 speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available in all models.

Standard features on the Santa Fe include remote keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and an auxiliary jack. The Santa Fe also comes with safety features like front, side and curtain airbags, and a driver knee airbag, hill-start and downhill assist, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and stability and traction control. A rearview camera is also available on leather seat variants of the Santa Fe.


 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

2014 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s third (DM, NC, 2012–2017) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 11.5 km/l.

The winning formula of an upscale interior, excellent performance, and stylish good looks have continued on in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Offered as the Santa Fe Sport compact five-seater and as the full-sized Santa Fe seven-seater, there’s a Santa Fe for families of any size. On the exterior, the 2014 has curves in all the right places to give it a coherent look.

2014 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

The Sport comes with a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine that outputs 190 hp, or a 2.0L turbo inline four-cylinder engine that produces 264 hp, while the full-sized seven-seater is powered by a 3.3L V6 six-cylinder 290 hp unit. All three engines come standard with a six speed automatic transmission, and have the option of either FWD or AWD.

Standard features in the 2014 Santa Fe include power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering, six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth and audio streaming. The Santa Fe comes with safety features like front, side, curtain, and driver knee airbags, hill-start and downhill assist, antilock brakes, and stability and traction control.


 

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s third (DM, NC, 2012–2017) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 11.5 km/l. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is a badge that belongs to 2 vehicles – the 7 seater Santa Fe, and the shorter wheelbase 5 seater Santa Fe Sport. The handsome exteriors of the 2015 Santa Fe and Sport are the products of Hyundai’s increasing emphasis on looks. Sharp corners are scrapped for softer edges that frame the streamlined body of the Santa Fe, while a two-tone grille aptly adds to a sportier feel for the Sport.

2015 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

The 2 row 5 seater Sport is powered by either a naturally aspirated 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine that produces 190 hp, or a 2.0L turbo inline four-cylinder engine that produces 264 hp. The 3 row 7 seater Santa Fe on the other hand is powered by a 3.3L V6 290 hp engine. All engines are mated with a 6 speed automatic transmission in FF or AWD configuration.

Both the Santa Fe and Sport come standard with stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows, as well as driver knee airbag. Optional features include blind-spot monitors and parking sensors. The pair also come with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which provides functions such as remote access, emergency assistance, and theft recovery.


 

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 HYUNDAI SANTA FE exterior

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The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is a member of the model’s third (DM, NC, 2012–2017) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 11.5 km/l.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is the brand’s swift and easy to drive crossover SUV that offers the perfect combination of power, comfort and style. The 2016 Santa Fe demands attention from the outset, with its sleek yet powerful appearance that lend the vehicle a more modern and upmarket feel. In its interior, the Santa Fe is cleanly and attractively designed with luxurious materials and simple and practical controls.

2016 HYUNDAI SANTA FE engine

As standard, the Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3L V6 engine (six-cylinder) that produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Santa Fe is available in Standard SE and Limited trims, both of which are offered either in AWD or front wheel drive. Fuel efficiency comes in at 8.9 km/l for front wheel drive and 8.5 km/l for AWD.

The Santa Fe is abundantly equipped with safety features like anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and front seat active head restraints as standard. Also coming as standard is Hyundai’s emergency telematics system, which provides functions such as remote access, emergency assistance, and theft recovery.


 

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