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Road Testing the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe: Combining Design and Utility

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone a radical transformation, presenting a fresh design that promises to blend form and function in a way that’s certain to attract attention.

This review, brought to you by the team at Neftin Westlake Mazda, dives into the specifics of this three-row SUV, highlighting its features, performance, and overall value.

Design and Aesthetics

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Design & Exterior
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Design & Exterior

The latest Santa Fe model showcases a distinctive, boxy design that pays homage to the traditional two-box SUV profile, which remains popular.

The design starts from the rear, focusing on a practical yet visually appealing tailgate and cargo area. The result is a vehicle that combines a rugged and outdoorsy look with a modern, upscale vibe, especially evident in the Earthy Brass matte finish of our test model.

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However, the low-mounted taillights, a design choice dictated by functionality, may divide opinions.

AspectDetail
Exterior DesignBoxy, rugged appearance with modern, upscale touches
Interior DesignLuxurious with high-quality materials, akin to premium brands
Unique FeaturesEarthy Brass matte paint, detailed wheel arches, interesting lighting
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Design & Exterior

Interior Comfort and Space

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe - Interior Comfort and Space
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – Interior Comfort and Space

Hyundai doesn’t just impress with the exterior; the interior of the Santa Fe is more spacious and fitted with higher-quality materials than its predecessors.

The layout includes a standard third row, which significantly enhances its utility, though it is more suitable for children.

The inclusion of nappa leather seats and dual wireless phone chargers in the Calligraphy trim adds a touch of luxury unexpected at this price point.

Interior SpecsDescription
Seat ConfigurationThree rows with power-operated second-row captain’s chairs
Material QualityHigh-end (nappa leather, grained wood trim)
Special FeaturesUVC sanitization compartment, extendable driver footrest, crisp displays
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – Interior Comfort and Space

Performance and Handling

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe - Performance and Handling
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – Performance and Handling

The new Santa Fe is equipped with a standard turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 277 horsepower.

Despite a significant weight increase, the vehicle manages to deliver a respectable acceleration, clocking 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

The major caveat is the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which may exhibit laggy behavior at low speeds, potentially undermining the driving experience, particularly in stop-and-go traffic.

Performance MetricsResult
0-60 mph6.3 seconds
Quarter Mile14.8 sec @ 96 mph
Top Speed135 mph (est)
Fuel Economy23 mpg combined
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – Performance and Handling

Pricing and Value

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe - Pricing and Value
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – Pricing and Value

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD is priced at just over $50,000, positioning it competitively within the three-row SUV market.

The vehicle offers premium features and a luxurious interior that rivals more expensive models, making it a compelling value proposition.

Price DetailsAmount
Base Price$49,695
Price as Tested$50,905
Additional Options$1,210
Pricing and Value

Verdict

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe impresses with its bold new design and array of features that significantly enhance its appeal as a family SUV.

While the dual-clutch transmission may pose some concerns, the overall package offers exceptional value, marrying luxury with practicality in a segment that is fiercely competitive.

Hyundai’s commitment to innovation and quality shines through, making the new Santa Fe a standout option for those seeking a three-row SUV that doesn’t compromise on style or substance.

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