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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe pricing and features

By Nathan Ponchard, 06 Jul 2018 Car News

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe pricing and features

Only the nameplate and drivetrains carry over into Hyundai’s all-new, vastly improved fourth-generation Santa Fe seven-seat SUV

With Santa Fe sales falling at exactly the same rate as Toyota’s Kluger sales are on the rise this year, the arrival of Hyundai’s new-generation Santa Fe couldn’t be better timed. Longer and slightly wider than before, with a 15-percent stronger body and hugely improved interior comfort and quality, the handsome new Santa Fe maintains a relatively familiar model line-up.

For now, all fourth-gen Santa Fe models are all-wheel drive, though only the entry-level Active will be available with a petrol engine. It’s the 138kW/241Nm 2.4-litre direct-injection four-cylinder matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, as per the base Hyundai Sonata.

Read next: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review

A 147kW/440Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine is optional on the Active (for $3000 more), bringing with it an excellent new eight-speed automatic transmission. Both the mid-spec Santa Fe Elite and top-spec Santa Fe Highlander feature the diesel engine exclusively.

Every 2018 Santa Fe offers these ‘SmartSense’ safety features as standard:

  • Forward collision-avoidance assist
  • Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist
  • Rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Automatic high-beam assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with ‘stop and go’ feature

Read next: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe takes a revolutionary design leap

The Santa Fe Active kicks off the range ($43,000 recommended retail price, not including on-road costs, or $46,000 as a diesel), just over a grand dearer than the outgoing model. But it brings a wealth of standard equipment:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65 Hankook Ventus Prime tyres
  • Adjustable ‘Drive Mode’ with four settings
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Hill-start assist
  • Auto-on headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring system
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Bluetooth phone/audio streaming, voice recognition and 6 speakers

  • Air conditioning with rear temperature controls
  • ‘Walk-in’ electric switch on 2nd-row backrests for one-touch flip-and-slide access to the 3rd row
  • ISOFIX outboard seats in 2nd row
  • Hyundai Auto Link (a mobile app that enables data access to vehicle functions and condition)
  • Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjust
  • Rear-seat centre armrests
  • Cargo compartment floor mat
  • Rear luggage net

The Santa Fe Elite ($54,000 RRP) builds on the above features by adding:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with Kumho Crugen 235/60 tyres
  • Carbon-effect front grille
  • Satin-chrome bumper and exterior door finishers (dark chrome on black exterior)
  • Front parking sensors
  • Rear occupant alert (let’s driver know if there are still passengers in the rear seats when leaving the car)
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia with satellite navigation, live traffic and lifetime map-care plan, DAB+ digital radio and Infinity premium sound with 10 speakers and external amplifier
  • Leather upholstery
  • Deluxe-cloth pillars, sunvisors and headlining trim
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • 10-way electric driver’s seat and 8-way electric front passenger’s seat
  • Dual-zone digital climate control with auto defog function
  • Glovebox compartment cooling
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Solar glass with rear privacy tinting
  • Rear door-window sunshades
  • Electro-chromatic interior rear view mirror
  • Electric tailgate
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors with integrated puddle lamps

Jump to the ($60,500 RRP) Santa Fe Highlander and you gain these upgraded features:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Continental 235/55 tyres
  • Bi-function LED headlights with dynamic bending
  • LED tail-lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Surround-view parking monitor
  • Park Assist – parallel, perpendicular and reverse
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Integrated memory system for driver’s seat, mirror and head-up-display settings
  • 14-way electric driver’s seat with cushion extension

  • 7.0-inch TFT ‘supervision’ instrument cluster
  • Head-up display
  • LED interior lighting
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Wireless Qi-standard smartphone charging
  • Hyundai Auto Link Premium (adding engine start/stop, door lock/unlock, hazard, hazard and horn, auto temperature and on/off defroster settings)

Previous generation: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The sole options are a choice of colour for the leather trim in Elite and Highlander (instead of the standard black interior with carbonfibre-look door and dashboard inserts) and metallic/mica paint ($695).

For $295, the Dark Beige interior option adds stone-effect dashboard and door inserts, while the Burgundy option gets wood-effect inserts, plus suede pillars, sunvisors and headlining trim.

Every Santa Fe comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and 12 months roadside assistance. If dealer-serviced by Hyundai, this roadside support plan can extend for up to 10 years or more.

Service intervals are 12 months or 15,000km (whichever comes first). Across 75,000km and five years, the servicing cost of a Santa Fe Active GDi petrol is $1680. The CRDi diesel in Active, Elite and Highlander grades will cost $2095.