The new Santa Fe variant is positioned above the pair of Active range-entry options and beneath the more premium Elite brace, offering something a little more generously equipped but with a smaller step up in the budget.
Like all Santa Fe variants, the Active X is available with a choice of two engine and transmission options. The most affordable version is fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine coupled to front-wheel drive, while a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel gets all-wheel drive from $50,050.
Both variants share the same eight-speed automatic transmission and identical levels of specification. Speaking of which, while the new Active X may only sit one rung up from the Santa Fe entry point, but it can brag a respectable standard equipment list.
Highlights from the Active X kit list include leather-appointed upholstery, bigger 18-inch wheels, and a dusting of extra convenience/safety features.
Invest the extra $3000 over the base Active, and owners of the newest Santa Fe will get front parking sensors added to the rears, rain-sensing wipers, and keyless entry and engine start.
There’s also dual-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox and rear privacy glass for boosted cabin comfort, while courtesy lights incorporated into the satin chrome-look door handles, and puddle lights a part of new folding door mirrors are the deal sweetener.
That said, the standard equipment offered on even the entry-level Active is commendably comprehensive - all of which carries over to the new Active X.
Shared across the pair are the company’s proprietary SmartSense driver assistance and safety systems, a 7.0-inch information and entertainment screen complemented by a 3.5-inch driver display, seven decently sized seats, six airbags and tyre pressure monitoring to name a few.
With a new offering in its ranks, Hyundai’s Santa Fe range has another weapon in the large SUV battle against other strong contenders including the Mazda CX-9, Kia’s Sorento and the Skoda Kodiaq.
If you’re desperate to get into a Santa Fe this year, the new mid-range Active X might be the perfect option, but it may also be worth waiting a few months for the significantly updated (we would describe it as largely new) model that will touch down in 2021.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe range:
Active 3.5 MPi V6 FWD - $43,990
Active 2.2 CRDi AWD - $47,020
Active X 3.5 MPi V6 FWD - $47,020
Active X 2.2 CRDi AWD - $50,050
Elite 3.5 MPi V6 FWD - $52,070
Elite 2.2 CRDi AWD - $55,100
Highlander 3.5 MPi V6 FWD - $58,630
Highlander 2.2 CRDi AWD - $61,660