The least costly Santa Fe is the Active X, which comes with the powerful V6 petrol engine, 19-inch wheels, and drives only the front wheels. It also has part-leather seat trim, heating for the front seats, and dual-zone climate control (which lets the driver and front passenger set their own ventilation temperatures). There is a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and the features that come with all Santa Fes.
For not much more than you would pay for an Active X, you could have a Santa Fe Active. This would bring you all-wheel drive, but you would have to make do with the less powerful, four-cylinder, petrol engine – or pay about $3000 more again for the diesel. And you lose some of the luxury: seats are trimmed in cloth, and air-con is single-zone with manual control. An Active has 17-inch wheels, and the other equipment in all Santa Fes.
To restore Active X comfort (and more) in an all-wheel drive Santa Fe, you need to shell out for a Santa Fe Elite. That gets you the diesel engine as standard, and 18-inch wheels (with a tyre profile slightly lower than on the Active, for marginally sharper steering and a more sporty look).
The Elite restores dual-zone air-con and leather seats, and adds power adjustment for the heated front seats. The touchscreen is bigger at 8.0 inches, and it supplies satellite navigation that does not depend on your phone. Smart key entry allows you to unlock the front doors, and start the engine, while the key remains safe in your pocket or bag. The tailgate unlocks and rises automatically if the key is nearby for three seconds. The sound system in an Elite has 10 speakers, an external amplifier and a bass-boosting sub-woofer. And there are blinds for those in the middle row seats.
The most luxurious Santa Fe is the Highlander, which has the diesel engine, AWD, 19-inch wheels, and tyres with a still lower profile (matching those on the Active X). The Highlander has a sunroof that covers the front and rear seats. Front and middle-row seats can be heated, and the front seats also have perforations and a fan, for ventilation. Headlamps are extremely bright HID units. And a self-parking system can automatically steer the car into or out of a space while the driver controls the throttle and brake.