The all-new fourth-generation Hyundai SanteFe has an new look and a much bigger room inside. The disposition of German cars are no longer unique, which the Korean SUV now has the torque, luxury and efficiency.

What’s new is its exterior design and dimensions; the positioning the LED DRLs is now above the LED headlights, similar to the French cars but pulled off with good effect. And the new single element grille is something to get used to and does look better overtime.

It has grown up in size too, measuring at 4,770mm in length, 1,890mm in width and a longer wheelbase of 2,765mm, the SanteFe’s interior has grown quite a bit; There’s 38mm more legroom and 18mm higher in the second row, and 22mm more headroom for the third row occupants.

The interior now offers improved ergonomics with enhanced visibility, which is more apparent at the rear thanks to a larger rear quarter glass, which is 41% bigger compared to the previous model. Refinement is improved as well thanks to reinforcement of the floor panel and thicker materials incorporated in the carpet.

There’s six powertrain options available with four petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol family consists of a 2.4 GDI, 2.0T GDI, 2.4 MPI and 3.5 MPI. Two of the diesel engines are the R2.0 and R2.2. There’s no confirmation of which powertrain to be equipped in the Malaysian spec, but the familiar sounding ones could. All these engines and there’s only one transmission; petrol and diesel mills will be paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission in all regions.

Besides that, the SantaFe will get a new trick four-wheel drive technology that variably sends power to each wheel. HTRAC variable torque control provides agile handling and better torque application depending on the wheel grip and travelling speed. HTRAC sends 50% of drive to the rear wheels in Sport mode, while 35% in Comfort, while eco only sends power to the front wheels for better efficiency.

For improved ride comfort, the SanteFe’s suspension has been stiffened and placed vertically to improve response and stability. There’s also an optional self-load-levelling suspension for continuous ride height adjustment regardless of vehicle load.

The all-new Sante Fe family of vehicle are bigger and a bit fancier than their predecessors and will come with a chockfull technology and safety featutes that buyers in this segment can expect. An industry-first, the Rear Occupant Alert detects movement at the rear seats reminding the front occupants to not leave kids or pets behind when leaving the car.

Also featured is Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety and driving assistance consisting of Blind-Spot Collision Warning (to warn you of a vehicle in the blindspot), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (prevents collision with pedestrians), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (prevents collisions when backing out of a parking spot), Lane Keeping Assist (warns the driver when veering off lane), Rear Occupant Alert, Safety Exit Assist (warns the driver when the door is open, or keep the doors locked when a car approaches from behind), and Speed Limit Info Function.

[Bryan Au]

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