I did a lot of research into the new 2013 small SUV or 'CUV' vehicles before deciding on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. This included direct market competitors such as the Chevy Equinox, Ford Edge/Escape, K...
I did a lot of research into the new 2013 small SUV or 'CUV' vehicles before deciding on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. This included direct market competitors such as the Chevy Equinox, Ford Edge/Escape, Kia Sorento, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the value the Santa Fe Sport offers considering the cost. The new styling is something to marvel at. From looking dated, Hyundai has upgraded the body to have more liquid curves and softer lines. The chrome accents look best I believe, on the silver and black exterior offerings. I chose black personally. I've had several compliments just on the aesthetic beauty of the vehicle. It certainly looks like a more expensive, luxury SUV than one which is moderately priced.
I opted for the turbo model over the standard offering for a number of reasons. The 19" wheels which come standard on the 2.0T really stand out from the smaller diameter rims on the base model.
And the main reason of course, was the increased HP and performance. The twin scrolling turbo offers a lot more kick than the V6 of my old 2007 Tucson. There is almost zero 'turbo lag' when you punch the accelerator. You can pass through traffic effortlessly. For a vehicle in this class, having that kind of on hand power is just pure joy.
I did not opt for the higher tier options, and even so, my FWD version is comfortable to drive. The electronic controls are easy to learn and use. Premium sound is not a necessity, and the standard audio is wonderful. Automatic lights, Bluetooth, ECO mode, heated seats all come standard. The cabin is spacious and comfortable even with my 6'2" frame.
Through my first 1000 driving miles I have had absolutely *zero* problems with this vehicle. As much of my commute is in and around the Philadelphia area, my driving is a combination of highway and city traffic. I am very pleased with the gas use I have been acheiving - about 23.5 - 24.5 MPG. Far better than the V6 Tucson. This mileage is achieved without the use of ECO mode, which is supposed to save as much as 7% on your gas mileage. If I had one small knock on the vehicle, it would be the ECO mode. I didn't like the 'feel' of the Santa Fe while this was engaged. I wouldn't exactly call the vehicle sluggish, but it didn't feel as responsive when accelerating. You can definitely tell a difference when ECO mode is in use. For my purposes, I'd rather have the keener response than save a tiny bit on the MPG.
Two thumbs way up for Hyundai and the new revamped Santa Fe.