Hyundai Santa Fe Phev, Plug-In Hybrid That Changes

Hyundai Santa Fe Phev, Plug-In Hybrid That Changes

Hyundai Santa Fe Phev, Plug-In Hybrid That Changes

In 2001, the Hyundai Santa Fe was born. It was the Korean brand’s first SUV to be sold in Spain, and it has since sold over five million units in its 21-year lifespan. We have seen four generations in the last four decades, and it is now time to restart the fourth. And it does not do so by a quick facelift, as this evaluation of the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV demonstrates.

Since it is not limited to cosmetic improvements (which it does have, and which I will discuss now), but also because it is assembled on a new chassis, it gains two significant advantages: on the one hand, it is larger and grows in all dimensions (particularly the wheelbase, which gains centimeters in all seats), and on the other hand, it allows for the installation of hybrid and plug-in hybrid mechanics.

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 PHEV is powered by a combination of a 1.8 TGDI and an electric motor, delivering 265 horsepower and a 58-kilometer electric range (65 in the city). Along with him, the range includes a 2.2-liter CRDI diesel engine with 200 horsepower and a 230-horsepower hybrid electric vehicle. However, the first measure is, of course, the latest PHEV.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 frame

I begin in complete silence, with the electric motor providing a blend of smoothness and acceleration speed, even with the SUV’s weight. It features four driving modes that are selected via roulette on the redesigned center console. Smart mode automatically balances combustion and electric motors for optimal response, while Sport mode balances performance, eco savings, and comfort.

I circle in the first and the power is unbreakable; even when the combustion engine enters alone (due to the electric battery running out), it recovers without incident. It is an eminent road Hyundai, where driving in comfort is the highest virtue and where the accelerator does not demand great joys. Among other reasons, the shifts in the curve’s support are obvious.

Let’s start with the exterior changes: the Santa Fe features a completely new radiator grille designed exclusively for Hyundai – it’s very wide, taking up roughly two-thirds of the front end. The grille ends in two-part rectangular headlights at the sides.

Additionally, the daytime running lights have been narrowed and updated with new graphics. As with the ancestor, they are horizontally oriented and rest above the real headlights. The new Santa Fe skirt has been reinforced. The wide central air intake is framed by matte silver decorative elements.

On the outside, this model is almost identical to its predecessor, save for the addition of silver trim. It also makes minimal changes to the back, with the lights protruding further down and the LEDs receiving new graphics.

A red reflective strip connects the two components. Additionally, the rear apron is stronger than the previous model, featuring a broad matt silver decorative feature. However, in comparison to the front, the rear has been even more restrained by the designers.

Hyundai has also given an interior study. The dashboard and vents remain largely unchanged from the predecessor, although there are different displays. The Santa Fe now comes equipped with a 12.3-inch fully digital cockpit powered by a new steering wheel.

A new 10.25-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment device, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto operate wirelessly. However, the most noteworthy advancement is the Nexo-inspired center console, which replaces the predecessor’s gear selector lever with buttons and includes a selector dial for driving modes.


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