2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Technology-Heavy Compact SUV


Santa Fe has been rolling out of Hyundai factories since 2000 and has been the South Korean’s most famed SUV. For 17 years now, this car has had design updates to the extent and wore technologies to suit modern needs. Currently, in its third generation, Hyundai has already released another one in the form of its new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with a few expected tweaks.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Front View

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Specs

Two higher versions are also launched with better engine options and standard specs, but Santa Fe Sport continues to house the nearly same machinery that it had in the early 2000s. It continues to house that 2.4-liter 185 HP engine under its hood, but better gears and improved designs have certainly changed few of its performance specs.

Competitors and Performance

EPA figures have improved in the third generation 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and this is something the South Koreans boast a lot. While the city figure remains at 20 mpg, the highway figure has increased to almost 28 mpg. This is certainly quite impressive for a 5-seat SUV when compared to the likes of KIA Sorento, Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

Top speed of 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport reaches around the 130 mph mark. A acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes over 8 seconds. To reach the 100 mph mark, Santa Fe Sport spends almost 10 seconds but hardly leaves any room for complaints with its added size and massive cargo space.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Rear View

Exterior and Interior

Wheelbase is almost around 106.3 inches while its overall length stands at 185 inches. Overall height is around 66.1 inches, and width is well over 64 inches. All these makes total passenger volume measure at almost around 108 cubic feet. A cargo volume is increased to a massive 35.4 cubic feet of cargo hold space.

Driver seat comes with lumbar support and is manually adjustable. Heating and ventilation features are optional. The rear seats are reclining and integrate 40-20-40 split-folding. Centre console and dash designs remain the same but do expect a few added carbon fibers here and there.

Nothing seems to be out-of-the-box for the exterior design of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2017. It retains its 3-bar horizontal front chrome grilles and sports the same headlights with a sharp corner. However, Hyundai seemed to have added a few curves and dropped the nose a bit to improve aerodynamics and performance specs.

Features and Technology

And technology is where this car outclasses its competition. Infotainment comes with a 5-inch display as standard. A 7-inch touchscreen display will be an option.  A  Android Auto-Sync will be available also,  for a few extra bucks. Hyundai has also installed electronic automatic parking system, high beam headlights with automatic control and a 360-degree camera for parking view.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior

Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, electronic braking system will all be available as standard in Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2017. Expect tire pressure monitoring system, blind spot control and pedestrian detection to be included as optional.

Hyundai may have done a lot to the higher trims of Santa Fe Sport, but this base trim still yearns for those added features. Design and technology are all 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has on offer now but do expect a hybrid pretty soon. After all, this is the South Korean’s most marketed compact SUV.

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