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Santa Fe gains fleet appeal

  • 194bhp engine with 176g/km
  • Fuel-saving technology
  • Quickest seven seater below £35k

Hyundai has strengthened the fleet credentials of the Santa Fe 4x4 with a more powerful engine, lower running costs and reduced CO2 emissions.

The model, revised for 2010, uses a revised version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine with 40bhp more than the previous version, but with CO2 emissions reduced from 191g/km for the manual to 176g/km.

The revised model is also slightly less expensive than the outgoing Santa Fe, so company car tax bills will be significantly reduced.

Fuel consumption on the manual has improved to 41.5mpg, while a new six-speed automatic achieves 39.2mpg with five seats, and 38.2mpg with seven seats.

Cuts in fuel consumption and emissions have been partly achieved by adopting an alternator management system that disengages when not required to help save fuel.

Residual values are also expected to be better on the revised model as a result of the changes.

As well as 194bhp, the manual version produces 311lb-ft of torque (auto: 322lb-ft) and is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds.

Equipment grades have been renamed with Style as the entry level model. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, an MP3 player/iPod compatible audio system with integrated control and air conditioning.

The Premium model has 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, leather seats with heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.