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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT: Review and Specifications – The Santa Fe brand has been used on a variety of crossover vehicles throughout the years, ranging in size from tiny to three-row. It is now installed on a midsize SUV with five seats. The Santa Fe, which is manufactured in Alabama, was given a significant upgrade for the year 2021, and it will enter the year 2023 with revisions to the feature distribution throughout the range. In addition to the version powered by gasoline discussed in this article, Hyundai also offers the Santa Fe as a hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid.
The premium division of Hyundai is called Genesis, and the Santa Fe is not on par with an SUV like the GV80. Despite this, the 2023 Santa Fe is a more luxurious SUV than the company’s previous sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The materials, details, and technological elements of high-end versions are of superior quality. The inside of the Santa Fe has a pleasant appearance and a generous amount of room, regardless of the configuration in which it is offered. Although there are a lot of controls on the center console, the arrangement is straightforward and simple to learn.
The Santa Fe is an easy vehicle to operate and feels quite sophisticated. The turbocharged engine’s power is attractive, but the dual-clutch automatic transmission that it’s partnered with may make the ride a little bit bumpy at times. If we had to pick, we would probably go with the standard engine, the hybrid, or the plug-in hybrid.
The Santa Fe provides a lot of value for the money, especially considering all of the basic features it comes with. The driver assistance functions offered by Hyundai operate well, and the company offers an extensive warranty. The Santa Fe is successful as an easygoing and flexible daily SUV, despite the fact that its outward appearance isn’t very attractive.
It should be made very clear that purchasing the Santa Fe with the XRT specification does not convert the vehicle into an off-road SUV. The extended black body cladding, side steps, false skidplates, and a black grille are just some of the trail-inspired details that come standard on the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT, which the automaker even markets as an “appearance package.” If anything, the large tire sidewalls that surround its black 18-inch wheels should help it navigate bumpy or uneven terrain with less risk of developing a pinch flat. Roof rails might be useful for motorists who have an adventurous attitude, but in terms of really being prepared for an adventure, there are better options: The Santa Fe XRT has the front-wheel drive as the basic drivetrain and all-wheel drive as an available option.
Santa Fe demonstrated outstanding results in the most current round of safety testing that it underwent in 2022. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it with the highest possible overall crash protection score (five stars), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it their 2022 Top Safety Pick +.
Each and every 2023 Santa Fe has adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist, and front automated emergency braking as standard equipment. Enhanced semi-autonomous driving capabilities, known as Highway Driving Assist, and a side cross-traffic warning are also included on higher-end models. They also receive a smart camera-based blind-spot monitoring system that shows a video image of whatever is behind the car in the instrument cluster of the vehicle. This is a really useful feature. To activate it, you need just press the turn signal button.
The Santa Fe provides passengers with enough space to stretch out because of the considerable legroom that is offered in both rows of seats. Even while the SUV offers a substantial amount of cargo capacity, this is not enough to set it apart from other vehicles in its class.
The base Santa Fe trims come standard with an infotainment touchscreen measuring 8.0 inches, while the higher-end versions have a device measuring 10.3 inches. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with both, however, the smaller screen only supports wireless connectivity. Each row of seats in all trim levels is equipped with two USB ports, and top trim levels also come with an ingeniously integrated wireless charger that can be positioned vertically.
There is an option for a 12.3-inch display for the gauge cluster, and the Calligraphy package is the only one that comes with a head-up display. In addition to features such as phone-as-key capability and a surround-view camera system, premium technology choices include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon music system and a driverless Smart Park system.
The 2.5-liter inline-four engine that comes standard on the SE, SEL, and XRT trim levels of the Santa Fe generates 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled to an automatic gearbox that has eight gears, and front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is an available option. You may anticipate a 0-60 time of around 9.0 seconds. The fuel economy with FWD is rated at 25/28 mpg in the city/highway, while the fuel economy with AWD is rated at 22/25 mpg.
The Santa Fe Limited and Calligraphy grades both use a 2.5-liter inline-four engine; however, this particular engine is turbocharged and produces 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and once again, front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available. It takes all-wheel drive (AWD) 6.2 seconds to accelerate to 60 miles per hour. The fuel efficiency is rated as 22/28 mpg when equipped with FWD and 21/28 mpg when equipped with AWD.