In the hotly contested compact crossover SUV market, the new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossover SUV outclasses the competition. It gets the edge thanks, in part, to its responsive performance, superior fuel economy, cutting-edge technology, handsome exterior, and spacious upscale interior.
Handsome Contemporary Styling
Fresh, bold, and invigorating, the Santa Fe Sport’s exterior sheetmetal is as contemporary as it is aerodynamic. Side character lines and a rakish top give the Santa Fe Sport a sense of motion even when standing still. Its muscular and rugged stance is further enhanced by three alloy wheel choices ranging in size from the standard 17 in. and 18 in. wheels, plus an optional 19 in. wheel package. The chiseled front end features standard daytime running lights for added safety. Available HID Xenon headlights brilliantly illuminate the road ahead while wedge-shaped LED taillights wrap around the rear quarter panel, cutting seamlessly into the back lift gate.
A Spacious And Inviting Interior
The new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport enfolds passengers in an environment of quiet refinement. Premium touches and quality materials give the spacious and versatile cabin an upscale ambiance. Standard features include stain-resistant cloth seats, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions. Available premium touches include ventilated front seats with a 12-way power adjustable driver seat that features an Integrated Memory System (IMS) that remembers both seat and mirror position. This suite of deluxe appointments also includes a panoramic sunroof, proximity key with electronic push-button start, optional leather seating surfaces, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer.
Rear passengers enjoy ample head and legroom with a 40/20/40 split-folding design that optimizes flexibility and functionality. With the accent on “utility,” the new Santa Fe Sport’s makes accessing its class-leading 71.5 cubic ft. of configurable cargo space an easy task with available hands-free smart and height-adjustable lift gate.
High-Tech Connects, Entertains And Informs
Keeping you connected, informed, and entertained is a specialty of the Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe offers an array of cutting-edge features that include standard Bluetooth® allowing you to stream music or make hands-free calls. USB auxiliary jacks and an optional Infinity® Logic 7® 12-speaker audio system that pumps out 550 watts of concert-quality sound allow you to plug into the soundtrack of your life. USB inputs allow you to connect iPods®, iPhones® and other devices directly into the “infotainment” system. The system is controlled by an optional 8 in. touchscreen display that also includes navigation and access to streaming music services like Pandora®. Standard Bluetooth® allows you to make hands-free calls. And nestled between the twin electroluminescent gauges is a multi-function information display that presents a variety of key vehicle vital stats.
Putting The “Sport” Into Sport Utility Vehicle
The new Santa Fe Sport lives up to its sporty name with a standard GDI (gasoline direct injection) 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) that produces 190 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque for the perfect balance of fuel efficiency and performance. An optional 2.0 liter turbocharged version ups the ante to a spirited 265 hp. The engines mate to a smooth-shifting six-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission that lets you manually control up and down shifts with a flick of the wrist.
Tony Swain, who writes for the online edition of Car And Driver Magazine, has this to say about the Santa Fe Sport:
“Mass, of course, is the implacable foe of performance, but the Santa Fe surprised us with a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 6.6 seconds,” Swain notes. “That’s pretty close to tops in this class, a tribute to the power traits of the optional 2.0-liter turbo. At 265 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, its output is robust by compact-SUV standards.”
“But its most endearing virtue is midrange response. The turbocharger comes online almost instantaneously, delivering a habit-forming surge, and if the six-speed automatic isn’t particularly gratifying in manual mode, its programming makes it intuitively responsive when it’s operating in full automatic,” Swain adds.
In terms of ride and handling, Swain also had some good things to say, calling the Santa Fe Sport “surprisingly nimble.” Swain states that, “It’s always easier to enjoy a vehicle that’s quicker than most of its ilk, but it’s easier still when its responses aren’t reminiscent of a dinghy struggling through a riptide. Hyundai has made a few subtle tweaks to the Santa Fe’s suspension—firmer bushings, revised rear geometry—that lend a little more urgency to its zigs and zags.”
“The chassis team also enhanced the electric power steering system with a new microprocessor that lends a little more sense of connection when the driver switches to the Sport setting of the program. The ratio could be a little quicker—it’s three turns lock-to-lock—but its accuracy stacks up well versus competing crossovers,” observes Swain.
Safety Is A Priority
Passenger safety is always a top priority at Hyundai, which is why the new Santa Fe Sport comes equipped with a full complement of the latest safety advances to protect driver and passengers. These include:
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Lane-Change Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Audible Rear Parking Assist
- Downhill Brake Control
- Hill-Start Assist Control
- Anti-Lock Brakes (Abs)
- Vehicle Stability Management
- Electronic Stability Control,
- Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
- Hands-Free Dialing
- Seven Airbags
Plus, the available Blue Link® Connected Care communication integrated into the rearview mirror provides instant access to emergency services in case of an accident.
And of course, like all Hyundais, the new 2016 Santa Fe Sport also comes with America’s best warranty package. It includes a five-year or 60,000-mile limited warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance, plus a 10-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Roomy, versatile, feature-packed, and handsomely styled, the new 2016 Santa Fe Sport turns the compact crossover SUV market on its head with its best-in-class affordability, fuel economy, and performance. It’s no wonder that it has the competition running for the hills.
Experience The Rick Case Difference
The all-new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV is decidedly different from the competition. You’ll also discover a different way of doing business at Rick Case Hyundai, your preferred Atlanta Hyundai dealership in Roswell, Georgia. We give you more for less by doubling the nationwide factory warranty on every new Hyundai to 20 years/200,000 miles. You’ll also get exceptional savings, thanks to our manager’s specials and manufacturer incentives on our huge selection of 2016 Hyundais. Stop by our Roswell Hyundai dealership, conveniently located at 11446 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, GS 30076. For your personal sales consultation, please call 888-514-0270. For Service, call 888-417-7186.