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Hyundai gives its sleek Santa Fe a light massage for the 2009 model year

28 Oct 2008

HYUNDAI has shot up its corporate hand to remind buyers that the Ford Territory, Toyota Kluger and Holden Captiva aren’t the only medium-sized SUVs on the market. So while the smooth diesel and V6 petrol model Santa Fe remain much the same as the previous versions released in May 2006, the addition of a new towing pack underlines the mild off-road capabilities of this Hyundai, despite not being a full-fat 4x4 experience.
Model release date: 1 October 2008 to 1 October 2009

Previous model

Hyundai CM Santa Fe

Released: May 2006
Ended: October 2008
Family Tree: Santa Fe

Don't strain your eyes looking for changes. This Santa Fe is identical to the MY09 save for a different grille and minor trim alterations. Offered in five-seater, seven-seater, front and all-wheel drive configurations, the mid-sized SUV was sold in Australia in SX, SLX and Elite variations. Initially Hyundai’s 138kW/248Nm 2.7-litre Delta V6 petrol in four-speed auto or five-speed manual was offered, until the more frugal and suitable 114kW/343Nm 2.2-litre CRDi four-cylinder turbo-diesel arrived in late 2006. The diesel junked the old four-speed auto for a five-speed auto unit, further enhancing the CRDi’s appeal. The more-modern 180kW/309Nm 3.3-litre Lambda V6 petrol topped the range – but only in front-wheel drive form – from mid-2007.

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