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19 Apr 2001

Roof rails are standard across the range Engine and transmission are protected somewhat by a plastic bashplate Minimum ground clearance 207mm, approach /departure angles are 28 and 26 degrees respectively 16-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels are standard Centre rear seating position has a head restraint, but no lap-sash seatbelt Centre armrest provided for outboard passengers in the rear compartment The driver's seatbase has two dials with which to alter its angle or height GLS grade adds driver's seat lumbar adjustment Cloth seat upholstery standard across the range Driver's airbag standard across the range - though a second airbag is part of an option pack on GL grades CD stereo with AM/FM radio (no cassette) standard across the range Four speakers are provided throughout the cabin The GLS adds a couple of tweeters to improve sound quality Cruise control is standard on V6 models The steering wheel has a stepless adjustment for height - but no reach adjustment The Sportmatic sequential manual gearshift operates in a simple nudge-forward-upshift, nudge-rearwards-downshift mode Variable intermittent wipers can be found on all models Electric windows with a driver's side auto-down function and power external mirrors are standard Air-conditioning with pollen filter and ducting to the rear footwells is standard across the Santa Fe range All Santa Fe models have 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/70 dual-purpose tyres A full-size alloy spare wheel is cradled underneath the rear floor where accessing it does not disturb luggage Cargo capacity with the seats up measures 850 litres, extending to 2100 litres when down Both the rear seatback and base spilt-fold 60/40 to increase luggage capacity A bin is recessed into the right side wall and additional (shallow) storage wells can be found under the lift-up floor panel A retractable blind and luggage net are provided Rear 12V power socket is handy Rear access can be made either through the rear glass or via the entire tailgate A driver's airbag is standard on GL dual airbags are found on GLS Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution are standard on GLS, optional on GL Front seatbelt pretensioners/load-limiters and sash height adjustment All doors incorporate side impact beams Only GLS has rear disc brakes standard GL makes do with drums Remote central locking with an integrated alarm is standard on GL and GLS grades A retractable luggage area blind is standard across the range 2.7-litre, quad cam, 24-valve "Delta" V6 engine musters a maximum power output of 132kW at 6000rpm and torque of 247Nm at 4000rpm MacPherson struts at the front Multi-link configuration at the rear Four-speed automatic the sole transmission on Santa Fe V6 Tiptronic-style "Sportmatic" gear selection used on the V6 models Five-speed manual the only transmission offered on the four-cylinder GL Full-time four-wheel drive system used Drive is split 60/40 front/rear on normal roads to match the vehicle's approximate kerb weight distribution This 60/40 ratio can vary either way according to load and/or changes in wheel grip conditions via a viscous-coupling unit GLS has four-sensor four-channel ABS braking system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) standard

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