2013 Hyundai Santa Fe – The Best Midsize SUV for the Money
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe sports 2.4 liter four cylinder petrol engine and 2.2 liter turbo diesel with a spacious cabin. The Santa Fe deserves a crown of the Best Midsize SUV for the Money due to its low running cost, outstanding quality and generous standard features.
All variants of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe come with all wheel drive system. All cars are manufactured in South Korea. The body is unitary construction with independent suspension is fitted in both ends and Macpherson struts at the front while multi links at the rear.
The 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine delivers 145kW at 3800 rpm and 436 Nm from 1800-2500 rpm or 421 Nm with manual transmission. The 2.4 liter direct injection petrol engines delivers 141 kW of power at 6300 rpm and 242 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm.
This midsize SUV also has a sophisticated cornering and system which features torque filtering which involves sensors detecting imminent undesteer or oversteer then adjusting the amount of torque that goes to each individual wheel and applying the brakes on each wheels to make sure the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on its correct cornering line.
How Good is the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe?
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe with 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine shares the same engine with Kia Sorento which is good because the Sorento’s engine is well known for its superb performance, small size and low running cost.
The performance of this 2.2 liter engine is comparable to current four cylinder turbo diesel engine from Mercedes, BMW and Audi.
This midsize SUV pulls easily from low revs with strong and smooth in the mid range and keep going until beyond 4500 rpm.
There’s nothing wrong with the manual gearbox, but the automatic is much more efficient and well matches with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel. Driver can just relax and let the auto transmission do the work.
Unlike Kia Sorento, there’s quiet a body roll and float and the body of Hyundai Santa Fe leans hard on the outside front wheel in corners.
There’re three mode adjustable electric steering but only the “Sport” setting provides acceptable feedback, so we suggest you to leave it there.
The cabin is spacious and bright with first class finish quality. The dash layout is stylish but efficient. The mid row seats are comfortable and has plenty of leg room. The third row is also not too bad; it has more leg room than hatchbacks.