All-new Hybrid Santa-Fe electrifies your senses

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All-new Hybrid Santa-Fe electrifies your senses

It’s new in town, it’s bold and it’s packed with features – the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy is simply the gift that keeps on giving.

Redefining the family car experience with a robust, yet refined design, the popular SUV is taking the nation by storm with a range of Hybrid models including the top-of-the-line Calligraphy variants available in both a six and seven seat configuration.

Barry Maney Hyundai presented The SE Voice with the opportunity to call into its Percy Street dealership last week to be one of the first to experience the latest incarnation of the Santa Fe to and put it through its paces.

On the outside, the Santa Fe sports a striking all-new retro-inspired square design which creates a sense of grandeur with its high bonnet line, a horizontal radiator grille design which maximises airflow through active vents as well as H-Shaped headlamps.

At the rear, the Hyundai SUV boasts a wide tailgate for ease of cargo loading, while further enhancing the vehicle’s strong on-road presence.

Not only does it look the goods with its impressive design, there are a suite of colourways available to enhance it even further – with entry level Santa Fe Hybrid’s available in Creamy White, Abyss Black, Magnetic Force, Ocado Green, Pebble Blue and Typhoon Silver.

The Elite kicks it up a notch to add Cyber Sage and Terracotta Orange to the line-up, while the top-of-the-line Santa Fe Calligraphy steps it up even further with Creamy White Matte and Earthy Brass Matte options.

Taking practicality to the next level, the Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy also has a nifty set of hidden grab handles to make loading and unloading paddle boards, bikes or a range of storage items from the roof of the vehicle with ease.

With hybrid power becoming more prevalent in the motoring industry, each Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid model is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engine, six speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system, while the entry level Santa Fe Hybrid is also available in a front wheel drive configuration.

Around town the switch between hybrid and petrol power is seamless and the manufacturer has paid attention to ensuring each drive is comfortable and quiet no matter the road surface.

Setting off up the road and seeing almost 1000km range from a full tank of fuel pop up on the instrument cluster was refreshing, with the efficient powerplant supported by smart regenerative braking and Hyundai’s e-Dynamic Drive system to ensure you get the most out of your dollar at the pump.

On the inside you are treated to a range of creature comforts and an abundance of technology in the top of the range Santa Fe Calligraphy.

While you may instantly notice the dual 12.3-inch multimedia and instrument cluster displays, there is also a dual wireless charger and host of USB-C ports to keep devices charged on those long journeys, while satellite navigation, Android Auto also enhance the drive experience.

Popping into a parking bay after a long stint on the road has also never been more enjoyable, with Hyundai adding a driver and passenger relaxation function to its Napp Leather appointed seats, alongside being heated and ventilated, while second-row seating also features the heated treatment, all while listening to your favourite music through the BOSE Premium Audio system.

Add to this a large glass sunroof, digital centre mirror, adjustable heads-up display, smart tailgate and a massive number of safety features, there is just too much to list in one article – and we have not even touched on the UV-C sanitation tray!

Not only is the Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy seven-seater as tested extremely great value with a starting price of $81,109 driveaway, but for those looking for something in a lower price bracket, the entry level Santa Fe Hybrid is still packed full of features and fantastic value in its front wheel drive configuration with pricing starting at $63,784 driveaway.

So what are you waiting for? Dust off those Calligraphy skills and pop on down to Barry Maney Hyundai to sign on the dotted line and make the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe yours at 40 Percy Street, Mount Gambier, or contact the dealership on 8721 3400 to find out more about the all-new SUV today.

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