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Thursday, 15 Jul 2010

GoSee evaluates Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi 2.2 Diesel as tow tug

Hyundai Santa Fe R puts GoSee Jayco Discovery on ensuite site at park Lane Tourist park Traralgon
Hyundai Santa Fe R puts GoSee
Jayco Discovery on ensuite
site at park Lane Tourist
park Traralgon

GoSee is evaluating the new Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi 2.2 Diesel auto as a tow tug for the popular Jayco Discovery 16.52 pop-top we use as a regular travelling companion. GoSee is at Orbost Caravan Park ($22 a double a night) at day two of an extended towing trip which will take us up the Victorian and NSW coast to Bateman's Bay.

The route is then via Canberra and the ACT to the Olympic Way via Junee and on to Albury, Seymour  and Yarra Glen to return to our start point in the Melbourne Port Phillip bayside suburb of Bonbeach. Our first night on the road was spent at Park Lane Tourist Park Traralgon on one of the caravan park's $30 a double a night excellent ensuite sites.

Initial impressions are good. The Santa Fe R Elite version (GoSee test vehicle) has serious grunt which is well placed in the rev range and gearing. 

The Hyundai Santa Fe R  has returned 10.8 litres per 100km to Orbost towing the GoSee Jayco Discovery over 441km of easy highway running from the Bonbeach southern office at about 86 to 94kmh.

The new range is now all diesel and AWD. The three variants share a new 2.2-litre unit which offers more power and reduced fuel consumption.

The six-speed lightweight auto delivers more torque than the manual making it a useful towing tug.

Hyundai says the new 2.2 diesel, which cost $227 million to develop (with the help of Bosch), gives buyers the performance of the old 3.3 petrol but at lower running costs.

For 2010 the SLX replaces the old SX as the base model, with entry pricing up $1000. There are now three variants: the SLX, Elite and top of the range Highlander. The base SLX comes standard with five-star crash rating (up from 4 stars), traction and stability control, six airbags, parking sensors, cruise control, iPod and USB connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, 17-inch alloys and fog lamps.

The Santa Fe R Elite version (GoSee test vehicle) adds push button start and proximity key, driver’s side power seat adjustment, a fold-down conversation mirror as well as auto dusk sensing headlights and dual zone climate control air conditioning. Passengers in the third row also get their own air conditioning vents and fan speed control.
Hyundai Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery  find Yarragon RV friendly 003
Hyundai Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery find Yarragon RV friendly 003

More power for cheaper running costs is a draw card as Hyundai fights for sales with Holden's Captiva, the Kia Sorento (which shares the same engine and transmission package) Toyota Prado and the other half a dozen contenders in the medium SUV competition.

Price: SLX manual $37,990, auto $39,990, Elite auto $43,990, Highlander auto $48,490 (all plus on road costs)

Engine: 2.2l common rail turbo diesel with piezo electric injectors, 4 cylinder, 145kW @3800, 421Nm torque from 1800 to 2500rpm (manual), 436Nm (auto)

Transmission: six-speed manual or automatic Fuel consumption (combined) 6.7l/100km manual, 7.5l/100km auto, co2 176g/km manual, 197g/km auto Tow capacity 2000kg braked, 750kg unbraked. Ball weight 150kg.

Seven seats are fitted on all grades of the Santa Fe. The second row of seats has a 60/40 split fold function and the third row a 50/50 split fold. The second row kerbside seat can also tumble forward to allow easier access to the third row.

There is an air conditioned cool box on the Elite and Highlander and there is also a convenient storage recess in the rear cargo area.

The Elite has wide-angled cabin mirror, auto headlamps, power adjustment for driver's seat, roof rails and dual climate control zone air conditioning.

The Highlander gets a rear parking camera, leather upholstery, powered front passenger seat, six-stack CD/MP3 audio, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers and a sunroof.

The R series diesel engine makes dramatic gains in performance with significantly reduced fuel consumption. Power and torque climb a 27 per cent to 145kW and 436Nm respectively (421Nm on manual), and deliver all-terrain capability.

Hyundai says the R engine benefits from being the third generation of Bosch’s common rail system. The piezo-electronic injectors deliver fuel at 1800 bar with an unprecedented degree of accuracy and control. It also features an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger and is managed by an advanced electronic control unit.

With a 16-valve dual overhead camshaft driven by an internal steel timing chain, the R engine is also fitted with a highly efficient exhaust gas recirculation system with by-pass valve. CO2 emissions have been reduced with all models falling below 200g/km (the 6-speed manual at 176g/km and the auto at 197g/km)+.

The new Santa Fe R comes with the option of Hyundai’s 6-speed manual or a brand new 6-speed automatic with electronic sequential manual mode.

Designed for transverse engine applications in passenger cars and SUVs, the new compact transaxle places Hyundai in an elite class of automotive manufacturers who have designed their own proprietary six-speed auto (after Toyota and a GM/Ford joint venture).

The Santa Fe comes complete with a full suite of safety features, both active and passive, which have lifted its crash performance to the maximum 5 rating in the ANCAP assessment program. Standard on all models is ESP Stability Control, which includes Hyundai’s Traction Control System (TCS).

Driver and front passenger airbags, dual side front (thorax) airbags and front and rear passenger side curtain airbags (which extend to the third row) are standard across all three grades of the new Santa Fe.

Rollover sensors are a new feature on all models which, should the vehicle be at risk of overturning, trigger the side and curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners.
On site for the  night Hyundai Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery at Park Lane Tourist Park Traralgon  008
On site for the night Hyundai Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery at Park Lane Tourist Park Traralgon 008

Other standard safety features include Rear Park Assist, front active head rests and three point retractable seat belts for all occupants, including the third row. The Santa Fe also features a driver’s side safety window that retracts if an obstacle is detected.

Despite a kerb weight of 1988kg for the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine produces quick and smooth acceleration.

The Santa Fe SLX is available in a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, while the Elite and Highlander are offered as an automatic only.

The Santa Fe has an excellent  turning circle of 10.8m which GoSee finds makes caravan handling much easier.

New Santa Fe – powertrain

2.2 CRDi turbo Diesel (3rd generation common rail with piezo electric injectors)

145kW of peak power @ 3,800rpm

421Nm peak torque @ 1,800 to 2,500rpm for 6-speed manual

436Nm peak torque @ 1,800 to 2,500rpm for 6-speed automatic

Fuel consumption+ 6.7 litres/100 km (man), 7.5 litres/100 km (auto)

CO2 emissions+176g/km (man), 197g/km (auto)

New Santa Fe range – manufacturer’s list prices:

New Santa Fe 7 seat SLX R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed manual $37,990 MLP*

New Santa Fe 7 seat SLX R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $39,990 MLP*

New Santa Fe 7 seat Elite R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $43,990 MLP*

New Santa Fe 7 seat Highlander 2.2 R turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $48,490 MLP*


Engine: 2.2-litre, four cylinder, turbo diesel

Power: 145kW @ 3800rpm

Torque: 436Nm @ 1800-2500rpm

Induction: Common Rail & Turbocharged

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Driven Wheels: All

Brakes: Discs with ABS & EBD

CO2 Emissions: 197g/km

Fuel Consumption: 7.5L/100km (ADR)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L

Fuel Type: Diesel

ANCAP Rating: Five-star

Airbags: Front, Side & Curtain

Safety: ESC with Traction Control

Spare Wheel: Full-size Alloy

Suspension: Strut (F) / Multi-link (R)

Cargo Capacity: 969/2247L

Tow Capacity: 2000kg (Braked)

Turning Circle: 10.8m

Warranty: Five-year / Unlimited kilometre

Weight: 1988kg (Tare)

Wheels: 18-inch Alloy

Towing Capacity CRDi 2.2 Diesel

Braked / unbraked (Auto) 2000 / 750 kg

Maximum towball weight 150 kg

Roof cross bars load limit 100 kg

Editor's Note: Also See -

Willing Hyundai shows poise as GoSee takes Slippery When Wet coastal touring route

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory

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