Although the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV remains an attractive proposition, its aging design has prompted Hyundai to rely on a proven sales tactic: add more features for less money. Even with these improvements, the 2018 Santa Fe Sport compact crossover SUV still has to compete with the Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and Chevrolet Equinox, all featuring newer designs, better technology and, in the case of Mazda CX-5.
The Santa Fe slides into the mainstream without even having a ride. The front carries a six-sided grille that is a kind of gold standard in the crossover-SUV world. A redesigned front bumper and LED fog lights did not detract from his beneficent face. On both sides, the proportions of Santa Fe only give the goods. It’s a minivan with no sliding side doors, and its tapered roofline and trim glass areas point to just about every van on the scale of fashion, except for the suave Chrysler Pacifica.
The cockpit adopts another standard gold SUV, a shield-shaped control hub flanked by large air vents. It works well with sheet metal. The dashboard surface ripples, bowing slightly in front of the passengers and bubbling for the gauges and the center column, and the large buttons control fan speed and sound volume. Some versions get a larger touch screen and electroluminescent gauges, with no dramatic deviation from the middle crossover.
For 2018, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers a choice of two engines. Standard on the Sport base is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 185 horsepower; If that’s not enough, the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter 2.0-liter turbocharged engine should satisfy you. Both engines feature modern direct injection fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing for optimum efficiency and power. The only transmission option is a 6-speed automatic transmission with a Shiftronic manual shift lever, for those who wish to change gears, and is available in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or AWD impressive performance and fuel economy.
From the flavors of Santa Fe, we tick the box for the SE Ultimate front-wheel drive, which costs $ 39,650. Although this is a heavy load of $ 7900 on the SE base