When first introduced in 2000 for the 2001 model year, the Hyundai Santa Fe was the first SUV to be sold by Hyundai. Named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, it has been a hit in the North American market since its introduction.
The first generation ran until 2005. Then followed the second generation that lasted until 2012 and the third edition that ended in 2018. The fourth generation has been with us since 2018 and received a facelift in 2020, and today the new 2022 edition is still one of the best mid-size crossover SUVs on the market.
Here’s what we love most about the 2022 edition of Hyundai’s original SUV, the Santa Fe.
The Practicality of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
While the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t the largest SUV on the market, it’s still very practical inside. Two rows of seats accommodate five people, with two in the front and three in the back, although it can be difficult to get more than two adults in the back. The seats have 41.2 inches of headroom and 44.1 inches of legroom in the front, while the rear seats have 39 inches of headroom and 41.7 inches of legroom. There is also 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which increases to 72.1 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats.
The Santa Fe also comes with a fairly standard but still excellent infotainment system, which comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch or 13-inch touchscreen to operate it. Wireless device charging is also an optional feature.
The Performance of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
The base model of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with a 2.5-liter, double-overhead-cam, direct-injection inline-4 engine that produces 191 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 181 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine gives the Santa Fe an average fuel economy of between 22 miles per gallon and 25 miles per gallon in the city and between 25 miles per gallon and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Higher trim levels of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe feature a turbocharged version of the same 2.5-liter, double overhead camshaft, direct-injection inline-4 engine that produces 281 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 311 lb. of torque -ft at 4000 rpm. Although it has better power, the disadvantage of this engine is a slightly lower fuel consumption in cities. It gets between 21 miles per gallon and 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. All trim levels include an 8-speed automatic transmission and
In addition, two different hybrid versions of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe are available, a regular hybrid and a plug-in electric hybrid. The regular hybrid’s 1.6-litre I5 turbocharged engine is boosted by a 13 kW electric motor and a 1.5 kWh battery pack, with which it can reach up to 226 hp. Depending on the trim level selected, the hybrid will get between 33 miles per gallon and 36 miles per gallon in the city, and between 30 and 50 miles per gallon on the highway. Unlike normal cars that are powered solely by combustion, hybrid cars typically get more mileage in cities than on the highway, because they use the electric motor more often at low start-stop speeds.
The trim levels of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is available with a choice of: five trim levels† The base model is known as the SE, and as you might expect, it doesn’t pack a lot of features. Above the SE is the SEL, which includes a push button start, wireless charging and heated front seats. Above that is the XRT, which features a black roof rack, 18-inch dark-alloy wheels, dark silver front and rear skid plates, Hyundai’s Digital Key system that allows the car to be controlled with a smartphone and a leather steering wheel.
Following the XRT comes the Limited, which features 19-inch alloy wheels along with enhanced safety features such as Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor and Surround View Monitor systems. It also features leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. The top trim level of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is Calligraphy, featuring premium nappa leather seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, mood lighting, a heads-up display and premium finishing details on both the vehicle’s interior and exterior.
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