Santa Fe is the first full size SUV by Hyundai which was launched back in 2001. Then in 2006 the current generation with a whole new design replaced the old one, and now in 2009 the car has received a mild facelift to keep it fresh for another year or two before a totally new model gets its place. 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with some visual tweaks, better quality for the interior and an all new diesel engine.
On the outside you notice that the 2010 Santa Fe comes with a new grille, revised bumpers and new graphic for the lights. Exhaust tailpipes design are also redesigned and it has a new roof rack. Inside the cabin, the design is barley changed, but the car can now accommodate up to seven individuals thanks to the folding third row seats. When the seats are up you still get 528 liters of luggage space, which is expandable to 1582 liters.
You also get a few more gadgets like an enhanced stereo with USB and AUX, but the quality of used materials are said to be improved significantly. Santa Fe also has traction control, ESP, active head restraints and six airbags.
A new engine is also added to range for 2010 Santa Fe, the new 2.2-liter common-rail diesel “R-engine” which has 197 hp and 422 nm of torque, and is quit clean and economical. It only uses 6.6 liers of fuel in every 100 km and covers Euro5 standard. The other engine is the 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol which is mated with a CVVT gearbox. It has 174 hp and uses 8.5 liters of fuel per 100km.