Hyundai Santa Fe Active X review: the weekend test
If there is a Hell, I have little doubt that it will be filled with a procession of children’s birthday parties; a damn eternal realm when eating fairy bread and trying to calm the jokes of hyped sugar kids.
These birthday parties can be extremely tiring work, and when children under 10 participate, they cannot go as planned. So this year, on the twins’ eighth birthday, we decided it would be different, with only a small number of children invited. For my part, I will drive my son and three friends 80 minutes west to a tree adventure park.
The vehicle I chose for this task was the new Santa Fe Active X. And there are some better ways to check its mettle than take a taxi around the inflated four-year-old boys in the afternoon. This type of duty SUV like this is designed for.
Active X 2017 is the most recent addition to the Santa Fe lineup, for $ 40,990, putting it right above the entry-level Active Petrol ($ 39,350) and just below the $ 42,350 Active Diesel.
Equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, Active X is the only front-wheel drive car in the range and it’s also the strongest.
So how did Santa Fe handle the birthday mission?
The first task of my day was to mark my son’s football match, scheduled to begin at 8:30. First, the Santa Fe Active X is a beautiful car. The styling is less rugged than its competitors, with more roof borders giving it a more polished appearance, like a closed car.
At 4700mm long and 1880mm wide, the Santa Fe Active X is actually 375mm shorter than the CX-9 and 165mm shorter than Kluger’s terminal and looking at it, it’s hard to imagine this has seven seats.
The interior of this suburban warrior inadvertently favors its function over form, creating a child-resistant cabin. Hard plastic is the material of choice throughout, accompanied by comfortable leather seats. For a practical family SUV, the materials used are suitable for the purpose of use, designed to withstand bumps, falling food and muddy soccer shoes, all of which are compatible with each other. equivalent to the course in this segment.
We leave football after the end of a rare defeat. While I was in pain from failure, my son was completely unfazed and could barely contain his excitement about the upcoming birthday party.
My son’s three friends arrived on time and I quickly brought them to Active X – two in the middle and two in the third row. Despite their height, I felt the need to adjust the middle row a bit forward to fit the two guys in the third row comfortably.
Another thing to note about the third row is that the visibility outside the rear window is not good, however separate air-conditioning controls are a welcome feature. However, it is not a place for adults or teenagers to sit for any length of time.
The trip is expected to take some time, I was free to put the water bottle in the middle and third bottle holder for the boys which was my first stupid mistake during the trip. But more about that in a moment.
Storage is generous on the vehicle – the front has decent sized bins in both the dashboard and under the center console armrest, along with a hidden hole for the phone and a key in front of the gear knob. At the back, there’s a small tub for the third row.
Use all seven seats to leave little boot space; Just big enough to fit my overnight bag. With the third row folded down (split 50/50), boot space is 516 liters spacious, up to 1,615 liters with both the second row (40/20 / 40 split) and the third row folded down.
With Active X sending satnav, I synced my Android Auto app with a seven-inch touchscreen (Apple CarPlay is also provided) and set my destination. According to Google Maps, our trip is expected to take 75 minutes. I have a front seat full of snacks, a full gas tank and four itchy boys to get to my destination.
Our trip gave me a good opportunity to test the engine on a combination of urban driving and highways. The smooth and quiet V6 engine offers more than abundant power, but the heavy throttle feel and reaction points involve clear emphasis on efficiency. But it was a massively composed package, and it was fun to ride the train and pass.
After two hours of running many obstacle courses on the tree, the boys poured into the car full of energy and ready for mischief. Remember the mistake I mentioned earlier?
The trip back was painful, and made me constantly yell at the boys to stop and abandon the squeeze of water bottles and throw food (which I gave them – wrong number two) around the car then got them to stand. Get up and start using your head for target practice. This led to a stop where the harsh words were uttered before the trip was resumed.
When I returned home, I quickly vacuumed the pieces of popcorn and bread from the floor mats and seats. All breaches were easily erased and the car was quickly restored to its former glory. Easily.
Santa Fe Active X is on a shopping spree as I take the twins out to receive birthday gifts.
It is worth noting that it uses foot-controlled park brakes, instead of traditional handles or buttons. For drivers not familiar with it, it may take some time to get used to it. I did not find it being penetrated to the leg, the only problem was that the foot rest rested a little more than usual to fit the park brake.
Key features of Active X include automatic wipers and headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, four power outlets and two-zone climate control and proximity unlock. It also carries the maximum five-star ANCAP rating and includes a set of safety equipment like AEB, as well as rear traffic warning and blind spot monitoring.
The second row has child seat anchors, with two ISOFIX mounts and three top fasteners. There are seven airbags, however curtain airbags only extend to the second row.
There are three different modes that also affect throttle and gearboxes: Eco, Normal and Sport, each of which can be activated via a switch on the center console. In Sport mode, there is a noticeable change in throttle response, freeing the heavy V6 engine and allowing it to stretch out a bit. I have become a bigger fan of this engine for miles.