Review Hyundai Santa Fe 2010
It starts with one challenge and ends with another. Late last year, Hyundai joined two of its new Santa Fe R cars in the Global Green Challenge – a tough economy of 3136km running from Darwin to Adelaide. It is not a picnic, with the temperature in the car in excess of 50 degrees Celsius.
Notably, one of the Santa Fes achieved an average fuel consumption of only 5.10 liters / 100km, while the entrance to Carsguide also did not humiliate itself, ending with 5.39 liters. That is achieved by smooth driving, slow driving and driving without the use of air conditioning.
Although most drivers don’t go to such long distances to reduce their fuel bills, that proves the Santa Fe R is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the class. Hyundai’s official fuel consumption for turbo diesel is 6.7l / 100km for the manual and 7.5l / 100km for the automatic, while driving in the real world means that the average owner Average pitchers should receive between 8 and 9l / 100km for a mixture of city and rural driving. Anything less than they are doing well.
At the end of the Green Global event, CarsGuide posed his own challenge for Hyundai – to make a more realistic test of Santa Fe consumption by pulling a medium-sized caravan through a nomadic route. typical gray.
We just completed a 1200km test, lasting four days from Sydney to Melbourne, went to a Jayco clothing store – and we did it using less than two fuel tanks.
The route begins at Hyundai Australia’s Sydney headquarters on the northern suburb of Macquarie Park. It then traverses the city with congested traffic before heading down the Southwest Highway to Goulburn. It then lands on the coast on the Kings Highway, which often slopes to BHRans Bay.
The second day along the undulating Princess Highway comes to Eden, including a side trip to Wapagui’s interesting next town. The third day ended at Traralgon in Victoria before running to the finish line at Hyundai’s office in Clayton.
The car is kept at a speed of 80 to 90km / h if possible, while the route is planned in the typical conditions faced by caravans, including many zigzag roads and hills. diverse. Surprisingly, when Mother Nature played a cruel twist, forcing us to drive into the teeth of a strong male breeze that swept across Victoria.
The goal is to return an average fuel consumption of 9 to 10l / 100km – and in New South Wales, under perfect driving conditions, we saw 9.4l / 100km. By half a point, the hills had to pay the price and Santa Fe had returned 10.05l / 100km.
Then disaster. Crossing Victoria, we were hit by a 40km / h bullet and the driver rain immediately shot fuel consumption to 11, no matter how hard we tried. The simple solution was to stop, but there was a deadline so we continued.
It’s heartbreaking because Santa Fe, from our experience, is capable of under 10L / 100km, with the right conditions. We fought and eventually the wind dropped and so did the fuel consumption. We arrived in Melbourne with low fuel warning lights and only less than 5 liters left.
Driving from Sydney to Melbourne returned an average of 10.36l / 100km or 27 mpg. The best return with an impressive 9.4l / 100km (in Sydney traffic), the worst, thanks to the upwind, 12l / 100km. The Santa Fe covers 1186km without a wiper, in fifth or sixth place on most journeys, which is enormous torque from a diesel engine.
We used 122.90 liters; with a total cost of $ 159.84, with diesel prices ranging from $ 1.38 a liter in Eden to $ 1.21 as low as a liter in Melbourne. Santa Fe’s fuel economy as a rickshaw is noticeable considering the headwind and constant four-wheel drive vehicle with automatic transmission, air conditioning used when needed, as well as the cruise control.
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Even more remarkable is that it pulled a 1.3-ton caravan and installed an air-conditioning unit mounted on the roof, creating additional resistance without a problem.
We wrote about the seven-seat Santa Fe before, noting how quiet and friendly it is to drive. Plus, it comes with a five-star safety rating, has a large cabin and adult space at all seven seats. It takes less than a day to choose the best and the best Santa Fe features.
The best is a 145kW general-purpose turbin, perfectly suited to a six-speed automatic with manual sequential movement available if needed. The combination is a cracker. It develops 436Nm of torque between 1800 and 2500 rpm. Automatically provides more torque than the manual (421Nm) so give it the edge to pull.
We drove the well-equipped Elite-spec version for the $ 43,990 pricetag including dual air conditioning, lockable rear differential, traction control and stability, six airbags, parking sensors. , cruise control, push-button start, wide angle “babysitter” mirror, power adjustment for front seats, smart entry and iPod and USB connectivity.
There are three adult killers to reduce fuel consumption: excessive speed, poor driving habits or poor engine tuning.
For best results:
Do not accelerate or brake sharply
Keep your vehicle moving by anticipating traffic changes to avoid delays Reduce your speed on the highway Turn off the engine while waiting for traffic lights for extended periods Use the highest gear available without labor. Change a device in a petrol engine car at a speed of about 2500 rpm, in a diesel engine at about 2000 rpm. If you slow down, choose a lower gear sooner rather than a modern auto that can use less fuel than the manual Decrease the weight of the vehicle or riders by removing unwanted items such as roof rack Maintain your vehicle Avoid traffic during rush hour Manufacturer’s maximum recommended level On the highway, use air conditioning instead of driving with windows down to reduce drag At speed Lower city level, turn off air conditioning and open windows.