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Hyundai Santa Fe 2007+



  • reca1reca1 Posts: 14
    I am 6"4" also and one of the best features of the new Santa Fe, for me, is the leg room of over 42" plus ample head room. The tilt and telescoping steering wheel will made entry and exit much easier. None of Santa Fe's competitors can match it for leg room.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Where exactly did you see it?

    The website still shows 06s.

    The pricing press release (posted above) is the 07 pricing, to the best of my knowledge.
  • aneeshaneesh Posts: 43
    link title
    Look Under FEATURES AND SPEC....GLS model.....READ IT CAREFULLY! Hyundai has many errors on their website.this is just one
  • I was chatting with Al at Classic Hyundai here in the Austin, TX area. He mentioned that based on information from the Houston zone manager (presumably of Hyundai) 3rd row seating models will be introduced in the US in November.

    Anybody else has any info on this?
  • mrnicemrnice Posts: 14
    I was sent this spread sheet by a Toronto dealer today. Supposed to have them on the lot any day.
  • No incentive rebates are being offered on the 2007 Santa Fe. However, the vehicle has just started arriving on dealer lots this past week and they have to sell out the 2006 Santa Fe models ($3000.00 rebate). Wait a few months (Sept. - Nov.) to see if they offer incentives to move the 2007 models.
  • that's the best hyundai commercial ever!
  • pfloydmtlpfloydmtl Posts: 4
    I was surprised to see that the GL trim in Canada didn't have the AWD option like it does in the US. I called Hyundai Canada and they have made a decision to only have the AWD on the 3.3L engine which also means that we all have to drive the automatic tranny to get AWD...

    So much for having a fuel efficient AWD solution on the new Santa Fe... This bums me out! :cry:
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    According to specs, in AWD trim, both engines get 19mpg in the city. The 2.7L gets 25mpg highway, and the 3.3L gets 24mpg. I don't think that's much of a difference considering you also get all that extra power.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
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  • reca1reca1 Posts: 14
    I just talked to a Hyundai dealer in the Pittsburgh area and he said that the third row seating option will not be available until December. He said he was told this by a regional manager. This doesn't make much sense because 60% of the people buying SUV's want the third row option. Can any one else confirm this information?. If this is the case, since I want to buy this summer, this will rule out the Santa Fe for me.
  • pfloydmtlpfloydmtl Posts: 4
    Actually I've always driven cars with manual trannys (currently own the 1998 Honda CR-V) so I wanted to have that setup on the Santa Fe too... Currently the only way I can get a manual tranny in Canada is with the 2.7L engine which means no access to AWD!

    MSRP for the 3.3L with 5 spd auto and AWD: $30,095 CAD
    MSRP for the 2.7L with 5 Spd Man: $25,995 CAD

    I would have to pay $4,100 CAD more just to get AWD and lose the manual tranny. That's a big jump which I cannot understand...

    Winters in Canada justifies getting AWD but not at that price!
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    That's a pretty odd difference as far as options are concerned. It's also a pretty big jump in price just to get AWD, although it looks like this 3.3L could be a better engine.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Hmm... that is very strange - that Hyundai would offer a manual+AWD combination in the States but not in Canada. Wow....

  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    My local dealer has two: black GLS and a blue SE. The salesperson I spoke to said that the Touring Package will be available in September.

  • seniorsenior Posts: 13
    All of the '07 Santa Fe engines have a chain instead of a timing belt.What a great improvement.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Some (not all) exterior colors:

    Platinum Sage
    Bright Silver
    Arctic White
    Slate Blue
    Ebony Black
    Natural Khaki
    Deepwater Blue
    Silver Blue

  • reca1reca1 Posts: 14
    Thanks for the information on the third row. I assume they have to retool the plant for the touring package. By September, there might even be some incentives. I still think a majority of buyers will opt for third row seating.
  • enkaenka Posts: 35 1.asp

    This the first 2007 Santa fe test. This suv is already in sale in Turekey and they tested the car. Translation for everyone they say its a very large car from the last generation. Reaches 0-60 in 13 seconds. As you can see it in the pioctures its a 5 seat model because these cars in turkey are sold out. People got in line to buy this. They say 7 seated model is the most popular than 5 seat model check the web site. Thanks very nice car it says it passed the test Engin Kaya.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378

    Here are some pics and impressions of an SE that I tested this afternoon. If you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to try and answer them!

    Vehicle tested: 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SE FWD
    Exterior color: Deep Water Blue
    Interior color: Beige
    Options: Carpeted floors mats ($95.00)
    Price as tested: $24,390

    The attractive 2007 Santa Fe shows marked improvement over the last generation vehicle. The 3.3-liter V6 was plenty peppy and whisper-quiet in most situations. The ride, while notably firmer than the last model, absorbs most bumps and road imperfections with aplomb. The cabin is roomy, comfortable, and extremely quiet. Interior fit and finish is very good.

    The ride is certainly stiffer than the last generation Santa Fe. As it turns out, this is not a bad thing, as the redesigned suspension has improved the truck's handling aspects, reduced bottoming-out, and has given it a more solid, carlike feeling. Larger bumps penetrate audably only because of an otherwise Lexus-silent cabin.

    Handling was fairly responsive for a vehicle of this vein, and the super-tight turning circle made parking a cinch. Standard stability control should keep it in check during the more aggressive maneuvers. Braking performance on dry pavement was excellent overall.

    The 242-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 and five-speed automatic transmission make a quiet, refined, and powerful pair, though there can be a slight hesitation to down-shift in certain situations. EPA-rated fuel economy is 24 on the highway and 19 in the city on regular unleaded gasoline.

    The interior finish is light-years ahead of the old Santa Fe. Soft-touch materials grace key surfaces and most interior plastics are solid, finely-textured, and tastefully executed. The wood-grain trim, while obviously faux, adds color and isn't as gaudy as it appears in some images. Fit is another strong point, as components were flushly placed and sharp edges were absent. The cloth seating upholstery felt both soft and durable, while also being attractive.

    Legroom, both front and rear, is noticeably improved, with plenty of footspace at all outboard seating locations. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and intuitive, pump-type manual seat controls (similar to the mechanisms used in the Volkswagen Touareg) proved very helpful in finding the ideal driving position. Seat comfort was also very good, with markedly enhanced side-bolster support. Some taller drivers may wish for a touch more thigh support. Three adults can fit comfortably in the rear-seats. Ingress and egress for both the front- and rear-seats is very easy, though seat height renders entry a bit more difficult than a typical full-size minivan; a bit easier than most SUVs.

    Ergonomics were excellent; controls were extremely straightforward and easy to see and use. The cool, violet-blue illumination of most displays and switchgear is a very nice touch, as it effectively adds to the already more upscale atmosphere of the cabin. Display contrast is satisfactory. The black dash and steering wheel reduce windshield glare. The steering wheel audio controls include a “seek” feature.

    Cargo space is also appreciably increased. The 60/40-split rear seats folded easily – forming only a slight incline when lowered completely. There is a very sizeable underfloor storage bin residing behind the rear seats. A removable, organizing separator is included. A tool tray is positioned aft of the storage bin. The liftgate is light, yet it feels solid; the integrated center high-mounted stoplight utilizes LEDs. The glass does not open separately. Maximum load was rated at 930 lbs.; max towing at 3,500 lbs. (when properly equipped). A single tow hook resides under the front bumper.

    Ratings: scale = 0.0 - 5.0 in 0.5 increments

    Acceleration - 4.0
    Braking - 4.5
    Transmission - 4.0
    Routine handling - 4.0

    Ride - 4.0
    Noise - 5.0
    Driving position - 4.5
    Access, front/rear - 4.0/4.5
    Controls & Displays - 5.0
    Interior fit & finish - 4.5
    Cargo space - 3.5

    1st-row seat comfort - 4.5
    2nd-row seat comfort - 4.5

  • acronisacronis Posts: 29
    Mike thank you for your insightful and informative review of the re-designed 2007 Santa Fe. I am impressed by your description of the quality of this vehicle. I have some questions does it have foldable side mirrors? full size or limited spare? Were you able to test the stereo? Are the hood and rear hatch trimmed?

    Although the rear glass no longer opens (curious as to why they deleted that option), it wouldn't stop me from owning this vehicle. I'm very much interested in the '07 Santa Fe and I plan on visiting my local Hyundai dealer as soon as they have some in stock to take a test drive. The links you posted do not appear to be working. ***I also found this other test drive review of the '07 Santa Fe 2007 Santa Fe Test Drive

    Nice Job Hyundai!
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    "I have some questions does it have foldable side mirrors?"

    Yes, the mirrors do fold manually.

    "full size or limited spare?"

    I didn't see it, actually (!), but it is supposedly a compact spare in that it is more narrow than the other wheels/tires. So as not to confuse the ESC system, it must maintain the same diameter.

    "Were you able to test the stereo?"

    Regretfully... because I was trying to maximize my time, I didn't have the chance to test the sound system extensively. From the little bit that I heard, it did sound pretty good (the optional systems on the SE and [especially] the Limited are bound to be killer good!).

    "Are the hood and rear hatch trimmed?"

    If I'm not mistaken, the hood was trimmed with sound-deadening material; the liftgate on the SE did not feature carpeting.

    "The links you posted do not appear to be working."

    They haven't been OKed by the host site yet. Hopefully they'll be up soon. It looks great in person!

  • I just asked Pathway Hyundai in Ottawa about availability and they indicated that several are on their way. Incidentally, they are really great people to deal with. I've dealt with them for awhile now and they really put the customer first. Also found out that they aren't getting any premium models. cheers
  • mcperrmcperr Posts: 74
    Does anyone have a figure for cargo volume with the 2nd seat up - 3rd seat down? Rear seat(s) down the Santa Fe's 78 ft3 is very close to the Highlander's 80 ft3. For those of us with kids, the 2nd seat up - 3rd seat down volume is more relevant. Volume with the 3rd seat up appears to be almost nil.

    BTW, the cargo capacity of the 07 Santa Fe clearly puts this vehicle in a different category than the Rav4 or CRV. As a mid-size SUV we should be comparing it to the Highlander, Pilot etc.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Cargo volume, cu.ft.

    Behind front seats: 78.2
    Behind 2nd-row seats: 34.2
    Behind 3rd-row seats: 10.0

    As an aside, after seeing the new Santa Fe yesterday, I quipped to my dad (who was with me and considering it for purchase) that "I certainly did like it better than the Highlander overall." To which he replied, "Oh, definitely: there's no comparison!"

  • sun roof optionDoes anybody know whether the sunroof is available on the first release? Also, I hope the spare is placed somewhere inside the vehicle.

    BTW thanks to Mike for the great pics and review.
  • jrock65jrock65 Posts: 1,371
    Good shots. Thanks.
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