The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a chunky crossover that benefits significantly from its powerful and efficient engines, an attractive body and slick interior design. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is particularly impressive for its excellent trade-off of power and economy.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a sizeable compact crossover that delivers quality in every aspect to make its already relatively affordable price point of $26,599 even more enticing. Some of the car’s highlights include a slick cabin and two very fuel-efficient but powerful engines. However, no matter where you look, the Santa Fe Sport is a treat.
In fact, as soon as you lay your eyes on this car, you’ll be blown away by its style, which includes keen attention to detail, calm lines and impressively aerodynamic shape, improved by slick underbody fairings. Though admittedly it’s a bit more conventional than a car like Tucson, it still can stand its ground as a very good-looking crossover. In fact, if you aren’t a fan of curves, like the ones you’d find on a Sonata, then you’re definitely going to like the more restrained shape of the Santa Fe Sport.
The external features that might catch your eye are a chrome grille and door handles; LED-enhanced headlights and taillights; and an improved rear spoiler. The Sport also gets 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, which are exclusive to this specific Santa Fe model.
Once you get into the car, you will instantly be impressed by how “mature” its cabin really looks. First, you’ll notice that it comes with a set of user-friendly controls in the centre stack, framed by hefty air vents on each side. You’ll then see that everything is accessible and easy to use, so you won’t be fiddling with the controls at any point during your trips. The dash is very neat too since it sits quite low in front of the passenger, but then curves around the centre stack and gauges. You’ll also find plenty of quality materials – like good stain and odour-resistant Yes Essentials fabric, sturdy plastics and optional leather.
There’s a decent amount of room in the back and at the front, which allows tall individuals to fit in comfortably. Additionally, the second-row seats slide on 5.2-inch track to provide better adjustability – similar to the way it’s done in the Chevy Equinox. The cargo area is quite generous too, especially if you fold the back seats flat. Sure, there are only five seats in total, since this is a compact, but that shouldn’t get in your way – because it uses all of them to their fullest potential.
Under the hood, the 2014 Santa Fe Sport delivers two engines – a 2.4-litre inline four and a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder. The 2.4-litre engine can pump out 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-litre one can deliver 264 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Both engines offer an excellent trade-off of economy and power, which means that they’ll both provide you with a decent amount of power for a sufficient price.
All-in-all, there isn’t anything in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport that will disappoint you. It’s a car that succeeds in everything it sets out to do. So, if you’re looking for a relatively affordable crossover, then give the Santa Fe Sport a try.
|Engine||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Horsepower @RPM||190 @ 6300|
|Fuel Type||Direct Gasoline Injection|
|Body type||Sport Utility|
|Power and Performance:|
Powering the base 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy estimates are decent, with an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in combined driving (20 city/27 highway) for front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops to 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway). Most competitors have slightly better fuel economy ratings.
The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that increases output to 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy drops only slightly, with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway) for the front-drive 2.0T and 21 mpg (18 city/24 highway) for all-wheel drive.
In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive 2.0T Santa Fe accelerated from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is slower than average for a small crossover with an upgraded engine.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's contemporary interior offers a high degree of user-friendliness and a quality level of fit and finish. All controls are easy to reach and operate and storage spots are plentiful. The seats are trimmed in stain- and odor-resistant Yes Essentials fabric, and leather is available. The rear bench seat includes a 40/20/40 split, and includes 5.2 inches of fore-and-aft travel plus a recline function as part of an option package. Folding down the rear seatbacks gives a near-flat load floor and more than doubles available cargo volume from 35.4 cubic feet to 71.5 cubic feet.
Originally appeared on Kelly Blue Book.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, active front head restraints and seven airbags (front, front side, driver knee and full-length side curtain).
In government crash tests, the Santa Fe Sport received a perfect 5-star rating across the board. Likewise, the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Santa Fe Sport its top rating of Good in all tested categories.
Originally appeared on AutoTrader.
|Engine: 2.4L I4 GDI|
|Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC & OD -inc: Active ECO System, lock-up torque converter and manual shift mode|
|Axle Ratio 3.648|
|GVWR: 2,200 kgs|
|54-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection|
|130 Amp Alternator|
|Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers|
|Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars|
|Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering|
|66 L Fuel Tank|
|Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher|
|Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs|
|Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs|
|4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control|
|Wheels: 17" Aluminum Alloy|
|Tires: P235/65 R17|
|Steel Spare Wheel|
|Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown|
|Body-Coloured Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent|
|Body-Coloured Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent|
|Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim|
|Chrome Side Windows Trim|
|Chrome Door Handles|
|Body-Coloured Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding|
|Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster|
|Deep Tinted Glass|
|Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park|
|Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip|
|Fully Galvanized Steel Panels|
|Liftgate Rear Cargo Access|
|Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks|
|Roof Rack Rails Only|
|Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps|
|Front Fog Lamps|
|Radio: AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM/MP3 Audio System -inc: full dot LCD screen, 6 speakers (2 1" tweeters, 2 6.5" front speakers and 2 6.5 " rear speakers), Integrated SiriusXM w/3 month trial subscription, iPod/USB/3.5mm aux jack front centre console mounted and Bluetooth hands-free phone system|
|Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Internal Memory|
|Digital Signal Processor|
|Integrated Roof Antenna|
|Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat 2-way power lumbar support|
|Yes Essentials Premium Cloth Front Seats|
|4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement|
|40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Yes Essentials Premium Cloth Rear Seat|
|Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column|
|Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer|
|Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows|
|5 Person Seating Capacity|
|Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button|
|Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel|
|Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls|
|Manual Air Conditioning|
|HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts|
|Locking Glove Box|
|Driver Foot Rest|
|Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fibre Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents|
|Full Cloth Headliner|
|Urethane Gear Shift Knob|
|Day-Night Rearview Mirror|
|Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination|
|Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets|
|Front Map Lights|
|Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting|
|Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats|
|Carpet Floor Trim|
|Cargo Area Concealed Storage|
|Cargo Space Lights|
|FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate|
|Instrument Panel Bin, Covered Dashboard Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins|
|Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down|
|Delayed Accessory Power|
|Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature|
|Outside Temp Gauge|
|Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints|
|Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest|
|2 Seatback Storage Pockets|
|4 12V DC Power Outlets|
|Electronic Stability Control (ESC)|
|ABS And Driveline Traction Control|
|Side Impact Beams|
|Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags|
|Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags|
|Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags|
|Airbag Occupancy Sensor|
|Driver Knee Airbag|
|Rear Child Safety Locks|
|Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners|