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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Walk Around


Despite measuring 8.5 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport crossover, built on a 110.2-inch wheelbase, Hyundai’s biggest SUV is actually smaller than some direct rivals. Updated styling, particularly including the new front and rear bumpers, gives the 2017 Santa Fe a closer resemblance to the other Hyundai SUVs.

Although the restyled Santa Fe looks better than before, its larger proportions inevitably result in an appearance of bigness. Thus, the fresh look comes across a bit better on the smaller Santa Fe Sport, also restyled for 2017. On upper trim levels, LED foglamps now flank a slim but wide lower opening.

Interior

Interior details, including new matte-finish woodgrain accents, complement the revised body styling. An undulating dashboard surface dips low, rising upward to contain the gauges and center stack. Big knobs adjust audio volume and fan speed.

Cargo space behind the third row totals 13.5 cubic feet, expanding beyond 40 cubic feet with the third row folded flat. A plastic bin below the cargo floor provides some storage space. A deep, open storage space sits ahead of the gearshift lever.

Textures and materials look good and fit together well. SE Ultimate trim and higher get matte-finish woodgrain elements, but lower-end models have more plastic.

Seats are better-shaped and more supportive than before. Bolstering is helpful, but not excessively firm. Front passengers enjoy ample leg and knee space, though headroom for tall occupants is skimpy with the panoramic sunroof installed in Ultimate versions. Hyundai’s headrests sit at an ideal angle for comfort.

Because of the Santa Fe’s relatively long wheelbase, second-row passengers get ample legroom as well as satisfying seat comfort. Captain’s chairs are especially pleasing. Out back, the third-row bench is best for youngsters.

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