As before, the Santa Fe rides on a specially UK-tuned MacPherson strut front end and a multilink rear suspension, but delve a little deeper and there are some interesting details. There's self-levelling suspension as standard on seven-seaters, a FLEX STEER System that delivers normal, sport and comfort steering modes, plus the 4WD system all UK models have to have is interesting. As expected, it's front wheel drive most of the time, but when sensors detect slippage, up to 50% of drive can be diverted to the rear wheels. Those who expect a little more of their 4x4s will like the fact that in especially slippery conditions, such as muddy off-roading or driving on snow or ice, four-wheel-drive can be selected with the push of the 'lock' button, delivering a 50/50 power split at speeds up to 25mph. There's also an economy-oriented front-wheel drive car offered.
There's not much change under the bonnet. As previously, the UK gets only the 2.2-litre CRDi desel version, with 200PS and a healthy 440Nm of torque. Customers get to choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed auto gearbox, both fitted with an extra tall cruising gear for economy. The automatic is innovative as it's fitted with a flat torque converter and its space-efficient layout means it's the most compact six-speed unit currently built, weighing 12kg less than a conventional automatic.