The Santa Fe XRT AWD is a Different Breed

The Santa Fe XRT AWD is a Different Breed

Hyundai’s redesign of the Santa Fe XRT AWD is a remarkable accomplishment as a vehicle with plenty of room, top-flight tech, and customer-friendly pricing. A rugged-looking exterior only increases the appeal of this sporty SUV.

Room for More in the Santa Fe XRT

The Hyundai Santa Fe XRT AWD’s spacious interior always leaves you with the impression there’s always room for more – room for more passengers, more cargo, and more fun! It will comfortably accommodate up to five adult passengers. There’s also 36.4 cubic feet of storage, which doubles to more than 72 cubes thanks to dual under-the-floor storage nooks in the cargo area.

It’s a roomy ride that won’t require passengers to squeeze in or sacrifice when it comes to packing baggage. Packing/unpacking is made easier and more convenient thanks to a manual liftgate (standard) and a hands-free power liftgate. Black cloth interior seats are very supportive, and the driver’s seat features an adjustable lumbar feature.

Made for Comfort, Redesigned for Convenience

Roominess isn’t the only good news about the redesigned Santa Fe XRT AWD. There are plenty of convenient cubbies and slots for keeping track of small items. You’ll find wireless charging easy to access, heated front seats, easy-to-reach button controls on the center stack, and clear visual elements on the instrument panel.

There’s also a user-friendly 8-inch touchscreen and well-labeled climate controls. If you prefer a more prominent touchscreen, you’ll find a generously sized 10-inch screen available with the higher-end trims. If you prefer the convenience of a push-button transmission, the Santa Fe XRT AWD is for you.

Around Town and Off-Road in Your Santa Fe XRT

This Hyundai SUV’s AWD’s 2.5-liter I-4 engine may not be the most energetic in the SUV class (it generates 191 hp), but it’s plenty for around-town driving and weaving in and out of congested highway traffic. Don’t forget this is an all-wheel-drive, a vehicle built for the occasional foray into nature. Its 8-speed transmission with Shiftronic technology makes for smooth, even shifts.

The SEL version is a step up from the SE, though if you’re in the market for something with enough oomph to hit the trails and hills, the Limited and Calligraphy trims give you a turbo engine that will reach approximately 280 hp. Mileage is quite acceptable, with the base model delivering 22 MPG city and 25 on the highways.

The base price for the Santa Fe XRT AWD is just over $35,000. The SEL trim is priced at an even more manageable $30,225, while the top-end trim, the Calligraphy, comes in at just under $44,000 with all-wheel drive (there’s also a front-wheel-drive version that’s priced at $40,185).

A Rare Breed

The SUV is one of the very few vehicles that can deliver features with appeal for both commonplace, everyday drivers and those who prefer sportier action. The Santa Fe XRT AWD is indeed, a rare breed, one of the very few vehicles capable of giving a broad range of SUV fans what they want at a price point considerably lower than other crossovers.

If you’re still on the fence concerning the price, the Santa Fe XRT AWD comes with a typically generous Hyundai warranty. The automaker’s standard is a 10-year, 10,000-mile powertrain warranty. There’s also a 3-year, 30,000-mile free maintenance warranty, and a 5-year, 50,000-mile roadside assistance package.

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