2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Walk Around


The Santa Fe Sport is the best-looking member of Hyundai’s crossover-SUV trio. Exuding an attractive mainstream charm, the Santa Fe Sport possesses all the appropriate crossover-SUV cues, assembled in an appealing manner. Sharp edges and tight sheetmetal creases wrap around the amply-glassed body in a variety of ways. Up front, the grille presents a handsome hexagonal face, balanced by the headlights and foglamps.

Detail work includes side sills that stand out in relief, stretching up and over the rear wheel wells. Rear door handles sit well back from the wheel openings. Overall, the Sport’s shape has a modern look. Ground clearance is a middling 7.3 inches.

Interior

The cockpit has improved greatly since its last generation. Large air vents flank the controls, and big knobs operate audio volume and fan speed. Some textured plastic appears behind the steering wheel, lacking the richness of the rest of the dashboard.

With navigation installed, an eight-inch touchscreen glows beneath a matte surface. Electro-luminescent gauges are standard in turbo models. The infotainment system is capable and easy to operate.

With more interior space than a Ford Escape, the Santa Fe Sport offers good knee and leg room, adequate for tall drivers. Bottom cushions are well-bolstered, and backrests nicely shaped. In turbo models, the second-row seat reclines and slides forward/back on a track.

With rear seats raised, the Sport has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo; with seats down, the hold grows to 71.5 cubic feet. A cargo bin provides shallow, under-floor storage, only accessible when the cargo area is empty.

Cockpit isolation excels. Suspension noise has been muted, and drivetrains emit little more than a distant whir.

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