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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite review
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite review

After getting the chance to sample the entry-level Hyundai Santa Fe Active last week it was nice to check out the mid-spec Elite version of the Hyundai Santa Fe, despite the fact the underpinnings of both vehicles are identical.

Priced from $46,490, the Santa Fe Elite offers an attractive list of extra luxuries and features and is surprisingly good value when compared to the Active.

As covered in the Active review (you can check that review out here) the diesel range starts at $39,990, if you want an auto transmission then that price jumps to $42,490.

The Elite however is offered only with the combo of diesel engine and automatic transmission and priced at $46,490 it stacks up really well.

If you opt for the Elite you pick up;

  • Leather interior
  • 18”alloys (Active gets 17”)
  • Push button ignition
  • Large colour display screen
  • Attractive colour driver info screen
  • 10 speaker stereo with sub-woofer (Active has just six speakers)
  • Satellite navigation
  • Electric driver’s seat
  • Electric park brake
  • Folding/heated wing mirrors
  • Electric anti-glare rear view mirror with digital compass.

To me those features are more than worth the additional $4000 and this makes the Elite, in my opinion, really good value.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite

Engine: 2.2 litre turbo diesel delivering 145kW and 436Nm

Transmission: Six speed auto

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $46,490

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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