Mid-size SUV or crossover from Hyundai is due for a facelift; who can tell the difference any longer? Given that the most recent generation Santa Fe has just been on the market for three years, don’t anticipate any significant exterior updates; instead, expect a few little improvements here and there, such as redesigned bumpers, headlights, taillights, and turn signal-integrated mirrors.
However, according to our sources, Hyundai will upgrade the interior with new trim options and add a few toys to the vehicle’s equipment list. Our spy photographers were unable to picture the interior of the prototype.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-size SUV that was available with either a 2.4L I4 engine or a 3.5L V6 engine. It had a 6-speed automatic transmission and was available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Santa Fe had a spacious and comfortable interior, with seating for up to five people and a cargo volume of 35.4 ft³ behind the second row or 71.5 ft³ with the second row folded down. It had a solid build quality and a good reputation for reliability. Some of the available features on the 2010 Santa Fe included a sunroof, a DVD player, and a premium audio system. Overall, the 2010 Santa Fe was a solid choice in the mid-size SUV segment.
The updated Santa Fe will benefit from the introduction of at least two new powertrain options, including the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Theta II gasoline engine that delivers 175HP at 6,000 rpm and 168lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Hyundai has given more attention to the underside of the vehicle. It has already been announced that the second-generation Theta engine, which may be paired with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission, will be sold in the United States. Only the 2.7-liter V6 and the 3.3-liter V6 engines were previously available for the Santa Fe in the United States.
Specifications 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Here are the specifications for the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV:
- Engine: 2.4L I4 or 3.5L V6
- Horsepower: 175 hp (2.4L I4) or 276 hp (3.5L V6)
- Torque: 169 lb-ft (2.4L I4) or 248 lb-ft (3.5L V6)
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
- Suspension: front independent MacPherson strut, rear independent multi-link
- Brakes: front ventilated discs, rear solid discs
- Tires: P225/65R17 (2.4L I4) or P235/65R17 (3.5L V6)
- Fuel economy (EPA estimated): 20-22 mpg city, 27-29 mpg highway (2.4L I4); 18-19 mpg city, 25-26 mpg highway (3.5L V6)
- Cargo volume: 35.4 ft³ (behind 2nd row), 71.5 ft³ (behind 1st row)
- Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs (2.4L I4), 3,500 lbs (3.5L V6)
The 2010 Santa Fe facelift will also be offered with Hyundai’s recently created 2.2-liter 4-cylinder “R” diesel engine, which produces 197HP and 435Nm or 320.1 lbs/ft of torque, in Europe, Korea, and other international markets.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine from the Korean manufacturer, which produces 277HP and 335 Nm or 247 lbs/ft of torque, will replace Hyundai’s current 242HP 3.3-liter V6 in the USA, according to Carscoop’s sources, though this has not been formally confirmed.
Pros and Cons 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Pros of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV include:
- Good fuel economy for an SUV, especially the 2.4L I4 engine
- Spacious and comfortable interior, especially in the higher trims
- Solid build quality and reliability
- Good value for the price
- Available all-wheel drive option
Cons of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV include:
- Some reviewers found the ride to be a bit rough
- Not as much power as some other SUVs in its class, especially the 3.5L V6 which can feel a bit underpowered
- Some interior materials may not feel as high-quality as those in more premium SUVs
- No third row seating option
- Handling may not be as agile as some other SUVs on the market
FAQ : 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Here are some common questions and answers about the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV:
Q: Is the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV reliable?
A: Overall, the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has a good reputation for reliability. It has a fairly low number of reported problems, especially when compared to other SUVs in its class.
Q: How many seats does the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe have?
A: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has five seats. It does not have a third row option.
Q: Is the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV good on gas?
A: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has good fuel economy for an SUV. The 2.4L I4 engine gets an EPA-estimated 20-22 mpg city and 27-29 mpg highway, while the 3.5L V6 gets 18-19 mpg city and 25-26 mpg highway.
Q: Does the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe have a sunroof?
A: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe may have a sunroof, depending on the specific trim level and options package. Some models may have a panoramic sunroof, while others may have a smaller, traditional sunroof. It is best to check the specific features of the model you are interested in to see if it has a sunroof.
Q: Does the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe have a DVD player?
A: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe may have a DVD player, depending on the specific trim level and options package. Some models may have a built-in DVD player, while others may not. It is best to check the specific features of the model you are interested in to see if it has a DVD player.
The 2010 Santa Fe is anticipated to make its world premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with the first vehicles arriving in Hyundai dealerships on both sides of the Atlantic shortly after.