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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018

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22 MOTORING FIND YOUR NEXT CAR ON NTNE01Z01MO - V1 06 MOTORING FIND YOUR NEXT CAR ON ADVE01Z01MO - V1 With seven seats, long warranty,comfortable cabin and decentreliability, its little wonder theHyundai Santa Fe is one ofAustralias favourite large SUVs. With an updated model just weeks away, we should see more current generation (2013-18) Santa Fes joining the hundreds already in the classifieds as owners look to upgrade. Time to snaffle a used one? Seven-seaters are never going to be cheap but the big Hyundai certainly looks a value proposition, especially if you can find one with some of its five-year/ unlimited kilometre warranty remaining. All are 4WDs except for the later special edition and Active X grades. Youll find diesels overwhelm petrol versions in the used listings, while manuals are hens-teeth rare. Good news: owners are typically very happy with their Santa Fes. Praise is heaped on the 2.2litre diesel, spacious cabin, stylish looks, luxury in the top grades and 2000kg towing capacity. They also drive very well for two-tonne beasts, remaining quiet and comfy through town and on highways thanks to an Australiaspecific chassis tune. Diesels are economical on long trips and potent enough to handle a group of seven while towing something behind. At its late-2012 launch, the sharply designed Santa Fe came in Active, Elite and rangetopping Highlander trim. All came with alloy wheels, seven airbags (but none for the third row), rear view camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth, cruise control and rear air con. Seven seats were standard with the third row able to fold flat, the second row to slide and recline. Mid-spec Elites added leather trim, smart key, electric drivers seat, electric park brake, seven-inch touchscreen, satnav, premium sound system and chilled glove box. The Highlanders electric seating was heated for the front and second rows. It added panoramic glass sunroof, 19-inch alloys and fancier lighting. A 2.4-litre petrol engine was available only in the Active model; the rest used the more economical diesel with a six-speed auto gearbox. In September 2014 the Santa Fe was tweaked As owners upgrade, pick up a seven-seat all-rounder IAIN CURRY with a darker chrome grille, daytime running lights and front park sensors. Elites and Highlanders scored hands-free power tailgates and the latter added lane departure warning and the ability to park itself. Santa Fe Series II brought big changes in November 2015. New bumpers, lights, alloys and grille made the exterior more appealing and cabins gained new instruments and trim and seven-inch (Active) or eight-inch touchscreens. Actives added voice activation and much improved infotainment, Elites got improved audio and Highlanders added a decent active safety suite including autonomous emergency braking and smart cruise control. The diesel had slightly more power and torque plus improved economy. The petrol engine, tweaked for better driveability, lost power and was slightly thirstier. Desirable Apple CarPlay arrived in January 2016 but only for base Active models with seven-inch screens. Fancy a bit more flair? In June 2015 an SR model launched with Brembo brakes, sports body kit, 19-inch OZ Racing wheels and sports suspension. Based on the diesel Highlander, it wasnt cheap at $60k but for a seven-seat SUV the SR looked tough as nails. In September 2016, Hyundai marked 30 years in Australia with 300 examples of the 30 special edition, using a new 199kW/318Nm 3.3-litre V6. These Active-based specials had stunning Mineral Blue paint, 19-inch alloys and leather cabins. The V6 reappeared in March last year in the Active X, the first front-drive Santa Fe. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Owners report good things about the Santa Fe but most will have had any faults fixed at no cost due to Hyundais long warranty. There are a few reports of transmission, transfer case and differential failures, plus infotainment screen and Bluetooth gremlins, so target Santa Fes with some warranty intact. Check underneath for oil leaks or significant bashes that suggest a Santa Fe has been used on challenging off-road trips (the vast majority wont). Walk away if so, there are plenty of others for sale. Listen for whines or howls from differentials when driving, plus any clunks, groans or hesitation from the gearbox. Touchscreens may be slow, flicker or not work at all but many can be fixed with a simple Hyundai update. Also check that electronic handbrakes (where fitted) dont stick on, seat supports arent wobbly and that plastics in the door are secure some owners report failings here. A steering column recall fix was announced a few weeks ago for June-December 2017 Santa For the third-generation Santa Fe, Hyundai introduced a larger, lighter, more aerodynamic body, with locally tuned suspension and mildly reworked engines and transmissions. With the entirely new model due within weeks, the current Santa Fe DM series is likely to finish with more than 40,000 sales here. The best tally was last year with nearly 8000. Most examples in the used listings are all-wheel drive and diesel, virtually all automatics. Highlander and Active account for just over one-third each. The base Active from 2012 with 2.4-litre petrol and all-wheel drive ($36,990 new) is valued at $21,000. The flagship Highlander, with diesel, auto and AWD ($49,990 new) is holding its value at $29,300. For 2017, the entry-level Active X V6 front-driver ($40,990 new), is now $38,750 and the Highlander ($57,090 new) is $49,650. Mazdas CX-9 and the Toyota Kluger are direct rivals, with buyers also likely to cross-shop the Holden Captiva and Toyota Prado. The diesel option plus off and on-road ability put the Santa Fe ahead of each of these for resale value in 2012. Only the Prado outperforms it in later years. TAKE THE SANTA FE TRAIL U S E D C A R THE EXPERTS SAY Fes. Last year there were recalls for a bonnet latch cable (August) and possible debris contaminants in diesels (June). IAIN SAYS hhhhj Brilliant seven-seat all-rounder with grace and space. The diesel is the one to aim for and prioritise the Elite and Highlander for luxury kit. Mechanical problems are few but you still should look for remaining warranty. At least have an expert mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection. OWNER SAYS MICHAEL MURRAY: Our 2016 Highlander has done just over 38,000km, returning mid6L/100km on the open road and about 10L in the metro area. Its reliable, it uses no oil and tows a box trailer with ease but its size means its a bit floaty on corners. The audio is good, the luxury items exceptional and the safety gear incredible, though boot space can be limited with seven occupants and the interior trim shows up marks. The full-size spare underneath is great for country driving. The low-beam lights are great, less so the high-beams. The warranty is great but I find I need to scrutinise carefully whats done at the dealership. TELL US ABOUT YOUR MITSUBISHI LANCER. WRITE TO CARS@NEWS.COM.AU OR MOTORING, PO BOX 4245, SYDNEY, 2010 PRICE NEW $36,990-$57,090 SAFETY 5 stars ENGINES 2.4-litre 4-cyl, 141kW/242Nm or 138kW/241Nm; 2.2-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 145kW/421Nm (436Nm) or 147kW/440Nm; 3.3-litre V6, 199kW/318Nm TRANSMISSIONS 6-speed man, auto; FWD/4WD THIRST 6.3L-9.6L/100km TOWING 2500kg (auto 2000kg) HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2013-18 I I ~ I

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