“New” is an overused word in the motor industry. But very, very occasionally, it’s not used enough.
Ostensibly the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is a facelift. According to the maker’s model codes it still belongs to the TM-generation launched in 2018 and it certainly looks the same; there’s a gleaming new dentist-dream grille at the front and other detail changes, but most of the body panels are carried over.
However, this is really a new car. The platform has changed, the powertrains are seriously upgraded and there’s a whole lot of new tech. Most of the range has also muscled up to reach a tow rating of 2500kg. So you might not need that double-cab ute to tow the boat after all.
This Hyundai certainly has heritage in NZ. Santa Fe celebrates its 20th year on sale in 2020 (precisely 21,668 new ones sold to Kiwis at last count) and it’s a consistent top seller. If you take…