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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Competes in Crossover Segment with Impressive Engine Performance

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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is an attractive package. It offers more horsepower, more cargo room, and more airbags than some of the more formidable competition, like the Honda CR-V and the Ford Edge. And while it’s a little smaller than its seven-passenger sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the interior of the Sport offers ample room and comfort, with plenty of standard features. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine in our tester was amazingly potent, though at an estimated 19 highway/27 city/22 combined miles per hour, it falls slightly short in fuel economy in comparison with other crossovers in its class. That aside, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T is great value especially if you desire space, comfort, and engine performance.

What Does it Come With?

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is powered by a four-cylinder 265-horsepower turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0T already has the necessary standard features like hill-start assist, keyless entry, a Driver Selectable Steering Mode, and a hands-free smart liftgate that activates when the key is in close proximity. The 2.0T trim adds side mirror-mounted turn-signals, automatic headlights, push-button start, 8-way power driver seat, and 4-way power front passenger. The Santa Fe Sport also features heated front seats, electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, HD Radio, rearview camera, and several driver assist systems.

How’s the Tech?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport’s 8-inch in-dash touch screen is enhanced with a series of buttons below it, with a large volume knob/power button in the center. One cannot deny the intrigue in the setup, which is intuitive and extremely simple to operate on the fly. The 8-inch screen delivers a large and bright canvas for info and some very detailed but clear-cut menus. The Infinity sound system also received an upgrade and can also tune into AM/FM/SiriusXM radio, CD or portable device connected to a USB port, aux-in jack, or Bluetooth. Unfortunately however, there is no access to streaming music options such as Pandora or Spotify.

The Blue Link telematics system provides only the basic features, although it does offer valuable ones like a fuel finder, and Google search that operates while in the car through voice. A companion Blue Link smartphone app also offers remote door lock/unlock and starting, which is rather handy indeed.

How Does it Perform?

The 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in the 2.0T produces punchy V6-like force power. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts a bit too slowly, but it most likely won’t trouble most drivers. And there’s a Shiftronic manual setting for when the driver requires more control over shifts. The ride is particularly smooth and quiet for this vehicle class range, while the Driver Selectable offers three modes of settings—Normal, Sport, and Comfort. This touch offers good variety to accommodate different driving styles.

Should I Buy It?

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport faces stiff competition in one of the best-selling volume-vehicle segments, which will be quite a challenge. The field is also growing in competition due to the recently redesigned Honda CR-V, as well as the Toyota RAV-4, the Ford Edge, and the Buick Encore. Most of these crossovers offer better fuel economy and more comprehensive tech, but the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T beats them in engine performance including space and comfort, making it definitely worth a strong look at Chapman Hyundai.

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