BY | March 20, 2013

The competition is this segment is going to intensify with three impressive cars vying for the same space. The three cars are among the best in their class and there is no gainsaying the fact that consumers will enjoy the competition. Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 vs 2013 Audi Q5 and BMW X3 price and features comparison makes interesting reading

Hyundai’s 2013 Santa Fe has been unveiled at the New York Auto Show that is going on at the moment. Two new variants of Santa Fe, the Sport and the LWB have been offered by Hyundai.

LWB means Long Wheel Base and is a seven seater as compared to the Sport, which is a five seater. The recent version will be called just Santa Fe.

There is a difference of 100 mm in the wheelbase of the two variants. The Sport has a wheel base of 2700 mm and Santa Fe has a wheel base of 2800 mm. there is a difference in the length of the two variants too. Older version is 4690 mm long and Santa Fe is 4905 mm long.

There are some stark additions to the 2013 Santa Fe. One such addition that will capture the attention of an onlooker is the fluidic design language. It is sharp, intelligent and meaningful.

There is an upgrade in the interiors too and the look is more refined and meant for the upmarket. The manufacturer has managed to squeeze in more features to create a difference in the five seater and the seven seater. You will notice these changes in the front and rear design of the vehicle.

Hyundai has limited Santa Fe to the US market as of now and due to this, petrol engines are something that the maker is offering to its consumers.

As far as our very own India is concerned, we will have diesel engine as we love diesel vehicles. They are pocket-friendly and fit for Indian conditions.

Early in 2014, the Indian roads will witness Santa Fe in the LWB version and it will be brought in through the CKD route.

The car will boast of the new 2.2-litre R diesel engine. The aluminum engine will have a variable geometry turbocharger. A 200 PS of peak power will be generated by this engine and the torque will be 431 Nm. This mechanism will enable you to go from 0 to 100km per hour in just 9.4 seconds. Here we are talking about the two-wheel drive manual transmission. Four-wheel drive variant will also be available. The maker also plans to offer manual and automatic transmission on the 2013 Santa Fe in India.

What’s more, Santa Fe will also feature the Flex Steer system, which according to us is a flexible steering system, and as the name suggests, it will enable you to produce three settings, ranging from normal, sport and comfort. These settings are made to match the requirement of the driver.

Features like ABS, ESP, DBC or the downhill brake system, VSM or the vehicle stability management, plus hill holding and hill assist control are being offered in Santa Fe. A lot in store for hill lovers it seems.

The big news is that the Santa Fe will possibly give a competition to Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. Something really big and happening is coming your way car lovers. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a thrilling drive.

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