2016 hyundai santa-fe-sport Model Overview
New for 2016
A hands-free power liftgate is now available on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a large two-row crossover that’s available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A larger version called the Santa Fe is also available with V-6 power and seating for up to seven passengers.
Two four-cylinder engines are available in the 2016 Santa Fe Sport, a 2.4-liter rated at 190 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 264 hp and 269 lb-ft. Both engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive at 20/27 mpg city/highway for 2.4-liter I-4 models with front-wheel drive and 19/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. Opting for the turbo-four drops those numbers down to 19/27 mpg in front-drive guise and 18/24 mpg for all-wheel-drive equipped variants. Behind the split-folding rear seats, there’s 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to a generous 71.5 cubic feet with second row down.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Santa Fe Sport also comes with a driver’s knee airbag and driver’s side blind spot mirror. Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist are standard in the Sport 2.0T and available as part of the Premium package for models with the 2.4-liter I-4.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base Santa Fe Sport include projector headlights, cloth upholstery, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, driver selectable steering modes, Bluetooth connectivity, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Popular Equipment package adds roof rack side rails, automatic headlights, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Adding the Premium package adds a power passenger seat, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/start, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist. Finally, the Tech package adds a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, navigation, Dimension premium audio, a heated steering wheel, driver’s side memory for the seats and side mirrors, heated rear seats, hands-free power liftgate, and ventilated front seats.
The higher-grade Santa Fe Sport 2.0T comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rack side rails, a hands-free power tailgate, keyless entry/start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a sliding second row, and a rearview camera. Opting for the Ultimate package adds LED taillights, rear parking sensors, navigation, a heated steering wheel, driver’s side memory for the seat and side mirrors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, and an Infinity Logic 7 premium audio system.
What We Think
Despite its name implying that it’s sporty, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is more sedate and less performance-oriented. In a 2013 First Test review, we said that the Santa Fe Sport’s optional turbo-four had flat spots in its powerband that made it feel uneven while the transmission was slow to respond to driver inputs. The interior, on the other hand, is well trimmed, with plenty of available features that were previously only available on luxury vehicles.
In a comparison test that also included the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T placed second because it’s available with plenty of available features and a cabin that stayed relatively quiet. However, when it comes to performance the Santa Fe Sport is outgunned against the Murano and Edge.
The Santa Fe Sport shares its 2.0-liter turbo-four with the Hyundai Sonata.
- Roomy interior
- Plenty of available tech features
You Won’t Like:
- Not sporty
- 2.0-liter turbo-four is not a big upgrade from the base 2.4-liter I-4
- Sluggish automatic transmission