Hyundai’s 2022 Santa Fe crossover includes top-end Calligraphy version

The five-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover received a minor restyling just last year, along with new engines and the addition of its first hybrid version.
But also arriving for 2021 was the new top-of-the-line Calligraphy gasoline-only model, which comes in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
The front-drive Calligraphy model starts at $41,410 (plus $1,295 freight), while the all-wheel-drive – which we tested for this report – begins at $43,110. 

Gasoline-only Santa Fe models are assembled at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama, while the hybrid is assembled in Ulsan, South Korea.
Regular gas models come in five trim levels for 2022, up from four the previous year, with the addition of the midlevel XRT model. Prices for the XRT are $32,750 (front drive) and $34,450 (AWD).
The base gasoline Santa Fe is the SE model ($27,700) with front-wheel drive and the new base normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With all-wheel drive, the SE begins at $29,400.
Next up is the SEL ($29,450, FWD; $31,150, AWD), followed by the XRT. As with the SE model, the SEL and XRT come with the base 2.5-liter engine.

Above the XRT is the Limited model ($39,410, FWD; $41,110, AWD).
Both the Limited and Calligraphy models come with the new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
The first three trim levels come with a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Limited and Calligraphy, with the turbo engine, get an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. 
 As for the hybrids, they come in two types: the standard hybrid, and a plug-in version, whose battery can be recharged from an external power source.

Regular hybrids start at $34.300 and range to $40,710, while the plug-in versions range from $40,000 to $46,010.
The Santa Fe’s base 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine cranks out 191 horsepower and 182 foot-pounds of torque.
Adding some serious power is the turbocharged 2.5-liter, which puts out 277 horsepower and 311 foot-pounds of torque. That compares with 235 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque in the 2.0-liter turbo that it replaced from 2020.
The hybrids have a completely different drivetrain. It includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, cranking out 178 horsepower and 195 foot-pounds of torque, coupled with a 44.2 kilowatt electric motor.
The electric motor is powered by a 270-volt lithium-ion battery pack. A six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the wheels. 
The plug-in version of the hybrid gives the Santa Fe pure-electric driving capability without having to use gasoline.
EPA fuel-economy ratings for the hybrid are 33 mpg city/30 highway/32 combined.
That compares with 25 mpg city/28 highway/26 combined for the base 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive (22/25/24 with all-wheel drive); and 22/28/25 for the 2.5-liter turbo engine with front drive (21/28/24 with AWD). 

Our AWD Calligraphy tester averaged 24.1 mpg during our test week, with about half city driving.
Exterior changes for the Santa Fe for 2021 included a new grille, front and rear bumper fascia, headlight/taillight LED designs, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, front and rear skid plates and muffler designs, and new alloy wheels.
The Calligraphy model comes with features of the Limited, along with such extras as exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted Nappa leather upholstery, full-color heads-up display, premium-finish front grille, premium door and seat accent trim, eco-suede headliner, expanded ambient lighting themes and auto up/down rear windows.

The leather seats are heated and ventilated up front, and heated in the rear. There is an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and cushion extender. 
Also standard on our vehicle were the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display; new digital key functions; remote start, with cabin temperature and heated/ventilated seat settings controls; new Remote Smart Parking Assist; new Dynamic Voice Recognition system (voice commands for temperature, radio, trunk); new wireless charging pad for devices; and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connections.
A hands-free smart liftgate is included, along with a full-color heads-up display; power/folding/heated outside mirrors with turn signals; rain-sensing wipers; and dual front and rear USB ports.
Included is Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive, with an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. There are driver-selectable Normal, Sport and Smart modes.
Hyundai says the Sport setting sends more torque to the rear wheels, for a sportier driving experience.
Ride comfort and handling improvements include a more-rigid body structure and enhanced braking system.
The new Santa Fe also comes with Hyundai’s SmartSense driver-assistance systems to help avoid collisions, using radar and ultrasonic sensors, along with cameras.

Among standard safety features are Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection; Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist; Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist; Lane Keeping and Lane Following Assist; Highway Driving Assist; Blind Spot View Monitor; Safe Exit Assist and Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert; Driver Attention Warning; Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go; Parking Distance Warning (Forward and Reverse); and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (Reverse).
There is an electronic shifter, with pushbuttons on the center console.
For interior storage of gadgets and such, there is an open bin above the glovebox door. We had a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Cargo space has been slightly increased, to 36.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat. With the rear seatback folded, that expands to 72.1 cubic feet. The cargo area storage bins under a removable folding floor.
Our Calligraphy model also came with Harman Kardon premium audio/navigation system with 10.25-inch widescreen display, wireless charging pad, a surround view monitor with backup camera, a sideview monitor system for left and right turns and lane changes; remote smart park assist, and Hyundai Blue Link connected services.
Seating is comfortable for up to five people, and there is decent knee and legroom even for rear passengers. 
The cabin is very quiet at highway speeds, thanks to more insulation and sound-absorbing materials. That includes acoustic laminated glass for the windshield and side windows.

Hyundai’s Safe Exit Assist is designed to keep rear passengers from opening the rear doors if traffic is approaching from the rear. The system stops the child safety lock on the rear doors from being deactivated by the driver if there is traffic approaching at the side of the vehicle. But the child safety lock has to have been activated in advance by the switch on the driver’s door.
The rear-seat occupant alert system is designed to remind the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle, but it goes beyond that. If after the driver exits, the system detects movement in the rear seat, it will flash the lights and sound the horn, and send a text message to the driver.
Our Calligraphy test vehicle came in the Calypso Red exterior color ($400 extra), with a beige interior.
Carpeted floor mats ($195) were the only extra on our vehicle besides the premium paint.
Total sticker price for our 2022 Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD model was $45,000, including freight and extras.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at chambers@auto-writer.com, or on Twitter @gchambers3. His driving partner Emma Jayne Williams contributed to this report.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

The package: Midsize, five-passenger, four-cylinder gasoline-powered or four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid, front- or all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicle.
Highlights: Hyundai updated the Santa Fe for 2021, and introducing new engines and its first-even hybrid version. The gasoline-only Santa Fe has a choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo for higher trim levels, and has a revised exterior appearance.
Negatives: No engine upgrade offered for lower trim levels.
Length: 188.4 inches.
Curb weight: 4,204 pounds (hybrid).
Engines: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, normally aspirated; 2.5-liter inline four, turbocharged; 1.6-liter inline four, turbocharged (hybrid only).
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic (gasoline models); six-speed automatic (hybrid only).
Power/torque: 191 HP./182 foot-pounds (base 2.5); 277 HP./311 foot-pounds (2.5 turbo); 225 HP./195 foot-pounds (combined, hybrid system).
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Electronic stability control: Standard.
Side air bags: Front seat-mounted; side-curtain, both rows.

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