I`ll try to give you some input based on my feelings and experience, after 11 months of ownership of a 2.0T FWD:From 2010 SFE to 2013 SFE - Missing the V6
I'm new to this forum but I've been on the Santa Fe team since 2006.
I own a 2010 Santa Fe Sport (that is AWD 3.5 V6, just in case somebody does not know)
Recently I decided that it was time for me to upgrade to the new 2013 Santa Fe.
This last weekend I visited my Hyundai dealership and went out for a 2013 Santa Fe Sport Limited road test.
I have to say that I was, in advance, a little skeptical about the new 2.0T 4L turbo engine.
I was secretly hoping that at the very last minute Hyundai decided to add a V6 to the Sport as an option, but that never happened.
So I went for the road test with the Santy based on the 2.0T
The vehicle is amazing with a good handling and a superb design inside and out. It really looks pure luxury and not all vehicles that sell under luxury brands could compete with the Santa when it comes to looks.
I have to say the new engine does relative well but not even close to the 3.5 V6 on my 2010 SFE.
It is noisier and despite the torque kicking at such slow RPM as 1,500 the lack of initial push in comparison to the V6 is noticeable. I guess it is the infamous turbo lack.
In addition the gas mileage is pretty much the same if not worse than the 3.5 V6, so there is not gain on that aspect either. With that disappointment in mind I did a second road test this time with the Santa Fe XL.
That was a totally different experience; the 3.3V6 on that baby producing 290HP did the whole trick. That’s what I was talking about! Adding to the mix was the fact that the gas mileage is almost on par with my 3.5V6.
Now, the problem is I do not need such a big vehicle, most of the time it is just my wife and me and of course the price tag is about 4 to 5K more, getting close to the 50K for a limited version (at least here in Canada).
I’m really disappointed that Hyundai dropped off the V6 from the Santa Fe Sport. I guess following the trend of other manufacturers but it was not exactly following other manufacturer’s trends that Hyundai reached the position they currently have on the industry.
Well nothing I can do about it. I really do not want to leave the Santa Fe brand after more than 8 years with them, but I do not have an easy solution in front of me. The Santa Fe I like has (for me) the wrong engine, and the right engine is on a Santa Fe too big and too expensive for me.
I would like to have the inputs of other Santa Fe owners.
Do you have the same concerns when it comes to replacing the V6 for the 2.0T?
For those who own a 2013 Santa Fe with a 2.0T engine. How is your experience with that power train?
Looking forward for your replies.
No question that a V-6 would have more kick than a I-4 with no turbo kicking in....and that the '6' will have more get-up and go over the full RPM range...Coming from that V-6 to the 2.0T has to be a 'let-down' for you.
One of the concerns with some 2.0T owners is that the power band is not broad enough for their liking....For me however, it gives me all the punch I could want when making a high speed merge, or over-taking and passing a long line of traffic. The turbo torque seems to end around 3300-3500 RPM...given that at 60 MPH, the RPM`s are only about 1900, that leaves a lot of turbo punch left to hit 80ish, quickly.
Back in the cold months when I first got it, my combined MPG was averaging 21-23.....Now with warm weather, summer gas, and 9,000 miles on the clock, my combined MPG is 25-27...Pure highway driving now nets me 30.8....That`s figured pencil & paper, not the on board computer, which is always more optimistic.
Engine noise?....Sometimes it`s so quiet when at a red light, etc, I have to check the tach to see if it`s still running.
The tranny shifts smooth and quietly, no complaints there.
How many 2.0T did you test drive, and were they AWD or FWD?