Hyundai Santa Fe Tyres
Hyundai’s history with its small cars in Britain is best described as a game of two halves. Early models had little to recommend them except that they were cheap. However, the ugly ducklings went on to become swans, with them now proving among the very best cars in their market sectors.
The story is much the same with the larger Santa Fe, particularly the ‘ugly duckling’ part. The most notable aspect of the first version of this car was its ability to crack mirrors and turn milk sour – what on earth were its designers thinking?!
In contrast, the modern Santa Fe (above) is one of the best cars in Hyundai’s range. It is practical and versatile, with a seven-seat interior option and some highly-regarded diesel engines. In common with most new Hyundais, it offers a dazzling range of features as standard equipment, most of which would be an expensive optional extra on many of its rivals. It also undercuts those rivals on purchase price and beats them in terms of warranty.
In short, for those who want a 4×4 or crossover, this makes a sensible option as a family car, lacking only a fashionable badge. Its on-road stability and the sheer torque of its engines ensure that the Santa Fe is also a particular favourite of caravan owners. These days it even looks the part, too.
Throughout the fifteen years of the Santa Fe’s life to date, Hyundai has worked with various tyre suppliers. For some time now, Kumho and Hankook have been the preferred suppliers of original equipment tyres for not only the Santa Fe but also other cars in the manufacturer’s range. Kumho’s Solus range is fitted to most new Santa Fe models in Hyundai’s factories, with the Hankook Dynapro among those favoured for four-wheel-drive versions. The former is a good all-rounder, ticking boxes across the board for economy, grip and longevity. The latter, however, has earnt rave reviews in consumer tests for its sheer durability.
Tyres for 4×4 vehicles are, by definition, quite large and can therefore represent a substantial investment. Most drivers will replace worn or damaged tyres on a like-for-like basis to keep the same specification of tyre at each of the car’s wheels. It’s understandable, therefore, that Hankook and Kumho tyres are by some way etyres’ best-selling tyres for the Santa Fe.
Older versions of this car have left Hyundai’s factory fitted with Bridgestone Dueler, General Grabber and even Continental CrossContact tyres. All will suit it well. Further options to consider include Pirelli Scorpion tyres, the Marauder range from Maxxis and Michelin’s Latitude tyres.
An important consideration is that like many manufacturers, Hyundai recommends that on 4×4 vehicles all worn tyres should be changed at once. (Common sense dictates that this shouldn’t be necessary if just one tyre is damaged, rather than worn.)
This advice from Hyundai is not a money-grabbing wheeze. Rather, these cars feature a very sensitive four-wheel-drive monitoring system. Designed as a safety feature, this can detect slippage or skidding on just one wheel. Wheels with different levels of wear will have slightly differing radii, which can confuse this technology and have been known to cause damage to the car’s drive components.