2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in just three generations is goofy, good-looking to go from also-ran to true compact crossover candidate. For the all-new 2014 model, the Santa Fe gets a new name, new engine and more standard and available features. Hyundai has transformed its volume crossover in a two – vehicle line: the short wheel base 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe sport, we just tested, and the long wheelbase Santa Fe, which replaces the outgoing Veracruz. Although it is the vehicle with the new name, the Santa Fe Sport rides on the same wheelbase length than the previous model. It is half an inch longer, nearly half an inch narrower and is 1.8 inches lower. The Sport also gets the new engine. Replace last year’s top line 3.5-liter V-6 is a version of Hyundai’s 2.0 -liter turbo four with 264 horsepower on tap. (If you want six-cylinder, you have to wait for the big boys, three-row Santa Fe.) The naturally aspirated 190- hp, 2.4 – liter four-cylinder is the carry- mill, but it’s been updated with direct injection and delivers more power than before . Both are backed by a six -speed automatic transmission with different gear ratios. We had the chance to drive recently, and test both flavors of Santa Fe Sport: a 2.0T four-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter – powered front airbags for the driver.
But with the 2.0T we tested performance does not tell the whole story. On the track, it felt quick off the line and throttle response was excellent from a stop. On the road, but there were noticeable flat spots in the acceleration curve, the power made feel extremely uneven. In addition, (at least in the vehicle that we tested), it felt as if the transmission programming were not quite in line with the engine performance. On winding roads, we want to accelerate out of a turn, but would have to wait – or mash the throttle – for transmission to downshift. This would be an excellent choice premium engine with some tweaks to the transfer and may be the turbocharger of 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport