2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Blue Link
May 28, 2014
We're nearly through a year with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and we've just realized we missed an important aspect of this car's functionality: Blue Link.
Overall, we've been happy with the infotainment system in the Santa Fe. It's easy to use and looks sharp. But much like Jerry's dad with the tip calculator, Blue Link can do a whole lot more...
Blue Link is broken up into three packages. The first, Assurance, is free for the first year of ownership and has automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, a monthly vehicle health report, maintenance alerts with automatic problem alerts and a recall advisor.
Stepping up to the Remote Package costs $99 per year and includes remote door lock/unlock, vehicle start, horns and lights; car finder (for parking lots); stolen vehicle recovery (Hyundai says they've recovered 180 stolen vehicles so far for a 100% success rate); stolen vehicle slow down and immobilization (for use by law enforcement); curfew and boundary alert; and a speed alert. Good luck, teens trying to sneak out to have fun.
The final package is also $99/year (on top of the mandatory Remote Package) and is the guidance package. It includes turn-by-turn navigation, Google-powered destination search and POI Web search.
We got everything.
We've only got a couple of months left with the Santa Fe, so expect a blitz of Blue Link posts as we dig in to see how these features really work.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor