2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Easy-To-Use Touchscreen And Controls
September 3, 2013
It seems like we're often grumbling about the various touchscreen interfaces found in the newest long-term test cars. Well, I'm happy to report that, in contrast, the interface in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe actually works quite well.
First of all, Hyundai didn't try to do anything fancy with it. You won't find haptic feedback or configurable home screens here. There's just a crisp-looking 8-inch touchscreen and a collection of buttons for the audio, phone/nav and climate systems.
The main menu buttons are nice (they make it easy to switch audio sources or, say, bring up the navigation map) and the big volume and fan speed knobs fall readily to your hand without having to take your eyes off the road. Plus, the touchscreen responds quickly to your finger touches.
In a way, it reminds me of the setup Nissan has been using the past few years that features a touchscreen, menu buttons and a directional control knob. The overlapping redundancy is great.
In comparison to Nissan's design, the Santa Fe does lack the directional control knob. Having one would make radio station tuning, iPod song/artist searching and map panning easier. But overall I think Santa Fe owners are going to be pleased with this system.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,873 miles