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Old 08-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all - new here.

Hope I didn't miss a previous post as I scanned through the forum, but am wondering what Hyundai's recommended Octane is for the 2.0 Turbo? I read initial reports, and believe that the New York Auto Show unveiling touted it as running on 'Regular 87 Octane' gasoline.

I am hoping this is the case, as I am chomping at the bit to get into one of these if the test drive proves smoother than the Kia Sorento I recently tested (which is a beautiful vehicle until you put it into 'Drive'.... and discover that you feel every bump in the road and all of your fillings fall out of your teeth).

I have posted this question to Hyundai Customer Service as well... but not sure they will respond anytime soon.

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Just brought one home from the dealer tonight and it does run on 87 octane. Dealer said premium is not necessary.
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Just brought one home from the dealer tonight and it does run on 87 octane. Dealer said premium is not necessary.
Awesome! Can you do me a favor and check the 'specifications' in the manual? I'd like to know for sure that the manufacturer recommends 87 Octane.

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Where did you take delivery of this unit?
How do you rate the 'smoothness' of the ride?
Can you describe the power of the turbo? Was it quite smooth kicking in? Any lag? Was it constantly revving or would you say the powertrain was pretty well-behaved?
What color?
AWD or FWD?

Love to hear your overall impressions of the vehicle.

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Love to hear your overall impressions of the vehicle.
Me too.
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Awesome! Can you do me a favor and check the 'specifications' in the manual? I'd like to know for sure that the manufacturer recommends 87 Octane.

Also:

Where did you take delivery of this unit?
How do you rate the 'smoothness' of the ride?
Can you describe the power of the turbo? Was it quite smooth kicking in? Any lag? Was it constantly revving or would you say the powertrain was pretty well-behaved?
What color?
AWD or FWD?

Love to hear your overall impressions of the vehicle.
Hi there, this is Jacquie (nonijuju's wife). I checked our manual for you and it does say it recommends 87 octane. However, this manual is for a Santa Fe Sport and it doesn't specifically mention turbo. However, I feel if Turbo needed something different, it would probably say there. Also, before we bought, I called Hyundai customer service, they said regular gas, Dealer said regular gas, and there is no sign on the gas cap that you should only use premium. I feel pretty safe using regular gas.

For your other questions:
1. We bought in Alexandria, VA right outside of Washington, DC
2. Smoothness could probably be better as far as hitting bumps and feeling them. It is not the smoothest ride but not the bumpiest either. It is fine for me.
3. Power of the turbo - It is pretty powerful, nice get-up and go, and no turbo lag that I can feel. I was actually hesistant to go turbo because my husband (nonijuju) drives a GTI and for me, I really feel the turbo lag on that car. This car is much smoother to me as far as acceleration. It does NOT constantly rev at all, not even close. Very smooth as far as acceleration.
4. White pearl exterior - saddle interior. We loved this combination and have been looking for a Tucson for weeks in this combo and never found it.
5. FWD, where we live, we really don't have a need for AWD and our next purchase is a Subaru for my husband so if we need AWD, we'll use the Subie.


I hope this helps. Best of luck if you're shopping.
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5. FWD, where we live, we really don't have a need for AWD and our next purchase is a Subaru for my husband so if we need AWD, we'll use the Subie.
I came to the Santa Fe, 2011 model, from a 2006 Subaru Outback - the Santa Fe is more like an old-school Subaru than the current Subaru Outback - so make sure you evaluate test drives thoroughly so you don't buy a Subaru but wish you'd bought a Santa Fe Turbo !!
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Hi there, this is Jacquie (nonijuju's wife). I checked our manual for you and it does say it recommends 87 octane. However, this manual is for a Santa Fe Sport and it doesn't specifically mention turbo. However, I feel if Turbo needed something different, it would probably say there. Also, before we bought, I called Hyundai customer service, they said regular gas, Dealer said regular gas, and there is no sign on the gas cap that you should only use premium. I feel pretty safe using regular gas.

For your other questions:
1. We bought in Alexandria, VA right outside of Washington, DC
2. Smoothness could probably be better as far as hitting bumps and feeling them. It is not the smoothest ride but not the bumpiest either. It is fine for me.
3. Power of the turbo - It is pretty powerful, nice get-up and go, and no turbo lag that I can feel. I was actually hesistant to go turbo because my husband (nonijuju) drives a GTI and for me, I really feel the turbo lag on that car. This car is much smoother to me as far as acceleration. It does NOT constantly rev at all, not even close. Very smooth as far as acceleration.
4. White pearl exterior - saddle interior. We loved this combination and have been looking for a Tucson for weeks in this combo and never found it.
5. FWD, where we live, we really don't have a need for AWD and our next purchase is a Subaru for my husband so if we need AWD, we'll use the Subie.


I hope this helps. Best of luck if you're shopping.
Thanks for the info.
One other question,
How do you like the front seats? I think you got the leather package?
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I came to the Santa Fe, 2011 model, from a 2006 Subaru Outback - the Santa Fe is more like an old-school Subaru than the current Subaru Outback - so make sure you evaluate test drives thoroughly so you don't buy a Subaru but wish you'd bought a Santa Fe Turbo !!
Well we are going to have one of each actually. I'm driving the Santa Fe Sport, bought it last night, and my husband will probably end up with a Subaru in the next year. He is a Subaru guy.
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Thanks for the info.
One other question,
How do you like the front seats? I think you got the leather package?
I love the front seats. The cabin altogether is very very comfortable. I did get the leather and I absolutely love it. The Santa Fe seems to have an overall better quality leather than the Tucson from what I remember the Tucson having when I looked at that. I got the saddle color which I believe is only available with a Turbo model and I love it.
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Congratulations. You have a beautiful vehicle with an incredible number of tech and safety features. Regular unleaded suffices. If you do not mind, would be interseted in the added items tha were attached to the sale, like mats, cargo tray, mudflaps, etc. Also were you able to negotiate significantly from the MRSP?
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