Reader help: I have a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and I want recovery points
Recovery points on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe? It’s a fair question…
QUESTION: I have a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DM3 series SUV and would like to know if I can get some Recovery Points fitted to the front of the vehicle. I have made enquiries to Hyundai Australia (suggested I talk to the service technicians on next visit) and organisations like ARB (no response) so would appreciate any info you can provide
ANSWER: Nobody is going to make recovery points for the Santa Fe because there is so little demand and the engineering is not easy as the chassis rails are not readily accessible. No amount of lobbying the likes of ARB or Hyundai will change that, so your only option is a custom design and that will start to get into the sort of cost that doesn’t make sense, so you’d be better off changing your vehicle.
However, all is not lost. First, the rear is easily sorted out. Just use a towhitch and recover off that, but NEVER use the towball itself.
More on strap use here, including use of recovery hitches -> How to Use a Snatch Strap.
The front can’t really be solved, but can be worked around. The only option you’ve got is a screw-in pin which is not designed for any form of recovery, so I wouldn’t ever snatch off it. It will take a small load, but it’s at your peril. If you did load it, doing so with a handwinch would be a better idea than the shock load of a snatch strap.
You can also avoid the situation entirely to some degree by carrying traction ramps like Maxtrax, and an airjack to go under the car. Often using these tools you can avoid the need for any pulling from the front.
I do have to advise you to look at cars more capable than the Santa Fe if you are at the stage where you’re wanting to add recovery points. But that said, the Santa Fe doesn’t have to stick to bitumen roads.
Here’s a gallery of images from a long-term test with a previous model Santa Fe. Click any image for a slideshow to prove that yes, Hyundais are capable of departing the beaten path!