HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI SANTA FE DIESEL ESTATE 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 5dr 4WD Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2191 g/km

Hyundai's Santa Fe has come a long way from the times when it was a budget brand SUV pick. These days, this model is the flagship of the Hyundai range, offering seven seats and European brand standards of technology and quality. This improved version of the fourth generation model ditches diesel in favour of electrified power powerplants. And it might well surprise you.

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Ten Second Review

Hyundai's Santa Fe has come a long way from the times when it was a budget brand SUV pick. These days, this model is the flagship of the Hyundai range, offering seven seats and European brand standards of technology and quality. This improved version of the fourth generation model ditches diesel in favour of electrified power powerplants. And it might well surprise you.

Background

Look at a car like this, Hyundai's improved MK4 model Santa Fe SUV, and you get some idea of just how far this South Korean brand has come in recent years. This, after all, is the kind of quality product that has driven the improvements in its recent fortunes. The Santa Fe has had a big role to play here. Looking back, it was the launch of the MK2 version of this car in 2006 that really put Hyundai on the map. Not only was it beautifully built - it also had beautiful market positioning, this the first relatively affordable SUV to blur the boundaries between the mid-sized class and the large Crossover segment better suited to bigger families. Santa Fe buyers paid compact sector prices but got the kind of 7-seat capacity they'd previously needed a much larger SUV for. No wonder this car became such a strong seller for the UK importers. This time round, its smartened up its act, but the basic proposition remains much the same.

Driving Experience

How an SUV drives is usually pretty far down the priority list after how it looks, what it costs and how much room there is inside. We used to take it as read that an SUV would be about as sharp as a serving of refried beans to drive but in recent years, we've seen the pendulum swing back the other way with 'sporty' 4x4s that cornered better but at the expense of decidedly brittle ride quality. There has to be a happy medium between these two extremes and Hyundai claims that this car rather neatly strikes it. To help with that objective, this fourth generation model was originally launched with an all-new platform, stiffer and more sophisticated than before, which helps to keep body roll in check. That's not enough to make the Santa Fe a particularly engaging drive though. With this updated model, the big news is that Hyundai has at last summoned up the courage to be able to ditch diesel. In place of the previous 2.2-litre CRDi unit, there's a choice of two petrol powerplants both based around a 1.6 T-GDi petrol powerplant starting point. Either a 245PS full hybrid unit offered with either 2DW or 4WD. Or a 265PS Plug-in version, which only comes with 4WD and can go up to 36 miles between charges. Either way, you get a 6-speed auto gearbox. The 4WD system in question is Hyundai's 'HTRAC' set-up, which apportions torque in varying quantities between the axles depending on the traction available, at the same time as braking individual wheels in search of better grip.

Design and Build

The latest Santa Fe isn't quite the sort of car that will have pedestrians bumbling slack-jawed into pavement furniture but it's undoubtedly a good looking thing. It has that inherent rightness to its proportioning that'll make it tricky not to throw a glance over your shoulder when you lock it and walk away. Most importantly, choose an upscale version and it looks - and there's not really a better word for it - expensive. That's exactly the desired result, as Hyundai is trying to push the Santa Fe upmarket. For this revised model, a number of exterior and interior enhancements have been introduced including a redesigned front end with a new cascading grille, T shaped headlamps and a sculpted front bumper. Rear design changes include new connected tail lamps, full length lower reflector and a redesigned bumper. And inside? Well cabin updates include a redesigned dashboard with a standard 10.25-inch infotainment system and optional 12.3-inch supervision instrument cluster screen. Interior space has been increased all around, width by +10mm, length by +15mm and height by +5mm. At the back, this revised Santa Fe boasts an increase of 34mm of 2nd row legroom over the previous model, giving this improved model an overall best in class 2nd row legroom of 1060mm. This enhanced Santa Fe also continues with a standard 7 seat interior - many D segment competitors only offer 5 seat configurations. As before, there isn't a huge amount of space in the third row (don't think of this as an alternative to a big MPV). Nevertheless, adults will be OK there provided the journey isn't too long and second row occupants can slide the mid bench forward a little. Luggage capacity across the range is 571-litres (seats up) and 1649-litres (seats down).

Market and Model

Prices start from around £40,000 for the T-GDi variants; you'll need £46,000-£50,000 for the Plug-in model. Either way, two trim levels are available offering customers the choice of high levels of standard equipment often only seen on more premium models in the segment. Priced from just over £40,000, the Santa Fe 'Premium' 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 6 speed automatic 2WD offers customers 17-inch alloy wheels, electrically operated and heated body coloured door mirrors and handles, full LED headlamps, tail lamps and positioning lamps, privacy glass and roof rails. Interior equipment includes electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats, 2nd row one touch folding seats, luggage compartment heated front and rear seats, dual zone climate control air conditioning, and heated steering wheel. Convenience and connected equipment includes adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, smart key with keyless entry and start/stop button, smart electric tailgate with hands free operation, rear parking system with rear camera and guidance system, a KRELL premium sound system with subscription free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluelink connected media services. The Santa Fe 'Ultimate' 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 6 speed automatic 2WD is available from around £44,000 and adds a surround view monitor parking system with parking collision avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, a 12.3-inch full TFT drivers instrument cluster, a head up display, a blind spot view monitor and highway drive assist. Customers also have the choice of specifying the Luxury Pack which includes Nappa leather interior trim, suede headliner, brushed aluminium centre console accents and a faux leather wrapped dashboard.

Cost of Ownership

If you're worrying that the switch away from diesel might have made this Santa Fe pricey to run, your fears might be put at ease by a glance at the WLTP-rated stats. In 2WD form, the 1.6 T-GDi model manages up to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 145g/km of CO2. For the 4WD version of this Hybrid model, the stats are up to 40.4mpg and up to 159g/km. For the Plug-in Hybrid variant, the stats are 173.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 37g/km of CO2 as we mentioned earlier, this PHEV variant is capable of going up to 36 miles between charges, which will each take about four hours. What else might you need to know? As ever with Hyundai, a strong buying incentive is the five year unlimited mileage warranty that comes as standard. It's backed up by breakdown cover that last the same length of time and free annual vehicle health checks over this duration. True, rival brand Kia claims to better this package by offering a similar seven year deal, but there, you're limited to 100,000 miles. As for servicing, well your Santa Fe will need a garage visit once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. If you want to budget ahead for routine maintenance, there are various 'Hyundai Sense' packages that offer fixed-price servicing over two, three or five-year periods. You can pay for your plan monthly and add MoTs into the three or five year plans for an extra fee.

Summary

The Hyundai Santa Fe has improved and improved fast. This fourth generation model's predecessor was a really solid vehicle that now looks a great used buy, but this one has stepped it up more convincingly than many thought possible, especially in this revised form. It looks classy, it's really well built and it's cleverly thought through inside. As a result, it's almost impossible to dislike, even if SUVs really aren't your thing. Come to think of it, this Korean contender is probably a very good choice for someone who's never even really considered an SUV before. It's not showy or offensive, instead marrying all the best bits of models of this kind, namely their space, versatility and ease of ownership, with the refreshing lack of drama of a normal big family car. If you've got a family, have room in your life for just a single car and need one that'll discreetly go the distance without a hiccup, then it's well worth trying one of these. Do that and who knows. You might once again start to believe in Santa.

  • Rain sensor
  • Privacy glass
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Variable front intermittent wipers
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch/anti trap
  • Automatic windscreen wiper control
  • Automatic defog system
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Traction control

  • Self levelling suspension
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Smartphone connectivity

  • Driver alert system
  • Drive mode selector
  • Park assist with rear view camera
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Around View Monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Front parking sensor
  • Blind spot assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rear parking sensor

  • Fully electric and hands free tailgate + keyless entry and start

  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • 8" touch screen sat nav with TMC
  • Head up Display
  • Trip computer

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Heated/electric door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass

  • Faux leather wrapped dashboard

  • Rear USB port
  • Premium audio system with 10 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

  • Roof rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric panoramic sunroof
  • Chrome door handles

  • LED brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • LED Headlights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Puddle lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Dynamic cornering light
  • LED rear fog light
  • Positioning Lights - LED

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Bottle holders
  • Front armrest/storage
  • Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Rear armrest with cupholder
  • Leather gear knob
  • Retractable load area cover
  • Luggage net
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front cupholders
  • Underfloor storage system in load area
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Luggage hooks
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Grab handles
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • 12V power points in front + rear centre consoles
  • Faux leather door trim
  • Manual rear door side blinds
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel

  • Front/rear interior lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front map reading lights

  • Trailer wiring pack - Santa Fe

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Rear seat Occupancy alert
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Rear seat belt pretensioners
  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front side airbags
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts

  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Fully adjustable front head restraints
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Isofix on 2nd row rear seats
  • Front passenger seat electric height adjust
  • 50/50 split/folding 3rd row of seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat
  • Driver's seat electric height adjustment with lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding slide/recline seats 2nd row
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Electric lumbar adjustment on passenger's seat
  • One-touch folding rear seats

  • Deadlocks
  • Automatic door locking
  • Alarm and remote central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Engine immobiliser

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors + illuminated vanity mirrors (drivers with ticket holder)

  • 19" Alloy wheels

  • Alloy spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 161
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 191

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 85.4
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 96
  • CC: 2199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 51.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.3

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 40E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 67
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 200
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Premium SE
  • Coin Description: CRDi
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 147
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 325
  • Engine Torque - NM: 440
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 200
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.4
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 44.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1703
  • Length: 4770
  • Width: 1890
  • Wheelbase: 2765

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2020
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2594
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 71
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 547
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 574
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1625
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Metallic paint: £690
  • Pearlescent paint: Included
  • Special Pearlescent paint: £690
  • Dark chrome body styling accents: Included
  • Satin chrome body styling accents: £0
  • Satin chrome radiator grille and surround: £0
  • Dark chrome radiator grille and surround: Included

  • Two tone leather upholstery: £0
  • Leather upholstery: Included

  • Burgundy Pack - Santa Fe: £300

  • Metallic - Earthy Bronze: £690
  • Metallic - Magnetic force: £690
  • Metallic - Typhoon silver: £690
  • Metallic - Rain forest: £690

  • Pearl - Horizon red: £0

  • Special pearl - Phantom black: £690
  • Special pearl - Stormy sea: £690
  • Special pearl - White cream: £690
  • Special pearl - Lava Orange: £690

  • Two tone leather - Espresso/sepia grey: £0
  • Burgundy pack - Two tone leather - Black/burgundy: £300
  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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