Hyundai Santa Fe

5/5
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Verdict

Big on space and Performance, the Hyundai Santa Fe is supremely practical and packs some good oomph, but its hefty price tag nudges it a bit too close to premium marques.

Performance

The Hyundai Santa Fe is available with just one diesel engine option. This is no bad thing as the 2.2 CRDI on offer packs 195bhp and 436Nm of torque so it has plenty of power when you need it. There is a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic. While there is plenty of poke in the Santa Fe’s engine, turbo lag is a bit of an issue with a noticeable lack of power at the lower end of the revs. You have to be conscious of being in the right gear approaching many everyday road and traffic scenarios like roundabouts or overtaking, but something you will easily begin to manage over time.

Ride & Handling

Comfort is at the core of the Santa Fe’s design with a soft suspension setup, so it soaks up lumps and bumps well, while motorway cruising is a breeze. It may be no slouch on the open road, but the steering is a little vague and lacks feedback and due to the SUV’s soft setup so body roll is evident in the corners. The Santa Fe is available with two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive with some higher specifications. The four-wheel-drive will obviously improve traction off-road and in snow or icy conditions, but the reality is, the Santa Fe will be very unlikely to experience either with most owners.

Refinement

The Santa Fe is available in four trim levels. These are Comfort, Executive, Premium and Executive LE. The Comfort specification comes with two-wheel-drive while all other trim levels are four-wheel-drive with the 6-speed automatic only available with the Premium trim. There is an option of 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler to improve exterior looks. Inside you get a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a music hard drive storage with MP3 connectivity and voice activation on all trim levels while satellite navigation only comes on the top of the range Premium.

Quality & Reliability

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a large SUV with presence. Its latest design gets a large Audi-style front grille which makes it really stand out. Inside it get all of the styling cues similar to premium marques of a similar size, like leather seats, touch screen satellite navigation and contrast aluminium trim and accents on the dashboard. While these touches lift the cabin aesthetically, the finish not quite to the same standard. The materials used are of a good quality and feel robust and well put together but falls short of that of any competing German marque.

Safety & Security

The Hyundai Santa Fe achieved a full five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash testing making it a very safe car. It also gets host of safety technology that includes seven airbags, downhill brake control, emergency stop signal, an active-bonnet system, hill start assist and seat-belt tensioners. Overall the Santa Fe is car that feels very well built and solid on the road.

Space & Practicality

The Santa Fe is a very spacious SUV with plenty of space and loads of leg and headroom so its ideal for ferrying many passengers around. There is an option to add an additional two seats in the boot area, but these are only really suitable for small children. It gets a huge 585 litre boot as standard but this is reduced to 516 if you add the two additional seats. The rear seats also fold with a 60/40 split creating a whopping 1615 litres of room to store pretty much anything you want. The usual storage places is the cabin are good too featuring large door pockets, a decent glovebox and a storage pocket beneath the centre armrest.

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Key Facts

Make

Hyundai

Model
Santa Fe
Variant
Comfort 2WD
Trim
Comfort
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
2.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€39,995
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
5.7
Average km/L
17.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
64
Fuel Tank Range
1122 km
Cost of filling a tank
€78.02
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.9
CO2 emmissions
149 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
200 bhp
Max Power kW
149
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2199
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
182 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.8 s
L/100km Urban
7.30 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.70 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
585 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Mileage
Unlimited
Roadside Assistance
5 Year AA Roadside Assist

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
585 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
235/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
235/65 R17 mm
Rim size
7.0J x 17; 7.5J x 18; 7.5J x 19 mm
Length
4690 mm
Width
1880 mm
Height
1680 mm
Wheel Base
2700 mm
Front Track (mm)
1680
Rear Track (mm)
1644
Kerb weight
1770 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2510
Turning circle (m)
10.9

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
200 bhp
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SUV
€39,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 585 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 200 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.8 s
  • New Price €39,995
SUV
€43,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 585 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 200 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.8 s
  • New Price €43,995
SUV
€47,745
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 585 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 200 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €47,745
SUV
€53,745
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 585 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 200 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €53,745