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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 26 - 41 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The diesel is the only sensible choice, with the manual offering an average of nearly 39mpg in official tests (42mpg from the newer CRDi engine). Spending the extra on a seven seat model (which also adds self-levelling rear suspension) should be a safe investment when it comes to sell while Hyundai servicing is good value. The five-year warranty is not limited by mileage constraints so gives good peace of mind should anything go wrong.

The Santa Fe performs adequately on the eco front. The diesel engine is the main seller and emits 191g/km of CO2 – not bad for a vehicle of this size and weight. Economy is acceptable too with 39mpg available. The newer 2.2 CRDi engine from 2009 is even cleaner, it averages 42mpg with the manual gearbox and emits 176g/km of CO2.

Hyundai’s ever-growing reputation for reliability is backed up by one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, with the exception of some Kia models. Even better, the five year/unlimited mileage scheme is also transferable to the next owner.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £290 - £615
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Insurance group 25 - 30
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