Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

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

Diesel engines 7.8 - 8.9 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Diesel engines 38.7 - 44.1 mpg
  • Slightly disappointing average fuel consumption figures
  • Fuel economy varies depending on gearbox and drivetrain
  • Five-year, unlimited-mile warranty as standard

With just one engine on offer in the Hyundai Santa Fe, the only variation in fuel economy depends on what gearbox is in the car, what size wheels are fitted and whether it is equipped with two- or four-wheel drive.

Starting with the base two-wheel drive manual transmission model in SE spec (18-inch wheels), the Santa Fe claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 42.8mpg. Switch to an automatic version, meanwhile, and this drops slightly to 42.2mpg.

Of the four-wheel drive models (only available in Premium and Premium SE spec), manual transmission versions manage a claimed average of up to 40.4mpg. Replace this with an automatic and it drops to as low as 38.7mpg on Premium SE spec cars.

Aftersales service should be solid, while Hyundai’s five-year unlimited-mileage warranty is always a major selling point. Resale values should also be stronger than the previous Santa Fe thanks to this version being marketed as a higher quality product.

With only one fairly high output diesel engine and no mild hybrid or clever eco features available, the Santa Fe’s green credentials are distinctly average.

Emissions for the 2.2-litre engine vary depending on transmission, wheel size and whether the version in question is two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. However, even in its most eco-friendly form (Premium front-wheel drive, manual gearbox) the Santa Fe still produces 150g/km of CO2 – a fairly unremarkable figure.

What’s more, if you upgrade to the top spec Premium SE version with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, emissions jump to 164g/km.

Is it reliable?

  • Hyundai historically does well
  • Most parts tried and tested
  • More than ever to go wrong

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s reliability has traditionally been very good, and we’ve experienced nothing to indicate any different in the new car. There is a lot more kit to go wrong, but in the main the parts have been tried and tested on other Hyundais and haven’t proven problematic.

In fact, this is a company with an excellent record for building robust cars, and that’s backed up by its five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £475
Insurance group 36 - 40
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