Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Practicality
Rating: 4.7 out of 5

The Santa Fe is a sizable SUV with plenty of head and leg room for taller adults to stretch out. All come with seven seats as standard, with the middle row able to recline and slide back and forth. That means it provides lots of leg and head room (especially if you avoid the panoramic roof) for taller folk with them slid back and reclined. Centre passengers have to contend with a slightly raised seat but no centre tunnel unlike most rivals

Slide the middle row forward a few inches you’ll find enough leg room and just enough head room for shorter adults to contemplate more than a trip to the shops in the rear seats. They’re pulled out of the floor manually but don’t require too much muscle power. They’re accessed via the passenger side with a button on the top of the backrest allowing it to tilt and the base to slide forward revealing a reasonable gap to get through, assuming the front seat isn’t slid all the way back.

Boot space and storage

The door pockets are rather slim but thanks to a floating centre console, there’s a large storage tray beneath where you’ll find the heater and gearbox controls. This obscures your view of what’s in the tray, making it easy to leave items behind.

Thankfully there’s a pair of big cupholders and a smaller cubby with wireless phone charging in easy reach just behind the gear selector. If you need covered storage, a large cubby under the arm rest and a glovebox that’s big enough for the sizeable handbook but not much else.

Middle row passengers get fairly slender door pockets and a pair of cupholders in the fold down armrest, while even third row occupants get cupholders.

All versions of the Santa Fe have the same sized boot, with 571 litres of space in five seat mode with the seats all the way back or a useful 1,649 litres in two seat mode. Those figures should be big enough for most, but most large non-hybrid rivals have larger boots. Sliding the rear bench forward will increase cargo space, with this being done in a 60/40 split, not as handy as rivals’ 40/20/40 benches. To make matters worse, there’s no ski flap for long items. To keep the car from squatting at the rear with a full load on board, all Santa Fes get self-levelling suspension.

How easy is it to park?

All Santa Fes get front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera to make manoeuvring easier. If you upgrade to Ultimate you get a 306 degree camera system and self parking. To help you see better at night, all models come with bright LED headlights.

Safety
Rating 4.5 out of 5

Hyundai claims this Santa Fe is based upon a new stronger platform than the one it replaces, so it should perform even better than its 2018 score. Here it got a full five out of five stars for crash protection from Euro NCAP although the test has got tougher since then.

What we do know for sure is that all models get blindspot monitoring, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking that detects pedestrians and cyclists on top of the usual stability control and airbags.

Opt for an Ultimate model and the blindspot assist is upgraded with a camera that displays the side of the car in the instrument cluster and a highway driving assist that does a passable job of guiding the car between the white lines much of the time on the motorway.

Watch: Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Premium equipment

Premium standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Premium optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Premium SE equipment

Premium SE standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Premium SE optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Ultimate equipment

Ultimate standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Ultimate optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 88%
Vulnerable Road Users: 67%
Safety Assist: 76%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.