Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • More practical than ever
  • Neat folding second row
  • Huge boot in five-seat mode
  • The Hyundai Santa Fe affords its passengers in the front and second row plenty of leg, head and shoulder room thanks to the car’s hefty dimensions and reasonable packaging. There’s also a completely flat floor in the back, too, meaning that those lumbered with the middle seat shouldn’t suffer the usual problem of having nowhere to put their feet.

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    However, the rearmost two seats are considerably tighter and lack any real usable leg or headroom for adults, plus they’re difficult to access. With this in mind, it’s best cordoning off the third row as a kids-only area. Outright space lags behind rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008.

    This is a large car, but despite that it’s not too difficult to park. This is largely down to the standard-fit reversing camera helps, while the driver also has a lot of glass to look out of and the high seating position means overall visibility is good. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard on all models.

    In five-seat configuration the Santa Fe’s boot measures 547 litres, which is smaller than both the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008. We don’t have numbers for when all seven seats are up, but you won’t get more than a few soft holdalls in there. Meanwhile, in two-seat mode, bootspace expands to 1,625 litres. The third-row seats can be folded in a 50:50 split, allowing users to accommodate six passengers with a little extra luggage room if needed. Folding said seats is an easy enough task, plus the load bay is peppered with handy netting and luggage hooks for added practicality.

    Is it safe?

    • Five-star Euro NCAP score achieved 
    • Lots of safety and assistance tech 
    • Fundamentally strong with lots of airbags

    At its most basic level the Hyundai Santa Fe should be a safe car - it certainly appears to be with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. It has six airbags, including curtain ones that extend to protect occupants in the third row of seats. It’s also made of stronger stuff than the previous version; specifically with 15% more high-strength steel.

    It’ll also feature the following safety kit, though it’s not clear which will be standard-fit or optional for the UK market yet: 

    • Blindspot warning
    • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking
    • Rear cross-traffic prevention
    • Active lane-keeping assist
    • Rear Occupant Alert – alerts driver via message on instrument cluster if occupants are in the rear seats. If the driver leaves the car, it’ll flash headlights and sound horn to warn them 
    • Safety Exit Assist – aims to prevent accidents when opening doors if vehicle approaches from behind, either via a driver alert or activating child locks to stop doors operating

    Our experience with the Santa Fe showed that this is a company barging its way towards the forefront of driver-assistance technology. We found it smooth, unintrusive and easy to use. It performs better in this regard than many more expensive machines. 

    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
    • Driver`s airbag
    • Electric driver`s seat
    • Electric mirrors
    • Folding rear seats
    • Front electric windows
    • Full size spare wheel
    • Heated mirrors
    • Height adjustable drivers seat
    • 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
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Cruise control
    • Electric passenger`s seat
    • Electric sunroof
    • Front fog lights
    • Heated seats
    • 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

    Premium SE equipment

    Premium SE standard equipment
    • Electric passenger`s seat
    • Electric sunroof
    • Heated seats
    • Leather seat trim
    • Sat Nav
    Premium SE optional equipment
    None available

    SE equipment

    SE standard equipment
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Front fog lights
    SE optional equipment
    • Cruise control

    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.