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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
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Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0
  • 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 Premium spec (18-inch wheels), the Santa Fe claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 49.6mpg. Switch to an automatic version, meanwhile, and this drops slightly to 48.7mpg.

Of the four-wheel drive models (only available in Premium and Premium SE spec), manual transmission versions manage a claimed average of up to 47.1mpg. Replace this with an automatic and it drops to as low as 44.8mpg 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.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Diesel 131p £1,267 - £1,323 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Still to be confirmed
Warranty Five years/unlimited mileage
Road tax (12 months) £140 - £450
Insurance group 36 - 40
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3 out of 5 3.0

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.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.2 CRDi (200ps) Diesel 150 g/km (Min) £140
2.2 CRDi (200ps) Diesel 164 g/km (Max) £450

Reliability

4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • 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. 

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.