Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

Price  £31,245 - £37,825

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Five-year warranty
  • Lots of interior space
  • Stylish modern design
  • Quite expensive to buy
  • Automatic gearbox is poor
  • Third-row seat access and space

At a glance

"The Hyundai Santa Fe offers lots of space and comfort, but some rivals are more fun to drive, as well as being cheaper to buy and run."

Aside from the Genesis executive saloon, the Hyundai Santa Fe sits at the top of the Korean brand's range. Its main selling points are its seven-seat practicality and appealing five-year warranty.

A lot of people are downsizing to smaller cars, so large SUVs like the Santa Fe need to deliver on its promise of flexibility, but also be reasonably affordable to run.

Hyundai's biggest car competes with everything from traditional MPVs to other seven-seat SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mitsubishi Outlander. It's a smart looking car on the outside, too. 

There's only one engine to choose from – a 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel – that's powerful and provides plenty of punch and reasonable fuel economy of 46.3mpg. It's great for those looking to tow a caravan or boat as it's got plenty of torque and slick gearboxes. 

Four-wheel drive is standard across the Santa Fe range that shifts power to some or all of the wheels as conditions dictate, but you can select it to be in permanent four-wheel drive mode if you prefer. 

On the road, the Santa Fe is surprisingly agile and doesn’t lean too much in corners, thanks to firmer suspension that never becomes uncomfortable. Smaller five-door rivals like the Mazda CX-5 are more fun to drive, but the Santa Fe will carry seven people in comfort and isn’t built to be driven quickly down country roads.

There are three trim levels to choose from, keeping things simple if you’re having trouble deciding. SE kicks off the range and comes with dual-zone climate control, rear parking assistance and trailer stability assistance as standard.

If you move up the range to Premium or Premium SE then the Santa Fe steps into price territory occupied by the brilliant Land Rover Discovery Sport – a superior car with a much more desirable badge. Each spec is available with five or seven seats, and the Santa Fe scores some value points with its five-year warranty and great reputation for building solid and reliable cars. It also scored five stars in Euro NCAP's crash safety tests; so family buyers have some peace of mind. 

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

The Hyundai Santa Fe diesel isn't the most economical, but it's relatively cheap to own

Engines, drive & performance

3 / 5

The Hyundai Santa Fe is capable and dependable rather than fun to drive

Interior & comfort

3.4 / 5

The Hyundai Santa Fe is comfortable and well-equipped but interior lacks wow factor

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

Huge boot and seven-seat option are key selling points of the Hyundai Santa Fe

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with excellent five-year warranty and plenty of safety kit

What the others say

3.9 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"The Hyundai Santa Fe is a good looking, well built seven-seat SUV with a limited model range and a high asking price."
4 / 5
"The seven-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe makes a fine alternative to an MPV, but there are better-value SUVs out there."
4 / 5
"It's a far superior model than before and easily good enough to consider alongside a Honda CR-V."
7 / 10
"The latest Santa Fe might just be all the car you ever need. Think cut-price Discovery."
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 90 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
25 Nov 2015
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