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Hyundai Santa Fe SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Reasonable fuel economy, but the Hyundai Santa Fe won't be cheap to run

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The Hyundai Santa Fe offers reasonable fuel economy but its considerable size and weight mean maintenance and running costs might still prove expensive. Thankfully, you shouldn't have too many worries if something goes wrong, as Hyundai's warranty is one of the best in the industry.

Hyundai Santa Fe MPG & CO2

Only one engine is offered in the Hyundai Santa Fe – a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel. It was fitted to the previous-generation Santa Fe, but has been updated with measures such as selective catalytic reduction (the emissions control system that employs AdBlue to reduce particulate emissions) and a particulate filter. Hyundai has now stopped selling two-wheel-drive versions; all new models of the Santa Fe have four-wheel drive.

CO2 emissions are still a fairly hefty 156g/km for manual models, and 159g/km for those with an automatic gearbox. That means a top-rate Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax figure. Fuel economy of 41.5mpg is claimed for the manual versions and 39.8mpg for the automatic models. That’s pretty similar to many of its rivals but most of those offer lower-powered engines and two-wheel drive to improve fuel economy.

Road tax will cost buyers of Premium versions £145 a year, but those who choose the Premium SE (or add options to the Premium) will face a further £320 surcharge the first five times you have to renew the tax, as this model sits above the £40,000 threshold. From year seven, annual road tax reverts to £145.


The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which examines the insurance risks of new cars, has placed the SE version in insurance group 36, while Premium and Premium SE grades sit in groups 39 and 40 out of 50. These are higher groupings than the previous Santa Fe, and could mean the Hyundai is quite a bit pricier than the Skoda Kodiaq to insure – that car sits in groups 12-26.


Hyundai offers service plans to help keep maintenance costs predictable and will be happy to advise you on a plan that takes your annual mileage into account. Be aware that consumable items such as tyres will be more expensive on a large SUV like the Santa Fe than for many seven-seat MPV alternatives.


Hyundai supports every new car sold in the UK with a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Roadside assistance is provided in the first year, and continues if your car is maintained by an authorised Hyundai workshop.

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