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Hyundai Santa Fe SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Reasonable fuel economy but the Hyundai Santa Fe could still be expensive to run

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​The Hyundai Santa Fe offers reasonable fuel economy with low CO2 emissions, 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

Hyundai has made a shift away from diesel, instead fitting the latest Santa Fe with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a choice of hybrid setups. The hybrid version is more affordable because it's fitted with a much smaller 1.49kWh battery, which is charged via regeneration and the combustion engine only. 

Buyers can choose the hybrid with front or four-wheel drive, and we'd recommend sticking with two-wheel drive unless you think you'll need the extra traction regularly. That's because it sees the official figure of up to 44.1mpg in the entry-level Premium trim fall to just 38.2mpg in the Ultimate version. CO2 emissions also climb from 145g/km to 168g/km, so despite this Santa Fe's hybrid powertrain, it will still be expensive for company-car drivers paying Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

With a larger 13.8kWh battery, the Santa Fe PHEV has an electric range of up to 36 miles and needs charging at home or at a public charger. Do this frequently and you'll be rewarded with triple-digit fuel economy; Hyundai claims an official economy figure of 173mpg. Of course, like any PHEV, if you drive further afield without charging the battery, this figure will drop significantly. What won't change is the sub-50g/km CO2 figure, which ensures a low BiK band and free entry into low emissions zones like the Congestion Charge in London.  

Road tax will cost buyers the lower rate, thanks to the Santa Fe's hybrid powertrain, but unless the car is discounted, buyers will face a further surcharge the first five times you have to renew the tax, as this model sits just above the £40,000 threshold. From year seven, annual road tax reverts to the normal rate for hybrid models.

Insurance

The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which examines the insurance risks of new cars, hasn't released insurance groups for the latest Santa Fe yet. In SE trim, the previous version sat in insurance group 36, while Premium and Premium SE models sat in groups 39 and 40 out of 50. This could mean the Hyundai is quite a bit more expensive than the Skoda Kodiaq to insure, a car that sits in groups 15-29.

Servicing

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.

Warranty

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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