Hyundai Santa Fe (2018-present)

A good-looking and well-equipped family SUV, the new Hyundai Santa Fe could be all of the car you'll ever need

Strengths & Weaknesses


Lots of safety equipment
Spacious cabin


Unexciting to drive
Not the most efficient engine
Limited trim choices
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Hyundai Santa FE Diesel Estate 2.2 crdi blue drive premium se 5dr auto [7 seats]

Total RRP £40,245

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You don’t need more than three children to justify buying a seven-seat car.

With flexible interiors that let you fold, or even move the seats, these are some of the most versatile vehicles on the road, offering the option of cavernous boot space, luxurious space for a few passengers or, indeed, room for half a football team in the back.

That’s true of the latest Hyundai Santa Fe, which is said to have more room in the middle row of seats than any other car in its class, as well as a large 625-litre boot (the rival Nissan X-Trail only has 565 litres) if you go for the five-seat model. Seven seats are expected to be optional and to reduce boot capacity).

A tall and rugged-looking sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Santa Fe is due to arrive in Britain this autumn, replacing the current model, which is likely to be discounted in the coming months. The new car looks to be a strong alternative to other spacious SUVs, such as the Skoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and Peugeot 5008, which also offer seven seats, as well as the Ford Edge and Renault Koleos, which don’t.

The front of the cabin is equally spacious, with plenty of adjustment in the driver’s seat to find a comfortable position. The layout is straightforward, with a touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard, along with physical buttons, which are easier to use when driving.

There’s another screen between the dials, for extra driving information (such as sat-nav directions), as well as an optional head-up display, which keeps your eyes focused on the road for longer.

A brief drive of a foreign-specification car shows that the the Santa Fe has been designed for comfort and stability rather than nimble cornering and excitement - much like its rivals. The steering is accurate, so you quickly learn how much you need to turn it for any corner, and it grips well, going where it’s pointed. There’s not too much leaning in corners either.

With four-wheel drive as standard, the Santa Fe is less likely to get stuck on muddy ground or in snow, but it, and most of its rivals, aren’t really designed to go off road where their low bumpers can catch on rough ground.

This means that you do pay a premium for the car’s design. Seven-seat people carriers, such as the VW Touran, Ford Grand C-Max, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso  and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer are all available for less than £25,000 new (and considerably less used) but do look more like minibuses.

Prices for the Santa Fe are likely to start at more than £33,000 when the car goes on sale, with more popular higher-specification versions coming close to £40,000. For that money, you could also have a slightly less spacious Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Both cars are expected to hold their value well, which means that monthly finance costs for new cars should be available for less than £300, depending on your deposit.

Hyundai has made it easy for buyers to choose an engine: there is only one diesel, which was also fitted to the previous generation. It’s a strong engine that’s good for towing and which provides steady acceleration, enabling you to easily keep pace with traffic.

Trim levels are yet to be announced, but the previous Santa Fe only had two regular trims, with many buyers opting for higher-specification cars. However, all versions should come well equipped.


Last Updated 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 14:45

Key facts 

Warranty : 
Five years/unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
625 litres (rear seats flat)
Tax : 
£TBC in the first year, £140 thereafter

Hyundai Santa FE History 

Autumn 2018: First of the new Hyundai Santa Fe models are due to be delivered

Understanding Hyundai Santa FE car names 

  • Santa FE
  • Engine
  • Gearbox
  • Engine
    The engine’s size is given in litres (here it’s 2.2) and the letters CRDi indicate that it’s a diesel.
  • Gearbox
    Buyers have the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai Santa FE Engines 

2.2 CRDi

UK versions of the Santa Fe are powered by the 2.2 CRDi diesel engine, producing 197 horsepower (hp), which can be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or an all-new eight-speed automatic..

The engine is carried over from the last car, where it was smooth and powerful, so that there was no need to rev it hard while driving or towing.

Fuel economy is expected to be similar to the outgoing model, which has an official rating of between 42.2mpg and 46.5mpg. However, drivers can only expect 35mpg with the automatic gearbox and 37mpg with the manual, according to the Equa Index which estimates fuel use based on public road testing.

All cars also come with a newly developed four-wheel-drive system call HTRAC, which distributes the engine’s power depending on the driving mode selected. In sport mode, it’s configured for maximum acceleration; Comfort mode improves stability and Eco mode offers maximum efficiency. In slippery conditions, the system adapts to offer maximum grip.


Fuel economy


Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

2.2 CRDi






Hyundai Santa FE Trims 

UK trims are yet to be announced, at time of writing, but the majority of customers for the previous generation went for the better-specced, more expensive versions, so this is unlikely to change for the new model.

All models will be fitted with Hyundai’s HTRAC four-wheel-drive system, while we can also expect to see price differentials of around £2,500 between cars fitted with six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearboxes, while upgrading from the lower to upper trim should also be of the order of £3,500, based on the previous generation.

Alloy wheel options range from 17-inch to 19-inch. Inside, buyers will have either a 7in or 8in touchscreen display, with options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for control of your phone through the car’s screen.

Also available for the first time on a Santa Fe is a head-up display, showing information such as speed, navigation commands and fuel level, in addition to alerts from active safety and driving assistance features.

There’s a full suite of safety features, bundled under the SmartSense name, and which includes warnings of vehicles in your blind spot, automatic steering to keep you in your lane, as well as autonomous emergency braking, which can help avoid a front collision.

The Santa Fe includes a number of new safety features. Rear Occupant Alert, for example, monitors the rear seats to detect passengers, alerting the driver when leaving the car – so there’s no excuse for leaving the kids in the car.

There’s also Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, which means that when reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system warns the driver if vehicles are approaching from the rear side, also applying the brakes automatically.

Also new is Safety Exit Assist, which is designed to prevent collisions when vehicles approach from behind, as it temporarily locks the doors, ensuring that passengers don’t open them on to an oncoming vehicle when exiting the car.


Hyundai Santa FE Reliability and warranty 

The current generation of Santa fe doesn’t sell in great enough volumes to be included in the Auto Express Driver Power survey, but the company’s smaller Tucson is placed 17th out of 75 cars in the most recent (2017) edition of the survey, which is a good sign.

In addition, Hyundai is the 10th best manufacturer, which is another useful indication of reliability.

The Santa Fe’s five-year, triple-care package covers warranty, RAC roadside assistance and annual vehicle healthcare checks – all of which makes it superior to all but the Kia Sorento (which has a seven-year warranty) in its class.

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