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Hyundai Santa Fe

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
B

Eco Rating:

69
%
A

Reliability Rating:

38
%
E

Running Costs:

60
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
B

Eco Rating:

69
%
A

Reliability Rating:

38
%
E

Running Costs:

60
%
C

Summary


The Hyundai Santa Fe is a large seven-seat SUV that sits above the Tucson and Kona in the Hyundai family.

The current model is the fourth generation, and was launched at the 2018 Geneva motor show before going on sale in the UK later in the year.

It has received particular praise for its generous level of standard equipment and large boot, while it has been criticised for being more expensive than expected.

A facelifted Santa Fe arrived in the UK in Spring 2021. As part of the update, the diesel engine was dropped in favour of a petrol/electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Styling was updated both inside and out, while some extra tech equipment was added.

As off January 2024, the Hyundai Santa Fe has a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 65%. It gets points for low average CO2 emissions (thanks to the plug-in hybrid version) and a decent safety rating. However, running costs are fairly average and reliability has been poor.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines: Hybrid, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £41,445 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 94%
Child protection: 88%
Vulnerable road users: 67%
Safety assist: 76%

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Hyundai Santa Fe has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a poor reliability score as of January 2024, according to workshop and warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This data refers to both the current model and older (pre-2018) models.

Braking issues are the most commonly reported faults, although they’re relatively affordable to repair, costing just under £300 on average. However, MotorEasy reports that gearbox faults cost about £3,000 on average. Fortunately these faults are rare. Engine faults are also reported, with an average bill of £1,300 to fix.

If you’re looking at a used Hyundai Santa Fe, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Santa Fe has received

2023

  • What Car? Awards – Best seven-seater

2022

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV

2019

  • Parkers Awards – Best seven-seater

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The Hyundai Santa Fe has received good to very good media reviews, and its overall Expert Rating is very competitive in the large SUV sector.Hyundai Santa Fe