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Hyundai Santa Fe Australia

Hyundai's Santa Fe medium SUV debuted in 2000, and it's moved on a lot in the past two decades.

Now into its fourth generation, which launched in 2020, the Santa Fe serves as Hyundai's flagship SUV model. It's also the Korean carmaker's smallest seven seat SUV. Debuting with an engine line-up comprised of four-cylinder petrol and diesel units, Hyundai has recently added a V6 to the stable, prices range from $43,990 for the Santa Fe Active MPI (2WD) to $65,200 for the Santa Fe Highlander CRDi (AWD). The all-new 3.3-litre V6, which made its local debut in the Santa Fe ‘30' limited edition, makes 199kW and 318Nm, and is mated to a traditional six-speed automatic.

Hyundai Santa Fe Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Hyundai Santa Fe here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which used seven-seater should I buy for 15-20k?

    Either the Santa Fe or its close cousin, the Kia Sorento are good choices for a seven-seat SUV. In fact, they’ve risen to the top of the heap when it comes to a seven-seater within your budget. Both offered petrol engines, but in this type of vehicle, the turbo-diesels probably did a better job.

    Unfortunately, the top end of your budget rules out all but the tattiest current-shape Kias and Hyundais. If you can stretch to maybe $3000 or $4000 more, you’ll get into good-condition examples of the current version of either and, thanks to the great factory warranties offered by the South Korean brands, you might even find one with some factory cover left to run.

    If $20,000 is your absolute limit, that’s not the end of the world, as it will still get you into a very useable vehicle with lots of life left in it. Make sure you check the service record and only buy a car with a documented history of preventative maintenance.

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  • Should I buy a Kia Sorento 2013 to 2017 or Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 to 2017

    Hi Nor, the Kia Sorento is generally reliable and robust, with only a few electrical problems being the main issues, but most should have been sorted out by now. As the Sorento is closely related to the Hyundai Santa Fe, the same would apply to that SUV too.

    The 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine you mention was only available in the UM model from 2009 to 2011. After that a 3.5-litre V6 took over. Both engines are known to be robust and dependable. We'd go for the V6 because it does not have to work as hard as the 2.4L hauling such a big and heavy vehicle around. Note, though, that the V6 is thirsty. 

    The diesel is the best choice out of all of the engines available, as it is strong and hard-wearing as well as much more economical. 

    In our opinion, the Sorento is a better buy than the Santa Fe, since it has more glass area and so is easier to see out of. The interior is pleasant, comfortable and easy to use. And, from the XM model launched in 2015, it is a nicer and quieter car to drive.

    Finally, the Kia has offered a seven-year warranty as opposed to the Hyundai's five-year warranty since October 1, 2014, meaning it is possible to buy an older Sorento and still be covered by the factory warranty. 

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  • Should I buy a Kia Sorento 2020?

    The Sorento seems like a pretty good choice. But don’t forget its cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe which is also a great vehicle. On balance, though, the Kia seems a little better value and has a superior warranty. In fact, the Kia factory warranty of seven years/unlimited kilometres is an industry leader and makes for great long-term peace of mind.

    If you’re happy with the way the Kia drives and works for your family, then there’s no reason not to make that your first choice.

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  • What SUV should I buy?

    The answer all depends on what you call off-road driving, Javed. The Ford Everest, being based on the Ranger, is a very competent off-roader. In fact, it’ll handle anything most owners would ever throw at it, while the Endura is more of a replacement for the Ford Territory. Meaning it has abilities better matched to a trip to the snow, not a true log-jumping, river-fording off-road journey.

    The Sante Fe is more of the same (as the Endura) that is; a car that can cope with gravel roads and slippery surfaces, but not the rough and tumble of the Aussie bush. So it really comes down to how far off road you need to go. And if the answer is a long way, even if it’s just occasionally, then the Everest is your best choice.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Hyundai Santa Fe varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $66,440
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $43,990 $65,200
2020 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $66,440
2019 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $31,900 $62,370
2018 SUV 3.3L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $28,700 $54,340
2017 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $23,000 $50,160
See All Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specs

Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity

The Hyundai Santa Fe has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 0kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 0kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2017 SUV 2000kg 2500kg
See All Towing Capacity for Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Seats

The Santa Fe has seven seats, and that third row isn’t big enough for full-size adults.  But there's even more room in the second row now in this updated version. Headroom in the second row is also excellent – even with a sunroof.

Hyundai Santa Fe Colours

  • Magnetic Force
  • White Cream
  • Stormy Sea
  • Typhoon Silver
  • Rain Forest
  • Earthly Bronze
  • Phantom Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Hyundai Santa Fe 2019.

Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

The cabin, even on the entry-grade car, is a premium feeling place with the layered effect to the design of the dash we first saw in 2018 when this generation of the Santa Fe was introduced to us. The range-topping Highlander goes ‘next level’ with Nappa leather seats and the virtual instrument cluster.

The Highlander's cabin looks posh, but the interior feels tough. Our car had the 'Camel' Nappa leather, but the Highlander also can be had with black Nappa leather at no extra cost. The standard black suede headliner is also a nice touch on this grade.

The entry-grade Santa Fe has black and grey cloth upholstery, the Active gets black leather, while the Elite comes in a choice of black or 'Cognac' leather.

Hyundai Santa Fe Accessories

New features on the entry grade Santa Fe include: super bright LED headlights (the previous entry grade non-LED headlights were really dim), there’s the 8.0-inch screen (an inch bigger than before); and there’s a wireless charger now. 

The rest of the standard features list includes cloth seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air con, leather steering wheel, drive modes, rear parking sensors, roof rails, a rear-view camera and 17-inch alloys

Stepping up to the Active adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, a proximity key, front parking sensors, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, puddle lamps, electronic child locks, rain sensing wipers and power folding mirrors. The Active also gets new stuff in the form of paddle shifters and a raised centre console with gear shifting buttons and terrain mode control.

The Elite sits above the Active and scores new equipment such as 20-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch media display, and a Harman Kardon stereo. This is on top of its previous standard features such as sat nav, digital radio, power driver’s seat, power tailgate, luggage net and rear door blinds.

The top-of-the-range Highlander gets the most new stuff. There’s the 20-inch alloy wheels (19-inches on the old car), also new is the Nappa leather interior, the 10.25-inch media screen, a Harman Kardon stereo, and a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and remote smart parking assist. That’s on top of other standard equipment such as a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats and LED tail-lights.

Hyundai Santa Fe Dimensions

The dimensions of the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
2020 SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
2019 SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
2018 SUV 1580x1880x4690 mm 185 mm
2017 SUV 1580x1880x4690 mm 185 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai Santa Fe Dimensions

Hyundai Santa Fe Boot Space

The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV has a boot space size of 547 Litres.
Hyundai Santa Fe Boot space Hyundai Santa Fe Boot space

Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Consumption

The Hyundai Santa Fe is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.5L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 7.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 10.6L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 7.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 9.3L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 10.6L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 7.8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 10.5L/100km 3.3L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 6.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 9.4L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specs for 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe Wheel Size

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 1 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
2020 SUV 235x65 R17 1 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 1 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 235x65 R17 1 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 1 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 235x55 R19 19x7.5 inches 235x55 R19 19x7.5 inches
2017 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai Santa Fe Wheel Sizes

Hyundai Santa Fe Speed

The 0-100km/h time for the Santa Fe is between 8.5-11 seconds.