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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 review: Elite snapshot

Entry level Santa Fe variant pictured.
EXPERT RATING
8.3
The Elite sits under the top-of-the-range Highlander in the Santa Fe line-up with a list price of $54,300 for the petrol variant and $57,800 for the diesel-powered version.

The Elite sits under the top-of-the-range Highlander in the Santa Fe line-up with a list price of $54,300 for the petrol variant and $57,800 for the diesel-powered version. 

Standard features include: LED headlights, an 10.25-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Harman Kardon stereo, sat nav, wireless phone charger, leather seats, power driver’s seat, a proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, puddle lamps, electronic child locks, rain-sensing wipers, power folding mirrors and 20-inch alloy wheels

The petrol engine is a refreshed version of the previous 3.5-litre V6 making 200kW/331Nm, while the 2.2-litre diesel is new and produces 148kW/440Nm.

Also new is the eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to be found in the diesel variant. It’s a wet-clutch type of DCT and it’s smooth and quick.

The V6 has a regular eight speed automatic.

The Santa Fe has a maximum five-star ANCAP rating, but this was awarded back in 2018 and these days the standard to get the full marks is higher.

All Santa Fes came with AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, but now there’s a 'Junction Turning' function.

A weakness in an otherwise outstanding array of safety equipment is the curtain airbags which don’t completely cover those third-row windows.

Pricing guides

$54,595
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$43,990
Highest Price
$65,200

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Active Crdi (awd) 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $47,020 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Active Crdi (awd) Pricing and Specs
Active MPI (2WD) 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $43,990 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Active MPI (2WD) Pricing and Specs
Active X Crdi (awd) 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $50,050 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Active X Crdi (awd) Pricing and Specs
Active X MPI (2WD) 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $47,020 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Active X MPI (2WD) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8.3
Richard Berry
Senior Journalist

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