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Hyundai Santa Fe Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Specs & News

Hyundai's Santa Fe debuted in the early 2000s, and it's evolved from a larger mid-sized SUV competitor against the Honda CR-V to a smaller large SUV with three-row, seven-seater capability over successive generations. The Toyota Kluger is the main rival.

Today, the Santa Fe sits underneath the slightly-bigger but closely related flagship Palisade SUV, offering the choice of V6 petrol or four-cylinder turbo-diesel power. Front and all-wheel drive are also available. The cheapest grade starts from $43,990, rising to $65,200 for the most expensive version.

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.

  • Why is my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe unresponsive when I press the accelerator?

    There’s no point giving an engine a double-dose of whatever the manufacturer recommends as the correct amount. And that applies to everything from injector cleaner to windscreen washer fluid. It’s also true that these injector cleaners will sometimes work if the problem is a simple case of a build-up of dirt and gunk that shouldn’t be on the injector, but if the problem is an actual worn injector or some other problem, then all the cleaner in the world won’t help. You’ve asked if the condition might improve with time, and in the case of a dirty injector that is gradually cleaned by these products, then the answer is maybe.

    The fact that your engine runs perfectly once warmed up is the interesting part. That suggests that there’s something going on when the engine is first started. Does it start easily? If not, the glow-plugs (which pre-heat the combustion chamber on a diesel) could be malfunctioning. I’d also be checking the fuel delivery pressure as these modern, common-rail diesel engines use very high fuel pressure to work properly. If the injectors aren’t getting the correct pressure from the moment you hit the key, they can run very poorly. That would then lead me to check for a dirty fuel filter and perhaps even the condition of the pump and its regulator. You might even find the problem is related to the turbocharger or even the throttle-by-wire system that is having a temperature-related hissy-fit.

    The first thing to do now would be to have the vehicle scanned and, in particular, look out for fault code P0401. This will be logged as a problem with the EGR system, but is often caused by carbon build-up in the engine rather than a problem with the actual EGR valve. This fault code can also be associated with loose turbocharger plumbing which can lead to boost leaks and the sort of sluggish behaviour you’ve noted. Either way, it’s a good clue about where to look. It’s also worth noting that Hyundai was aware of a problem with the engine fuel-filter fitted to engines built around the time of your car. A change of the filter cartridge was a simple fix, so make sure that’s been done on your car. A Hyundai dealership will be able to check if your car was affected and whether it’s been fitted with the new filter.

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  • Which popular mid to large SUV is best for a family?

    This is a really interesting question, because most car-makers tend to quote their products’ luggage capacity in litres, rather than a set of dimensions in each direction. Even then, it’s not that simple as there are different methods fort calculating the cubic capacity of a load space, and the two methods are not readily comparable. It’s also a bit of a con-job, because a figure in litres mean very little to most people, while actual measurements in centimetres would be much more relatable.

    In any case, since you obviously have two kids with cellos and school-bags, it’s clear that you’ll also need the rear seat for at least one passenger, so you need to find a vehicle that either has enough space in the rear with the first two rows of seats in place, or a car that has a split-fold rear seat to allow longer loads (like a cello or two) to pass from the luggage area into the rear seat space. The good news there is that many (if not all) SUVs do, in fact, have this split-fold seat, and that will surely accommodate even a full-sized cello which, after a bit of scratching around, I discovered is about 121cm long.

    If, however, you need to occupy the whole rear seat with passengers, then you need to find an SUV that is wide enough to accept the cellos loaded across (or diagonally across) the car. That won’t be easy, because most vehicles just aren’t that wide inside. Even a conventional full-sized car-based Holden or Ford utility (which aren’t being made any longer) is only about 1400mm wide. And if you check out something like a Hyundai Santa Fe, it’s load area with the third row is feats down is just 1080mm at its narrowest point. Even the huge Hyundai Palisade is just 1111mm across the narrowest point of its load area. There will be areas where the space is wider, but that narrowest point is usually between the rear wheel-arches.

    I’ll also take a punt and suggest that the cellos in question are either in carry-bags or even hard-cases which would add even more to their length. So you might find it very difficult to find anything that will accommodate a 1.2 or 1.3 metre cello lengthways in the luggage area without resorting to folding down half the second-row seat. Even a big car like a Volvo XC90 has just 1220mm of load length with the rear seat in place, and mid-sized station-wagons typically have less than a metre between the tailgate and the rear seat. The best idea might be to make a short-list of cars you’d be happy with and then visit the relevant showrooms with a tape measure (or even a cello) in your hand.

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  • Hyundai hasn't told me when my 2018 Santa Fe will be fixed and returned, what can I do?

    It sounds to me as though you’ve only talked – at this stage – to your Hyundai dealership. I’d be taking the time to contact Hyundai Australia’s customer service division and asking for a firm timetable of when the work will be carried out and when you can expect to be driving your own car again. There’s always the ACCC to talk to if you don’t get a satisfactory answer, but give Hyundai Australia the chance to make things right. Hyundai is a brand that is very serious about its reputation and sometimes enquiries at dealership level don’t always get straight through to head office.

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  • 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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Hyundai Santa Fe Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Hyundai Santa Fe varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $43,990 and going to $65,200 for the latest year the model was manufactured. 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
2022 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $43,990 $65,200
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $43,990 $65,200
2020 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $66,110
2019 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $31,100 $61,820
2018 SUV 3.3L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $28,700 $54,340
See All Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specs

Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity

The Hyundai Santa Fe has maximum towing capacity of 2500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 2000kg 2500kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2500kg
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

The Santa Fe is available in - 'Glacier White' 'White Cream' 'Typhoon Silver', 'Magnetic Force', 'Phantom Black', 'Taiga Brown', 'Rain Forest' and 'Lagoon Blue.'

  • Typhoon Silver
  • Phantom Black
  • White Cream
  • Magnetic force
  • Lagoon blue
  • Rain Forest
  • Taiga Brown
  • Glacier White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

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 Santa Fe's boot space with two rows in use is 517L, and with three rows in use that drops to 130L.

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.

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.