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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe range of configurations is currently priced from $26,990. Our most recent review of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe resulted in a score of 7.4 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Contributing journalist Peter Anderson had this to say at the time: Even with a $3500 gap, the diesel will probably cost more to own over a few years. The petrol is quieter and, as far as a city-bound family car goes - with the requisite long trips on the highway - it's a compelling proposition. It also offers you the cleaner-burning fuel option if you can't deal with diesel.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Peter Anderson liked most about this particular version of the Hyundai Santa Fe: Loaded with tech, V6 power, Fantastic package

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2500 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Q&As

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

  • What's a good hybrid car to buy?

    The default purchase for somebody looking for a mid-sized hybrid SUV is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But if that’s too big, there’s the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, C-HR Hybrid and even the Corolla Cross Hybrid which sounds like the marketplace is getting crowded but is really just a reflection of the appetite right now for cars like these. And that’s the catch; the waiting times for a brand-new example of some of these cars is out to many months and even years. So your plan to shop second-hand makes plenty of sense, but don’t expect any bargains in a market currently being dominated by lots of demand and less supply.

    Beyond the Toyota brand (which has been doing hybrids longer than just about anybody else) there’s also the Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, Kia Niro, Subaru Forester Hybrid, Nissan Qashqai e-Power, MG HS, Honda HR-V e and more. For something a bit bigger, try the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. There are others out there, too, that are probably bigger or more expensive than you need, but it's very much a growing scene in the Australian marketplace.

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  • I am looking for an auto transmission wagon or SUV, that tows at least 1500kg and does not have a CVT.

    While the CVT is enjoying a bit of a purple patch right now with many car-makers using it for its efficiency benefits, you’re not the only one, Gregg, that doesn’t want to own such a thing. The CVT’s history is littered with failures, although to be perfectly fair, they are a lot better now than they’ve ever been.

    But even if you can accept their reliability track record, some owners will just never take to the CVT’s characteristics of allowing the engine to rev up and have the rest of the vehicle catch up. It can feel very alien and it’s hardly a sporty sensation, either.

    With all that in mind, you probably should start looking at things like the two-wheel-drive versions of something like, say, the Toyota Kluger or Hyundai Santa Fe. Both are available in two-wheel-drive, both have conventional 8-speed automatic transmissions and both can haul a decent load (2000kg and 2500kg respectively). The Toyota even offers a hybrid driveline, but, sadly for buyers like you, that uses a CVT transmission.

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  • My 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe has a transmission fault, what should I do?

    I definitely agree that 60,000km is pathetically short for the lifespan of a modern transmission. And if, indeed, the transmission has failed or is showing dramatic wear in that distance, I’d be asking Hyundai to help out with the cost of repairs. Even though the vehicle is out of warranty (by only about a year it would seem) the low kilometres and full factory service history might give Hyundai cause to come to the party on a pro rata basis.

    Meantime, don’t hit the panic button yet. The fault could be a much simpler one than you might be imagining and could be something quick and easy to fix. The problem could be as simple as low transmission-fluid level. If the quoted cost to examine the transmission is putting you off, try an independent transmission specialist who should be more than familiar with this unit.

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  • 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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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Price and Specs

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 is currently available from $26,990 for the Santa Fe Active Crdi (awd) up to $57,999 for the Santa Fe Highlander Crdi (awd).

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Active Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
Active X Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
Active X MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Towing capacity

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s towing capacity ranges from 2000kg to 2500kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Hyundai Santa Fe Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2500kg
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
Active X MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1900mm x 1685mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Dimensions  include 1685mm height, 1900mm width, 4785mm length.
Hyundai Santa Fe Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
MPI (2WD) SUV 1685x1900x4785 mm 176 mm
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
Active X MPI (2WD) SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 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 2021 Boot space Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Boot space

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Hyundai Santa Fe currently offers fuel consumption from 6.1 to 10.6L/100km. The Hyundai Santa Fe is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Hyundai Santa Fe Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.1L/100km
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 7.5L/100km
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 10.5L/100km
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 10.6L/100km
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Hyundai Santa Fe Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
MPI (2WD) SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
Active X MPI (2WD) SUV 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Speed

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