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Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe range of configurations is currently priced from $43,990. Our most recent review of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe resulted in a score of 8.1 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Contributing journalist Peter Anderson had this to say at the time: The new Santa Fe feels like a massive change from the car it replaces, and it was only three years old. With a thorough overhaul I didn't even know it needed, it remains a leading proposition in its class and acts as a fine response to its Kia sibling as well as staying well ahead of the ageing, old school, Kluger.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Peter Anderson liked most about this particular version of the Hyundai Santa Fe: Great new interior, Loaded with tech, Great to drive

The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV competes with similar models like the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9 in the Under $50k category category.

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.

  • 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 2021 Price and Specs

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 is currently available from $43,990 for the Santa Fe Active MPI (2WD) up to $65,200 for the Santa Fe Highlander Crdi (awd).

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Hyundai Santa Fe Model Body Type Specs Price
Active Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $47,020
Active MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $43,990
Active X Crdi (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $50,050
Active X MPI (2WD) SUV 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $47,020
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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 X MPI (2WD) SUV 1680x1890x4770 mm 185 mm
Active Crdi (awd) 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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Pricing and Specs

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.