Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Problems

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

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2020

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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Hyundai Santa Fe 2009: Timing belt replacement

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Dec 2019

The petrol V6 has a timing belt and should be changed every 90,000 km. The diesel has a chain that doesn’t require replacement.

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Buying an off-roader for the city - should I get the petrol or diesel?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Jul 2018

You’re not doing many kilometres and only short trips, so would go for the petrol version.

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Best used 7 seat SUVs under $30k?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Dec 2016

Sludge build-up is a turbocharger killer, but sludge won't build up if the car is regularly serviced and the oil is changed so it's always fresh. The problem is usually only with cars that haven't been serviced. Other seven-seaters you could look at are the Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe, or Toyota Kluger.

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Petrol or diesel Santa Fe?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Oct 2014

There is also a petrol-engined Santa Fe. The crossover point for getting the money back on diesel power is about 30,000km a year.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Santa Fe losing power

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Aug 2011

I presume there are no warning lights showing on the dash to indicate a problem; nevertheless you need a mechanic to run a diagnostic check on it. It could be something related to the intercooler, but it could be a number of other things as well, and the only way to establish what is causing the problem is to check it.

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