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Huundai Santa Fe: purchase advice – How To Cars

Know the capital of New Mexico? It’s called La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís, or Santa Fe for short. It’s no coincidence that Hyundai’s large SUV shares the name with a US city. The Korean, which with a length of 4.80 meters already stands out in our street scene, looks downright dainty in the land of unlimited possibilities; there it is even considered a “mid-size SUV”. But the Americans like it, Hyundai sold over 112,000 copies there last year alone. Far more than new Golfs rolled onto our roads (91,621). In this country, at least 3438 customers have signed up for the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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The Hyundai attracts them with a bevy of traditional, conservative virtues: the good insulation, for example, is positive, which is ensured, among other things, by the double-glazed side windows in the front. In the highest equipment line Signature Ventilated nappa leather seats and a “roof lining in suede look” invite you to caress. The chassis wisely dispenses with feigned sportiness, the steering is rather indirect.

Hyundai Santa Fe: Plenty of space with up to seven seats

That’s how it rolls SUV also left quite calm over rougher road patches. The assistance systems include a parking assistant that santa maneuvered into tight parking spaces by remote control, a blind spot warning system with a camera display in the instrument cluster (the speedometer or tachometer then make room for a moment) and all sorts of other things. The two-tone interior also looks good, with the white leather also quickly causing worry lines on the forehead – when the first dirty spots appear clearly visible on the light-colored surface.

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There is a friendly atmosphere in the driver’s cabin, the mixture of leather and imitation leather smells good. The solid center console has only existed since the revision.


Otherwise he offers santa fe one thing above all: space. Place in row one, in row two and – if the exemplary variable rear seat is pushed a little forward – even enough on the optional seats number six and seven (1000 euros extra); At least on short trips you travel properly there. By the way: The seven-seater also comes with level control on the rear axle, USB ports and an extra climate control for the last row.

Two hybrids, one diesel – pure petrol engines have had their day

Practical: the infotainment function “rear talk” plays the voices from the front row through loudspeakers at the rear, thus ensuring better understanding. Too much of a good thing: the warning tones. It beeps and tinkles constantly. If the lane warning device loses the lines only briefly, a “bing” sounds. Here, and with the overzealous seat belt warning, should be readjusted. Especially because Hyundai otherwise seems to be trying to ensure relaxation. This also includes selectable natural sounds such as “Warm fireplace” or “The sound of the sea”.

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Two hybrid variants: the full hybrid delivers 230 hp (system performance), the plug-in 265 hp.

When it comes to drives, pure petrol engines have now had their day. The Koreans already removed the somewhat weak but inexpensive 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the price list in mid-2020. A new hybrid drive was then introduced for the facelift at the end of the year. Its 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine, combined with the 60-hp electric motor, delivers 230 hp and 350 Newton meters and offers optional all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid, which is also new, differs from the full hybrid in terms of the charging option and the larger 13.8 kilowatt hour battery, as well as its more powerful electric motor (91 hp). In the WLTP mix, it drives up to 58 kilometers purely electrically, all-wheel drive is mandatory here.

New 2.2 liter diesel with 202 hp

The 2.2-liter diesel presents itself as a completely new development. He now makes 202 hp, here are four-wheel and front-wheel drive to choose from. Incidentally, the surcharge for four driven wheels is around 2000 euros. So much for the data, but how do the drives fare in practice? The diesel, the weakest on paper, makes the most alert and lively impression in everyday life. The 440 Newton meters of torque are available from 1750 to 2750 revolutions, but the diesel doesn’t seem unmotivated even above that.
He also plays his shorter tiered dual clutch automatic and the lowest curb weight in comparison (1800 to 1946 kg with front-wheel drive, depending on the equipment) in the cards. A pre-facelift model covered 100,000 kilometers in our long-term test and received a grade of 2. Consumption? 7.4 liters of diesel/100 km at the end of the test. In the hybrid duo, meanwhile, a somewhat more comfortable driving impression is created. Contributing to this are the automatic torque converter with its slightly slower shift changes and the partially electric drive with quieter engine noise. The pleasant silence only gives way under full load, when the four-cylinder is not loud, but sounds a bit strained and high-pitched in the interior.

In the case of a full hybrid, both engines skilfully work together

The interaction of the combustion engine and the electric drive in the full hybrid is harmonious. While its reduced performance is hardly significant in everyday use, both engines work skillfully together here and don’t get in each other’s way. The control electronics of the plug-in, on the other hand, sometimes seem a bit more hectic when they have to harmonize the power flows.

At the same time, it didn’t really work out for us to cover several kilometers at a time purely electrically in E mode – the combustion engine kept switching on despite a full battery. Hyundai says it could have been because the air conditioning was on. Either way, with a 21 degree slope angle, you are not locally completely emission-free. With a charging capacity of 3.3 kW, the battery is full in six and a half hours when plugged into a domestic socket.

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4-cylinder, turbo diesel/2151 cm3

8-speed dual clutch automatic

181 g/km • Euro 6d ISC FCM

Lowest purchase price paired with the beefiest acceleration and the highest top speed – good arguments for the diesel. In addition, there is a dual-clutch automatic that scores with fast shift changes. Tensile load up to 2.5 tons. Longer service intervals: every two years or 30,000 km.

4-cylinder, turbo petrol engine/1598 cm3 + E-Mot

6-speed automatic converter

172 g/km • Euro 6d-ISC-FCM

Full hybrid without a plug, 230 hp system performance. Works with a six-speed automatic, which, due to the concept, switches a little slower. Both engines play together smoothly. The maintenance intervals are shorter for both hybrids, annually or every 15,000 kilometers. All-wheel drive is only available from Trend. Towing capacity: up to 1650 kilos.

4-cylinder, turbo petrol engine/1598 cm3 + E-Mot.

6-speed automatic converter

1.6 l Super/100 km + 18.1 kWh electricity

36.9 g/km • Euro 6d ISC FCM

Plug-in hybrid, the electric motor is more powerful than in the full hybrid, here it delivers 91 hp instead of 60 hp. The interaction also works well – but sometimes the electronics take a little longer to decide which of the two motors should now deliver power. Purely electric WLTP range: 58 kilometers. Tensile load: up to 1350 kilograms.


The HTRAC all-wheel drive system is a clutch that, when closed, can send up to 50 percent of the power to the rear axle. Three “Terrain” and three “Drive” modes can be selected via the driving mode switch, which also influence the power distribution. In Eco mode, the drive no longer transfers power to the rear in order to save fuel.

Four Lines Plus packages

Select and trend are the names of the two lower equipment lines, but the first clearly lacks comfort. No navigation system, no heated seats, not even for an extra charge. That’s how it could be santa fe also not resell well. Trend then offers all these valuable basics: leather seats (partly imitation leather), blind spot warning, front seat heating, keyless go, full LED headlights and more for an additional charge of 4650 euros. If you want navigation, ventilated front seats, front seat heating, 360-degree camera and electric tailgate, you can go straight to the Prime (10,200 euros) – or add these extras in the form of the three optional packages for the trend.
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Driverless maneuvering with a key: The parking assistant often proves to be useful in tight spaces. He can only drive straight ahead and backwards, not steer.


Of the Signature (12,550 euros) offers not only the parking assistant (optional for Prime) but also Chichi, including, for example, the aforementioned nappa leather. The plug-ins have a special position because they already offer more in the lower two lines ex works, for example the navigation system – a look at the table on page 59 makes this clear. But the Prime equipment makes sense here too, because this line with 6550 euros costs a correspondingly lower surcharge.

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Buyer’s guide to the Hyundai Santa Fe


Freshly introduced for the new model year, Hyundai recently introduced individual seats for row two as an alternative to the seven-seater santa fe becomes a six-seater (1500 euros). For the middle seats, this brings the comfort of their own armrests, and it makes it even easier for the passengers in the very back to get in. So would we with that santa fe drive smoothly to New Mexico.

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