Are Hyundai Santa Fe reliable cars

Test report: Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDI 7-seater

In Austria, the success story of Hyundai is very closely linked to the Santa Fe, and the first generation has already achieved considerable sales success. In the meantime, the fourth generation has come onto the market, which only has the name in common with its predecessor. The new Santa Fe is superior to its predecessor in every direction. Despite a gain in dynamism, it is even more spacious and also offers safety equipment that is impressive. The design pleases with a successful mix of sportiness, beefiness and elegance.

We chose the top version of the Santa Fe for our test. The list price is 60,990 euros, which is not exactly cheap at first glance. But if you look at the standard equipment, the price is very quickly put into perspective. Optionally, we only had a metallic paintwork and the leather upholstery in "Burgundy" on board, which increases the total price to 62,040 euros.

In return, nothing is missing, and the Santa Fe has everything on board that you can only get from the competition for an extra charge. Among other things, our test vehicle has already been equipped with LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, air-conditioned leather seats, a panoramic glass sunroof, an 8 "touchscreen, incl. Navigation system, the Krell premium sound system, a keyless system, a 360-degree camera, a heated leather steering wheel, 19 "alloy wheels and much more.

What already reads so smoothly is also a stunner in practice. The Santa Fe enchants with its exclusive touch at first glance. Everything feels a lot like premium class and puts the purchase price into perspective again. You feel at home straight away and you can quickly find your way around. It's really amazing how Hyundai manages, despite so many functions, to accommodate everything in such a way that you can find your way without looking at the logbook. The 8 "touchscreen is a dream. It is not only easy to use, but also has a very good display. The partly digital speedometer unit also shines with a beautiful display and good readability.

The workmanship corresponds to the premium class, as does the noise insulation, which hardly allows any disturbing noises to penetrate the interior, even at high freeway speeds. The air-conditioned leather seats in the first row and the heated seats in the second row were also convincing. All five passengers sit very comfortably and are happy about the space. Our test vehicle was even equipped with seven seats, but these additional seats are no longer suitable for adults on long journeys.

If you fill all seven seats, you still have 130 liters of storage space available, if you are five people there is 547 liters of storage space, and if you want to use the Santa Fe as a packhorse and only travel with two people, you can look forward to 1,625 liters of storage space. It is also practical that the tailgate opens as soon as you briefly linger behind the car with the key in your pocket. This saves you the annoying "wiggling around" with your feet underneath the bumper, as is necessary with some other vehicles in order to open the tailgate without your hands. The very positive impression of the interior is rounded off with many shelves, even a wireless charging option for smartphones is standard on board.

For the engine, we have chosen the powerful 2.2 liter 4-cylinder diesel with 200 HP (147 kW) output, which can be combined with a manual 6-speed gearbox or an 8-speed automatic. We definitely recommend the automatic, this goes perfectly with the spacious Hyundai SUV. The gears are changed very gently and quickly, and those who call up full power sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.4 seconds. The forward thrust only ends at 205 km / h.

The pulling power is also very fine, and those who accelerate from medium speeds get very agile driving performance. After all, the engine spoils between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm with 440 Nm of torque. The driver can choose between different driving modes, each of which gives the vehicle a different character. Whereby the Santa Fe can actually convince in every mode and delivers a good set-up. From the outset, it is very harmoniously tuned and offers a lot of driving comfort, but also perfect road holding and conveys a lot of sportiness for an SUV of this class.

Thanks to the HTRAC all-wheel drive, the Santa Fe brings the power perfectly to the road under all conditions. We were able to test it in severe winter road conditions and were thrilled. Where pedestrians feel their feet are already slippery, the Santa Fe remains confidently on track. Despite its size of 477 cm, the SUV is not only very agile to move, it is also very clear, and the 360-degree camera allows you to park it perfectly in tight parking spaces.

If you move the Santa Fe in eco mode, you can even achieve the 6.3 liter average consumption specified by the factory. We did without the eco mode and got 7.3 liters per 100 kilometers, which is very good for a car of this size and performance class.

The security systems in the Santa Fe are also convincing. Regardless of whether it is the active lane departure warning system, the reversing assistant with emergency braking function or the adaptive cruise control, all systems work extremely reliably and precisely. The blind spot warning, which is also connected to the head-up display and shows when a vehicle is in the blind spot, is also very fine.

In our test, the new Hyundai Santa Fe really impressed across the board. In addition to the sleek look, the large SUV also pleases with classy equipment at a premium level, plenty of space and a very fine drive. So the Santa Fe is definitely a good choice in a hotly contested segment. It can easily compete with the German premium competition and offers many details that are missing from the competition, such as the blind spot warning in the head-up display or simple operation despite many functions.

What we like:

The design, the classy equipment, the great safety equipment, the space, the all-wheel drive, the automatic, the performance

What we don't like:

That we got used to the advantages of the Santa Fe so quickly that it was difficult to return it ...

Test certificate:

Equipment security: 1
Equipment comfort: 1
Consumption: 1-
Mileage: 1-
Driving behavior: 1
Processing: 1
Available space for driver / co-driver: 1
Space in the back seat: 1
Trunk: 1
Shelves: 1
Clarity: 1-