Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
57-reg , Owner for 1 to 3 years

Car is excellent value for money! And
good looking as well. My only niggle was
built in DVD player. Had to be replaced
twice in the time I have had car. Both times with a very lengthy wait! DVD players can't be hard to come by can they?!

Makes me wonder what it would be like if
car wasn't so mechanically sound? Would
parts be hard to come by under warranty.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have had 3 sante fe's now and although I do around 35k miles a year, I have never had a problem. For a big 4x4, I think the costs are low. I average 33 to the gallon but easily get over 40 on the motorway. services are only every 20k miles which keeps costs down.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

I bought it to replace the equivalent 5 year old model which I had had from new, and which was completely reliable! I would very much like better fuel consumption, but have this car because it's needed to tow a large (heavy) twin-axle caravan!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good practical family car. Like the quirky styling. It is much less tiring to drive over any distance or in traffic than our other car (a BMW). It's only big fault is the lack of a central 3 point seatbelt in the rear (it only has a lapbelt).

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

My Santa Fe has really surprised me, it is totally reliable, excellent quality (Considering what most people used to think of a Hyundai), it is pleasant to drive, and all of my friends and family have been very impressed with the car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The reliability has been superb, the car starts firts time, everytime and has never let me down once. 35 mpg for a big car is very good. I have not had to pay for any spare parts, apart from filters when the car was serviced.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only one software problem when new relating to cruise control which could not be correcetd for circa 12 mos otherwise excellent. Seem good 12k service less than ł175 otherwise no other spend in 18 mos.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I think the does exactly what it is intended to do. I have owned Jaguars and volvo,s and i am very impressed with Hyundai ,s
sales people and service department, never been treated so well.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems whatsoever. Need a heavy car for caravan towing but as is also used solo for work and other pleasure cost are important. this car will return 50+ driven properly on distance runs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg , Owner for Less than a year

this is my second santa fe the previous i had 5 and half years of completely trouble free and reliable motoring hopefully this newer model will be as good this the mk2.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Small persisting problem with surge otherwise no problems. It does what is asked of it in an economic and reliable way with no untoward costs and good long warranty.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
54-reg , Owner for 3 to 5 years

It has been a very reliable 'does what it says on the box' car. However, the fuel efficiency was pretty poor. The new generation Santa Fes are better still!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Reliable, never had a problem of any sort, rattle free, tyres last over 50,000 miles, comfortable, spacious and the best SUV for the money.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had a few problems with air con, central locking and collapsed condenser. More expensive to run than expected.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Apart from the initial problems I love the car. I would not rate the aftercare given by our Hyundai dealership

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Hyundai has been one of the most reliable brands I have driven. For a big 4x4 it's not unreasonable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

fab for a single mum with her own business, plenty of space, cheap to run and no major problems

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall an excellent car but let down by some niggling electrical issues and battery problems.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Better than expected.
If possible i park next to BMW X5's and ask how reliable it has been??

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Excellent - only teething problem was satnav and that was fixed in a few days

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent all round 4x4 ,very reliable & extremely good value for money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Had to have bushes replaced & alternator. Fair pricing at dealership.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Had a santa fe before this one never a problem. 40 a week on deisel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

A bit greedy on fuel but overall very reliable and good to drive

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No faults apart from electrical failure of one window. Very low.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic Car with a 5 year warranty and very good build quality

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

shape not good. clutch problem. not up to date with tecnolgey.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing to report. 100% reliable. no issues. As expected.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best 4x4 for the money I have ever driven.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Totally reliable. Fuel ok. nothing else.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problemse. Servicing bit pricey.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems since purchase

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No faults in 12 months

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A pleasure to drive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5