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Hyundai Santa Fe review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The new hybrid models offer big tax savings for business users

The pre-facelift Hyundai Santa Fe’s single 2.2-litre diesel engine is a good performer, but there’s a lot of weight to move around and that impacts on its overall economy. You can expect circa 40mpg and CO2 emissions in the 151-170g/km range.

WLTP figures for the new 2WD mild-hybrid variant show fuel economy is not greatly improved, with Hyundai quoting 44.1mpg for the 2WD models, and 40.4mpg for the 4x4. There’s better news in the lower CO2 figures of 145g/km (2WD) and 159g/km (4x4), which means hybrid owners face first year VED/road tax costs of £205(2WD) and £530(4x4). Buy one of the run-out diesel versions and Hyundai’s figures show you’ll be looking at a £1,345 bill.  

Move up to the PHEV version, and you’ll not only benefit from exceptional fuel efficiency - as long as you can keep the battery charged - but extremely low CO2 figures too. Of course, the PHEV’s 173.7mpg combined figure flies out of the window on journeys long enough to deplete the plug-in’s battery, when you’ll be back in the territory of the mild-hybrid’s mpg figures. However, if your daily commute falls within the PHEV’s 36-mile electric range, you’ll be in clover - especially as a business car driver. As well as a zero rating for VED, the PHEV’s super-low 37g/km CO2 rating means a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 11 per cent.

Insurance groups

Insurance costs could be slightly higher than those of the Santa Fe’s closest rivals; 2020 model-year diesels sit in groups 39/40 and while groups for the new hybrids are still to be confirmed we think they’re likely to be similar. By contrast, the Skoda Kodiaq starts in insurance group 12 and climbs to around group 24 for the most expensive, non-vRS versions.


Depreciation had the potential to be a bit of a sticking point for those choosing the Santa Fe over its rivals, especially in the case of the most expensive models. After 36 months of ownership, a top-spec four-wheel-drive Premium SE model with an automatic ‘box is predicted to lose just over 46% of its value when it comes to trade-in time – that’s the equivalent of just over £20,000. We’ll have to wait and see if the hybrid models are able to perform any better.

However, it’s worth noting that top-spec Kodiaq models are only predicted to hang on to around 45-48% of their list price after the same period. Values for the Peugeot 5008 sit at around 41-46%

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