Hyundai Santa Fe review - Reliability and Safety
The new Hyundai Santa Fe has a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, it should be reliable and boasts a great warranty
The Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, scoring an impressive 94% in the adult occupant category and 88% for child occupant safety. The Santa Fe joins the Kona, Tucson and Ioniq Hybrid in Hyundai’s five-star club. Rivals from Skoda, Peugeot and Nissan are all five-star cars too.
Part of the reason for the Santa Fe’s great rating was its selection of standard active safety equipment. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is standard across the range and has pedestrian detection capabilities, while hill start and descent control systems are also standard, along with lane departure warning with lane-keep assist.
Premium models add rear-cross traffic alert and a blind-spot detection system that can actively intervene by applying the car’s brakes on either side to try to avoid a side-swipe accident. Premium SE models add similar technology to the rear-cross traffic system for an extra safety net when reversing.
It's too soon to tell how reliable the latest Santa Fe will be, but given its excellent build quality and Hyundai’s good reputation for reliability, we have few worries in this department. Hyundai finished 22nd out of 30 brands in our Driver Power 2019 survey, ahead of Citroen, Mercedes and BMW, to name a few.
All Hyundai models come with an unlimited mileage, five-year warranty that’s amongst the very best in class – especially if you plan to keep your Santa Fe for more than the average two or three years or so. Neither the Skoda Kodiaq nor the Peugeot 5008 can match this, with the former supplied with a standard three-year/60,000-mile policy and the latter a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
The Santa Fe also comes with one year of free 24-hour roadside assistance anywhere in the UK or Channel Islands, plus five free annual vehicle health checks.
Hyundai’s usual servicing pricing applies to the Hyundai Santa Fe, albeit with a £20 surcharged as applied to the larger vehicles in its range. A base service costs from £119, an interim service starts at £189 and a full service costs from £249. Optional MoTs at each service add £40 if required.
Hyundai has a range of servicing payment options; a handy online quotation system can help make budgeting to run the Santa Fe easier.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Santa Fe reviewThe Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical, well-built family SUV with seven seats and loads of standard equipment
- 2Engines, performance and driveThere’s just one diesel engine available, but it’s perfectly suited to the task
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEconomy and emissions are par for the course, but some rivals are cheaper to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyQuality and design have taken a step forward, with huge amounts of space on offer inside the Santa Fe
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Santa Fe majors on space, practicality and comfort, but the third row isn’t the most accommodating
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe new Hyundai Santa Fe has a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, it should be reliable and boasts a great warranty