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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 per cent in the adult occupant category and 88 per cent 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. 

Ultimate 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. The Santa Fe Ultimate spec is also equipped with Highway Driving Assist, featuring lane-keeping assistance, smart cruise control, map data and vehicle sensors which can instigate corrective measures when required.

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’s Ioniq with similar hybrid tech finished 9th out of 75 cars in our Driver Power 2020 survey, ahead of Citroen, Mercedes and BMW, to name a few.

Warranty 

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. 

Servicing

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.

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