The Korean firm’s alternative to the Kia Sorento and the Nissan X-Trail is a handsome yet practical vehicle for hauling seven people about. But how large is it exactly? We’ve taken an in-depth look at all of the vital stats for Hyundai’s largest four-wheel drive offering.
While it may look like a big, bulky SUV from the outside, in terms of overall length it isn’t quite as vast as you might expect. In fact, it’s 217mm shorter than a BMW 5 Series, so out on the road it never feels like a tricky car to handle. Better still, thanks to the raised driving position, the view of the road ahead gives the driver plenty of confidence.
There are two variants of the Santa Fe: one equipped with five seats, and another with seven. In five-seat mode there’s plenty of space for everyone: leg, head and shoulder room is plentiful. Occupants in the third row will find things just slightly more cramped, but the middle row of three seats can slide forward, making rear legroom adequate as long as those in front are kind enough to compromise slightly.
With all seven seats in place, boot space is pretty minimal, but the same applies to rivals like the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento. Even when not in use, carrying those extra two seats has an adverse effect on boot space, marginally raising the height of the boot floor.
They are perfect for occasional use though, because the boot still measures 516 litres in five seat mode. If you haven’t spent the £1,200 for the extra chairs, the five-seater Santa Fe presents a very impressive 585 litre load bay – 36 litres more than you’ll find in the X-Trail.
|5 Seats up (5/7 seater versions)||585/516 litres|
|Seats down (5/7 seater versions)||1,680/1,615 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
A car like the Santa Fe is never going to be able to turn as tightly as a supermini, but if manoeuvrability is a concern, the X-Trail’s ability to turn around 70cm more tightly than the Hyundai might be worth bearing in mind.
In five-seat mode and equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox, the Santa Fe will achieve a claimed 46.3mpg. Driven with a gentle right foot, that means it should be able to drive for about 650 miles on a full tank of diesel.
|Turning circle||11.9 metres|
|Fuel tank||64 litres|
Santa Fe towing weight and kerb weight
There is only one engine option for the Santa Fe – a 194 horsepower 2.2-litre turbo diesel – so as a result weights throughout the range don’t vary drastically. The 72 kilo difference between the lightest and heaviest models is due to a combination of two extra seats and an automatic gearbox.
With a towing limit of 2,500 kilos for braked trailers, the Santa Fe makes for a very useful tow car, and the 322lb ft of torque on offer means that it won’t struggle to haul whatever is asked of it. It’s worth bearing in mind that the manual gearbox is the one to choose if towing is your intention – the automatic has a braked limit of 2,000kg.
|1,929kg (manual 5 seat)||2,001kg (auto 7 seat)|
|Braked trailer||2,500kg (auto 2,000kg)|
Save money on the Santa Fe
If the Santa Fe has measured up to your expectations so far, then our detailed review should help you to find out what else it has to offer. Then build one in our Santa Fe configurator to see how much you could save on the Hyundai’s list price.