Extremely Reliable Vehicle
12/2012 DM Model Santa Fe AWD Auto Diesel
Extremely Reliable Vehicle, Very Roomy, Comfortable ride ,Fuel efficient, Quick vehicle for a diesel, Handling is solid an firm, brakes are also solid positive feel
Only One issue That they do have is they do smash rear diffs around 150-170Thous kms
Which is the only fault, its Expensive which will set you back $3900-$4200 for the Diff ONLY
The cause is due to a poorly built Diff Housing, Just ask the question if buying second hand if it has been changed
Overall it still a perfect, reliable Vehicle
Purchased in February 2020 at PrivateFleet for $21,500.00.
I never buy Hyundai ever Again
Hi, for 70thousand dollars you expect something, this is a piece of garbage, very noise on take off, body parts very loose and vibrating, after one month from purchase day, I had a problem with adaptive lights steering, has been at Phil Gilbert service for 2 weeks no one now this problem and no one now this car as this function, never been fixed, Parramatta Hyundai, never fixed, so this car is still faulty contacted Customer Care Australia, very rude, and not interested to fix the problem. So I'm saying people be very carefully when you buy a car especially $70.000 dollars.
Purchased in February 2020 at Hyundai Dealers.
Best car I’ve ever had!
I have the 2020 V6 Elite and use my car every day in heavy traffic and highway driving and everything in between. The V6 engine is wonderful and the transmission is smooth and very responsive. No turbo or diesel lag here. 206kW of power and most of it accessible at lower rev ranges. Very quiet, smooth over bumps.
Agree the lane keeping assist is annoying especially having to turn it off each time. It does work beautifully on highways though.
In short - it does everything well and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Purchased in October 2020.
Lane keep assist can't be permanently turned off
Drives me crazy that every time I get in the car I have to turn off lane keep assist. You should be able to permanently turn it off on the dash settings . Those dash settings only work everytime you drive the car. I don't need my car to drive itself I want to drive my car and I should be able to get in my car and not have to turn a button off every time. Also the bottom of the drivers door plastic is very very sharp and it ripped my leg open when I closed the door too quickly getting out . Also the plastics around the wheels hold water in the w...et and the water can still be there 24 hours later. Also the is no window washer on the rear window. Also the doors on all sides suck up dirt to the inside of the plastics and you have wash them constantly and it is very unattractive if you have guests in your car.
Purchased in November 2020 at Hyundai Dealers for $43,000.00.
Another Santa Fe with a Transmission problem
Purchased Santa Fe Highlander in 2014 No major problems until 2020 (105000kms) when the transmission broke while turning a corner. Having researched the internet, spoken to private mechanics and dealership service personnel this is a common problem which occurs around 100,000kms. I have experienced a complete lack of ownership of the problem and support from Hyundai customer care. Hyundai need to admit that this major problem is kilometer based not time based and extend the warranty for this problem to 150,000kms.
Purchased in September 2014.
Engine has cut out on my daughter's 2007 Santa Fe with 180K on the odometer twice now, leaving her stranded across a couple of busy intersections. Local Ford dealer workshop replaced the fuel filter but this hasn't fixed it. Foreman has driven the car and tested it but can't find the problem.
Purchased for $7,000.00.
The most unreliable and defect ridden car I've ever had
Bought my Santa Fe as a family run around city car. Under warranty the car broke down and couldn't be moved. The problem was a complete failure of the computer system which was replaced. Following on the car had intermittent power loss on hills and pinging. Reported this to Tynans Hyundai Sutherland servicing and was told no issues with the car. The service following the end of warranty I was told the steering wheel coupling needed replacing and a new engine mount. I questioned why such a young car with city driving would need these repairs an...d they could not tell me. I stupidly paid to have these repairs done. Car then broke down again at night while collecting my daughter from the movies. Had to leave the car at Westfields until the NRMA got it going again and back to Tynans where I was told the ERG value needed replacing (which I believe was the problem with the intermittent power loss all along and should have been fixed under warranty). A $1300 repair along with an inexplicable sudden air conditioning system failure, another $700. Final straw, the very next service after these previous repairs, Tynans find a major engine oil leak costing over $2700 to repair. Total cost of repairs on this car over the last 2 years since warranty lapsed are $5,500 not including regular servicing. I called Hyundai Customer Care about the extensive problems with the car. They couldn't have been ruder and refused to discuss the issues. Would never buy another Hyundai nor get my car serviced at Tynans Sutherland. Lessons learned and here to share: When you have a car under warranty take the car back again and again if its not right and ensure they fix it. I didn't to my determent. Its clear to me that problems are not addressed under warranty and only when the warranty ends do they tell you that your car has issues. Secondly, get a good independent mechanic to go over your car the final year of warranty to ensure the car has been serviced correctly and there are no ticking time bomb.
Average quality, good gadgets
I switched from Nissan Murano 2010 to MK 2020 Santa Fe Highlander 2.2D diesel, which is the full option variant.
Being impressed by the luxurious options when I test drove it, I purchased this demo car. It has far more options and gadgets compared to any other car in this price range. Since first day, I realized despite many sensors and options, the car felt like a cheap one, had noise coming from engine compartment which then found out was the fuel tubes oscillating on the engine fire shield. Then the noise from the driver door drove me crazy...
Purchased in February 2020 for $60,000.00.
- Santa Fe DM Elite (2012-2018)
- Verified purchase
The Santa Fe handled rough roads very well
We have had our 2014 Santa Fe since 2015, and it hasn't missed a beat except for the Sat Nav needing a (free) reinstall a few months ago. In the school holidays we took it to north WA over some very rough roads in the Pilbara region, including Mount Augustus and across from there to Tom Price. It performed beautifully, despite being loaded up with all our camping equipment and suffering one flat tyre. Some of the roads were very sandy and rocky and steep, but it kept on going. Everyone else was driving prados and patrols. The Santa Fe averaged ...7.1 L per 100 km for the journey, so it is cheap to run. We clocked up just under 5 k in 14 days of the holiday. Now the odometer is at 98 k, but it seems to run just as well as it did when purchased at 15 k. I service it once a year.
Purchased in May 2015.
Good mix of space, power, comfort, features, tech, versatility and safety
Good comfy spacious 2nd car. Versatile 7 seats, full size spare tyre, heated and ventilated seats, quilted contour electric memory leather seats with memory, lumbar support, reasonable economy for highway driving. Good turning circle and smooth ride and easy handling for size.
Purchased in May 2020 for $47,000.00.
Good quality interior, great looking from the outside as well
Comes with android auto and Apple CarPlay
Loads of safety features including brake assist and lane warnings as well as blind spot warning
Purchased in August 2017.
Hyundai Santa Fe - Rusty Parts
I bought a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe in 2020, so it's 2 years old, and the boot door gas strut brackets are already rusting badly.
I used to be in the manufacturing industry buying services like powder coating & e-coatings for brackets so i know this is cheap shoddy work.
Brackets like this should not be rusting at all for a long time, maybe if it was parked by the beach non stop for 2 years I could understand, but even then it should not happen.
I LOVE MY HYUNDAI!
We brought our Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander 2014, last year and I've loved every second of owning it. I had numerous cars in the past, but this car beats the rest. It's smooth, extremely fuel efficient, the leather seats are a dream to clean and its spacious, making it ideal for the kids in the back.
From here on in, I'd only ever purchase another Hyundai.
Purchased at Hyundai Dealers.
Great Family Car
We have had the Santa Fe for 3 years now and the car has been pretty much perfect so far, except for one problem the electric hand brake has broken and it's pretty expensive to replace, but apart from that all good.
Purchased for $35,000.00.
I Own this Santa fe highlander 2016 from last 3 years. I had first 2 years very smooth but last 1.5 years are very dissapointing. The Suv had broken down twice & had to go back where i bought it from. The Sellers are pretty honest & friendly but overall quality for brand is average. I had this Hyundai brand after long time but sorry to say its really below average . M sorry Hyundai but m not gonna recommend any of ur car to my mates or any1 i knw at all.
Very unsattiesfied & devastated customer.
Purchased in June 2016.
The contenders were Kia Sorento Si, Skoda Kodiaq sportline, Nissan trail ST-L, Toyota Kluger GXL, Hyundai Santa Fe active, and Honda CR-V Vti-l. No we werent considering the Mazda CX-9 as it just didnt appeal to us, neither did the pathfinder and especially after reports we had heard on the CVT transmission. On first impression, the Skoda Kodiaq was the one that appealed most to us. With good looks, spacious interior, simply clever features and a Refined drive chain. To be honest, I wish that I had gone with the Kodiaq, the only thing holding ...us back was the 6 month waiting list. We test drove all the other cars. The Kia has a good powertrain but just felt a bit basic, Toyota was nice, Nissan and Honda were a bit to small and compromised on boot space. So the only car left was the Santa Fe, it had a naturally aspirated 2.4l petrol making 138kw and 241nm. Test drive was nice but only got to drive it for a short time. We had read so many reviews on the Santa Fe which were somewhat positive but these were all short time loan reviews from car reviewers so hard to tell what the car would be like in the long run. Finally the day of pick up, we were pumped to finally get rid of our 2013 Toyota RAV4 for something new. Driving it home, we realised how overpriced it was for what you get. Our 36k RAV4 GXL was better equipped than our 50k Santa Fe. Things we lost were keyless entry, push start, dual aircon to name a few. We did gain some things like blindspot and lane departure warning which gave the Santa Fe a few points back. The ride was pretty good but the engine wasnt the best, It was noisier than the Kodiaq, slower and felt much less powerful which was a surprise as the Santa Fe had 6 more kw. Its not much but thought it would make a difference. The Kodiaq was also way better equipped with things like front parking sensors, led headlamps, power tailgate, keyless entry, push start and start stop technology which improves fuel economy, this would have been good in the Santa Fe as we struggled to get near the already 9.3l/100km high claim for a 4 cyl petrol SUV. Our average was more like 13.5l/100km, sometimes it even got up to around 16l/100km. This engine was way underpowered and nowhere near as pleasant as the Kodiaqs turbo 4. 2 months of ownership and we have had multiple faults with the electrical system including power windows, mirrors, sensors not working, camera display and apple carplay/android auto to name a the key faults. 6 months its been now with this disaster sitting in our driveway, 9k km on the clock, not getting used. We ended up going out and buying a demo Kodiaq sportline fully optioned for around 4K more than we paid for the Santa Fe. This car has absolutely everything that you could possibly want. It is much more fuel efficient than the Santa Fe with averse sitting around 9l/100km, more pleasurable and easier to drive. on specs, it would compare more to the $13,000 more expensive Santa Fe highlander. Yet, it still gains some things that the Santa Fe doesnt have which induce umbrellas in the door, door protectors, side door airbags and curtain airbags that extend to the third row. We have now had the Kodiaq 4 months, Santa Fe 10 months and still having problems with the Santa Fe. Not a single problem with the Kodiaq. I would recommend the Kodiaq over the Santa Fe any day of the week. Never again will I buy a Hyundai and I cant wait to get rid of this waste of money.
Purchased in November 2018.
Luxurious family car
Ive had my car since Jan 2016. I still genuinely love driving it. Its smooth, comfortable and luxurious. At this price point, nothing compares.
Ive had no major issues with the car but the after sales service is poor. There was a minor electric issue with a switch which was replaced at a service, under warranty. Occasionally the screen freezes which they dont seem to want to fix but its very sporadic and doesnt happen often.
Power and Economy
I've had my 2010 CM 2.2 turbo diesel for four years now. It had nearly 200,000km on it when I purchased it and now has nearly 317,000km. Needless to say I do a lot of driving. The power is excellent although perhaps excessive as I have wheelspin issues at times. It tows beautifully (perhaps what all that torque is designed for) and does everything it should. Replaced the timing chain just before 300,000km but otherwise had nothing other than regular servicing. Extremely happy with this vehicle, but I would say to people who are looking at buyin...g these, I service mine every 7,500km and I drive it a lot and hard, that's what diesels like. I also regularly have the fuel system serviced/cleaned. If you like to drive hard and do lots of Km's I highly recommend!
Purchased in December 2015 at JMC for $16,000.00.
- Santa Fe TM Highlander (2018-2021)
- Verified purchase
We upgraded our five year old Hyundai Santa Fe to the new 2019 Highlander 2.2 Diesel three weeks ago and we love it, even more than we fell in love with our first Santa Fe.
It has all the safety features and more than you think you will need but I often use them, including the lane assist and I love the convenience. I admit we were spoilt when upgrading our car as not many of the SUV,s boast all the mod cons that our original SantaFe had nor for the price. My hubby and I have owned several car makes prior including Nissan, Toyota, Jeep, Holden...
Purchased in July 2019 at John Hughes Car Sales for $70.00.
Loved this car
Bought a 2016 D Sante Fe Highlander and it is the best car I have ever owned.
Loved the reactive cruise control plus all the safety features of this car.
Cannot rate it highly enough.
Love Love Love it!
Purchased in August 2016 at Hyundai Dealers for $56,000.00.
Questions & Answers
I have had mine (2015 model) for just over 5 years and am having to replace diff pushers and diff pushing for over $2000. Warranty expired in August just gone and was told that I must have been driving on the beach, or over some terrain by Hyundai. They are refusing to cover it. RAC said that he has heard this is common with Hyundai sante fe cars.
Vehicle shuts down after 15 minutes idling turbo changed after market did not come with pre sensor positioning would this cause shut down?
|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||19" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.5 L/100km||9.3 L/100km||7.5 L/100km||7.5 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||71 L||71 L||71 L||71 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.2L||4 Cylinder 2.4L||4 Cylinder 2.2L||4 Cylinder 2.2L|
|Max Power||147kW @ 3800rpm||138kW @ 6000rpm||147kW @ 3800rpm||147kW @ 3800rpm|
|Max Torque||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm||241Nm @ 4000rpm||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm||185 mm||185 mm||185 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018|
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