As long as you keep the Santa Fe as cheap as possible, it looks good value against rivals. Top-end versions are priced against 2.0-litre BMW X3s, but the big Hyundai doesn’t make as much financial sense at these prices.
The Santa Fe’s engine shouldn’t cost and arm and a leg in fuel. Its official average economy figure is more than 45mpg (with a manual gearbox), and our real-world True MPG tests show you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting near it – we managed 40.4mpg.
The manual version’s CO2 emissions aren’t too bad, but most people will opt for the automatic, which comes with a far higher figure. This means the auto isn’t a good choice for those running a Santa Fe as a company car, but in truth no version fares particularly well compared with most rivals.
The good news is that whichever Santa Fe you go for, resale values are strong, so you won’t lose as much in depreciation over three years as you would in some large SUVs.
Hyundai makes it fairly cheap to service your Santa Fe, too, because you can choose to buy a three- or five-year servicing plan when you order the car. The one-off payment covers routine servicing costs and works out cheaper than just turning up each time the servicing light comes on.