Used Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2001 - 2006 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Ownership cost

2001 - 2006 review
Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
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Ownership cost

What used Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4?

The Santa Fe was keenly priced as a new car and lost value fairly quickly, so used ones are very affordable.

It's a 4x4 and they're complicated bits of kit, but even by class standards, a Santa Fe is costly to maintain. A Kia Sorento, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and most Land Rover Freelanders will be cheaper. Still, at least Hyundai's five-year warranty should remove the risk of unexpected repair costs on many used Santa Fes.

Ownership costs were one of the few areas of criticism in a JD Power customer satisfaction survey, and the 2.7 V6 model adds 25mpg thirst to the above-average servicing costs. The four-cylinder 2.4 is only slightly easier on the wallet, at 29mpg. However, the 2.0 turbodiesel should be good for about 40mpg, so there are no complaints there.

The diesel is also the cheapest to insure in group 11, with the 2.7 slotting into group 13 and the 2.4 in group 12.