2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 20, 2021

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Exactly two decades ago, when people started accepting SUVs as a body style that is actually utilitarian and affordable. Hyundai entered the market with the Santa Fe, a midsize SUV made for America. The SUV did well in the first two generations but a sales spike was seen in 2014 when the Korean manufacturer introduced driver assistance and advanced safety systems in its midsize SUV.

Since the current model has had many notable changes from its predecessor, there are fewer expectations to see anything new in the 2022 Santa Fe. Though Hyundai gives some of the best exterior changes to its vehicles, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe looks stunning enough to be carried over for the upcoming year. 

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Pros

Beautiful exterior

Decent power and performance

Well-designed and comfortable interior

Highly utilitarian and standard safety features

Cons

Unenjoyable ride

Infotainment screen may lag sometimes

What's New?

No official changes announced by Hyundai

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to be a carryover of its 2021 iteration


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26275

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

191 hp @6100 rpm

torque

181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $26,275 Est. onwards

191 hp @6100 rpm |

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe in Stormy Sea color 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe in Autumn Shimmer color 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe in Quartz White color
Stormy Sea

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


This Korean SUV is one of its kind and has limited competition but popular car brands from all over the world are already in the business in the affordable luxury SUV segment and that includes names like the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Features

As a carryover model from 2021, we don’t expect the Hyundai Santa Fe to receive any changes whatsoever, and that applies to its trim lineup as well. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe should go for sale across 4 trims, offering AWD at an extra cost for all variants but the top trim - Calligraphy - which gets AWD as standard. Unlike other Hyundai models, even the Base or SE variant of the Santa Fe is excellently equipped, making the higher trims incredibly worth having.

Trims

SE

SEL

Limited

Calligraphy

MSRP 

$27,750

$28,650

$38,600

$41,500

Features

Automatic LED headlights with LED Accents and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

In addition to/replacing features in the SE trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the SEL trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Limited trim:

 

High Beam Assist

Heated front seats

Heated rear seats

Dark chrome door handles

 

Body Color side-view mirrors and door handles

Heated side-view mirrors

Integrated Memory System (IMS) for driver seat

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

Rear Privacy Glass

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

8-way power passenger seat

Quilted premium Nappa leather seating surfaces

 

Cloth seats

Optional leather-appointed seats

Ventilated front seats

Eco-suede microfiber headliner

 

6-way manually adjustable driver seat

8-way power adjustable driver seat

Projector LED headlamps with accents and DRLs

Parking Distance Warning – Forward and Reverse

*expected

We Recommend

The Hyundai Santa Fe can come off as a rather mundane commuter car, despite its flashy looks and sedate driving experience. Hyundai knows this too and offers a turbocharged engine in the Calligraphy and Limited trims, at an additional cost of course. Nevertheless, the stronger powertrain almost feels necessary after you’ve tried it, and probably feels that way well before you do as well. We recommend you go with the Limited trim for all the features you’d want and expect from a manufacturer such as Hyundai. However, if you like the prospect of added luxury that you would find in let’s say, a Genesis, you could be quite satisfied with the top-spec Calligraphy trim. 

Price

Since no major changes are happening, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will be similarly priced as the current MY. Starting from the base SE trim, it will cost $27,750 whereas the new top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim will start from $41,500 and its powertrain-upgraded model with 19-inch wheels can go up to $43,000. The mid-level SEL and Limited trims will start from $28,650 and $38,600 respectively. Moreover, AWD can be added as an option at $1700 extra.

Release date

Though there has been no official news about the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe, it is expected to arrive early in 2022 and will most probably be introduced late in 2021.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine and Performance

For 2022, the Santa Fe lineup will mostly carry forward the same engine lineup as it has recently been updated for the current model. The base trims get a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 191 HP power and 181 lb-ft of torque while the trims from Limited and above that adds a turbocharger to the same engine and squeezes out a good 281 HP of power while the torque is doubled-up to 311 lb-ft. Paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive as standard, the Korean SUV has the edge over most of its rivals whereas the new PHEV variant comes standard with all-wheel drive. The AWD is optional for an additional price of $1,700 and is available on all other models.

The standard 2.5L engine is supposed to accelerate the SUV from 0-60 MPH in around 7.5 seconds, the turbocharged counterpart does it approximately in 6 seconds and covers 1/4th of a mile in 14.5 seconds. The former can reach top speeds of 127 MPH whereas the latter goes a unit or two above 130 MPH. The current MY Santa Fe has a very family-friendly ride as the suspension feels softer than usual for a plush and zippy ride. This setup is so good that there is hardly any road noise audible in the cabin. Talking about handling, the SUV feels good while turning and the steering reacts quickly to inputs.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe*

2021 Mazda CX-5*

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

MSRP**

$27,750.00

$26,000.00

$28,500.00

$26,000.00

Engine

2.5L inline 4-cylinder

2.5L inline 4-cylinder

1.5L turbocharged inline 4

2.0L turbocharged in-line 4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT-automatic

8-speed automatic

Drivetrain

FWD/ AWD

FWD/ AWD

FWD/ AWD

FWD/ AWD

Power (HP@RPM)

191@6100

187@6000

190@5600

184@4400

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

181@4000

186@4000

179@2000

221@1600

**expected price *2021 MY data for reference

The Volkswagen and Mazda have a standard engine provided which produces a very similar power but the Tiguan has more torque added to it because of its turbocharged engine. A similar but very close battle is fought between the Santa Fe and CR-V. However, the turbocharged 2.5L in the Santa Fe is the best performing engine of all.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

The engine that currently powers the Hyundai SUV has ample MPG figures for an SUV. Because the engine is the same in the upcoming model, these figures will also be carried over to 2022 MY. The 2.5L inline 4-cylinder provides an average MPG of 25 in the city and 28 on the highway for Santa Fe FWD model whereas the AWD setup lowers the numbers to 22 and 25 respectively. 

Besides, the 2.5T badged Santa Fe with FWD manages to pull off 22 miles to a gallon in the city and 28 on the highway whereas the AWD models have 21 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway. Along with this, the midsize SUV from Hyundai has an 18.8 gallon fuel tank capacity that gives it an adequate range.

Model

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe*

2021 Mazda CX-5*

2021 Honda CR-V*

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

MPG (city)

25

24

28

23

MPG (highway)

28

30

34

29

MPG (combined)

26

26

30

25

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.8

15.3

14.0

15.3

Range in miles (city/ highway/ combined)

470.0/ 526.4/ 488.8

367.2/ 459.0/ 397.8

392.0/ 476.0/ 420.0

351.9/ 443.7/ 382.5

*2021 MY data for reference

Since Santa Fe has the biggest fuel tank and some decent MPG figures, it offers the best range when compared. The CX-5 and Tiguan have a tight battle between them as both of them have the same tank capacity but because Mazda has better MPG than the Volkswagen, it gives that much more range. On the other hand, Honda’s CR-V could have competed with the Hyundai as it has the best MPG figures but because of the smallest tank, its range is limited.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

The upcoming Santa Fe will most likely have the same interior as the 2021 MY. While the current model has the same dashboard as its predecessor, it still looks pretty good and modern to be carried over for the 2022 MY. However, the current Santa Fe gets an upgraded center console that now sits higher with the gear lever replaced by a panel that includes buttons to select the gear, this makes a lot of room at the lower half of the front cabin and that makes space for some under console storage as well. 

This update brings all the controls closer to the driver making it easier to operate the SUV. The overall build has a simplified but good-looking appearance wherein the high-quality materials also feel very durable. Moreover, the metal trim and borders give the Santa Fe’s interior a premium and classy look. Besides that, the seating surfaces are soft and comfortable and there are quite a few convenience features like heated front and rear seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, wireless charging, and a few more options are available across the lineup. 

Additionally, the base SE and SEL trim get an 8-inch infotainment screen along with a 4.3-inch digital instrument cluster with features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, and HD radio as standard. The top trims get an updated 12.3-inch touchscreen system with many more features. With a few important upgrades on the inside, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe might get a few more colors and tones to the material used inside which could make the cabin a much better place to be in.

Model

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe*

2021 Mazda CX-5*

2021 Honda CR-V*

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

41.2/ 59.1/ 44.1

39.7/ 57.1/ 41.0

38.0/ 57.9/ 41.3

39.6/ 57.0/ 40.2

Rear row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

39.0/ 58.3/ 41.7

39.0/ 54.8/ 39.6

39.1/ 55.6/ 40.4

38.9/ 55.8/ 38.7

Trunk capacity (ft3)

36.4

30.9

39.2

37.6

*2021 MY data for reference

The Santa Fe offers the best room when compared to its rivals. Though the CR-V also reaches Hyundai's mark, Mazda has a better front room than it but the rear room is balanced well in the Honda. On the other hand, Volkswagen’s overall space seems to be the smallest as it offers the least legroom whereas the rear headroom is also way less than the others. Interior features of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • 8-way power driver seat (higher trims)
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation 
  • Optional Harman Kardon Premium Audio with 12 speakers 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • Surround View Monitor (higher trims)

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

The midsize SUV from Korea is known to have many facelifts over its lifespan but for 2022, there might not be one as the current model looks very stylish and modern. Expect the same looks on the upcoming SUV as no speculations or official information is provided yet.

Having said that, the 2021 Santa Fe looks beautiful with the front fascia having a few changes from its predecessor. Talking about them, the major change seems to be the headlights, where the signature T-shaped DRL first appears on the hood and then divides the headlight casing. The front grille is also redesigned and mates with the headlights. A piece of metal draws the boundary between the hood and the bumper. The front bumper has some simple changes but with all the chrome bits above it, the combination really looks good.

Not much is changed when it comes to sides. The wheels are new and look pleasing. The rear design also has a few touches and the one to be noticed is the center light bar that runs across the tailgate, connecting the taillights. The tail lights also have an updated casing whereas the rear bumper appears to be bulkier than before.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe*

2021 Mazda CX-5*

2021 Honda CR-V*

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

Curb weight (lbs)

3649

3552

3398

3825

Length (in)

188.4

179.1

182.1

185.1

Width (in)

74.8

72.5

73.0

72.4

Height (in)

66.3

65.4

66.1

66.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

7.5

7.8

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

108.9

106.2

104.8

109.8

*2021 MY data for reference

While the Tiguan is the heaviest of all, it is equally tall when put beside the Hyundai Santa Fe. However, the latter is the longest and widest among the group. The Honda CR-V has less weight but is comparatively longer and wider, the CX-5 has the most compact dimensions and is also closer to the ground than the rest. All in all, the Hyundai Santa Fe with its large dimensions seems to have the most striking road presence. Exterior features of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • LED headlights with LED Accents
  • Chrome accent front grille
  • Roof rails
  • Hyundai Digital Key
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear Spoiler

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety

One section that remains the same is safety and Hyundai provides the best of it. The base trim comes with some advanced systems like forward-collision assist, stop-and-go cruise control, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning with several other passive safety features. As one climbs up the trims, blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, smart parking assist, blind-spot view monitor, and surround-view monitor are a few driver-assistance safety tech which is either optional or standard, depending upon the trim.

Talking about safety ratings, the current MY of the Hyundai Santa Fe has not yet been rated by the NHTSA whereas, in IIHS ratings, it has scored “good” in all of the sections with all its crash mitigation systems provided a “superior” rating and has been chosen as the “top safety pick” for 2021 MY. This is also expected to happen for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe since it will be equipped with the same systems. Notable safety features offered in the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Forward-collision assist
  • Stop-and-go cruise control
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear-cross traffic avoidance
  • Smart Parking Assist

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mazda CX-5

Both the vehicles compete very closely in the midsize affordable luxury SUV segment. Mazda’s approach towards this segment is with a simplified and peaceful design language on the inside whereas the exteriors have sharp curves and dynamic styling. The seating is quite comfortable whereas it is more compact than the Hyundai. Moreover, there are enough safety and infotainment features provided in the CX-5 for its price.

Talking about the Santa Fe, it performs better with greater MPG figures as well. The interiors are much more attractive than the CX-5 whereas the exterior design has only been better with every facelift it has had in the past. The seating is more comfortable and the Calligraphy trim also comes with a Nappa leather. Safety and infotainment are far better in the Santa Fe and those extra bucks are indeed worth spending on a Hyundai rather than the Mazda.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Honda CR-V

The Santa Fe and CR-V are the best-known vehicles in the world of SUVs and compete neck-and-neck against each other in the segment. But a major difference is seen in the powertrain itself where Hyundai uses a powerful engine but Honda equals it with their amazing technology. Not just that, but Honda is also far more efficient than the Santa Fe. The exteriors on the CR-V look great but also appear a little plasticky and cheap, place a Santa Fe beside it and it will be clear what looks better.

This does not happen with the interior as the CR-V has an equally good setup in the cabin. However, since Hyundai has had many improvements in its interior design, the Santa Fe has upped the game for Honda. Moving to the safety features, both the vehicles are equipped with a good bunch of them. While Honda offers more standard active safety features, Hyundai focuses on quality and not quantity. Moreover, both are quite reliable but going for a brand that gives its first preference to quality would be the best choice.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is an affordable German SUV that has brilliant exterior styling with beautiful body lines running across its length, fantastically designed wheels, and simple yet elegant headlight design. The engine in the Volkswagen is also a powerful one, especially the high torque. However, Santa Fe with its optional turbocharged engine doubles the power and torque.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Hyundai’s Santa Fe have one similarity, a simple, beautiful, and practical cabin in an affordable luxury SUV. Both the SUVs are highly comfortable and have enough convenience features with a dashboard layout that is easy to operate. Hyundai has an edge over the Tiguan because it comes with various driver-assistance and active safety features. Moreover, the Hyundai is also easy on your pocket when it comes to ownership costs.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Final Verdict

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is already ahead of most of its rivals. It has a well appointed interior with a premium feel with great comfort. The midsize SUV has already perfected its exteriors whereas the powertrain options provided by Hyundai also make the vehicle stand out from the others. In addition to this, an impressive bunch of infotainment and safety tech is provided as standard on the SUV, something that is much needed in a modern vehicle. With all that, the upcoming 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will suit all of your family needs.

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