2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV

MSRP $33,750 - $45,360

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is Hyundai’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. It uses the same design as seen on the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gasoline engines. The 2022 model might see some exterior design refreshments in the front. The car has redesigned front and rear ends, and new headlamps and tail lights. The Santa Fe, as an overall package, is very well made and is one of the best cars to choose for the year 2021.

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Pros

Well-appointed interior

larger touchscreens

potent powertrain combination

Cons

Significant price hike over non-hybrid variant

okay-ish range

firm ride

What's New?

All-new offering from Hyundai

Redesigned front and rear

Addition of a charge port feature

New grille

Redesigned headlamps and tail lights


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Blue$33,750 onwards

Base$35,000 onwards

SEL Premium$37,810 onwards

SEL Convenience$39,350 onwards

Limited$45,360 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV in Cardinal Red color
Cardinal Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 5-seater Santa Fe is larger than the typical compact crossover but not as big as a mid-size SUV. The Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) variant, however, has one thing that sets it apart from the hybrid variant: it is more dependent on the electric part of it. The PHEV offers slightly more range as well. It is a great choice for people looking for a more fuel-efficient five-seater SUV. The PHEV variant goes up against some very efficient PHEVs like the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV and the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Features

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is expected to be offered in two trims, SEL and Limited. Standard equipment on the trims will include roof rails, heated side mirrors, air conditioning, heated front seats, power adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlamps, cruise control, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, Hyundai digital key,etc.

Trim

Base

Limited

MSRP (expected)

$35,000

$37,500

Key Features

LED headlamps

Upgrades/Adds to Base trim

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration

Panaromic sunroof

 

18-inch wheels

Leather seating surfaces

 

Keyless entry/ start

Heated and ventilated seats

 

Adjustable steering wheel

Heated rear outboard seats

 

Cruise Control

Remote smart parking assist

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The Limited trim is the better pick of the two. For a little bump in price, the trim offers extra interior and exterior features and better safety systems as well.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV will be powered by the same engine that powers the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, the G4F III SmartStream turbocharged 1.6 L gasoline direct injection engine in the PHEV variant. This engine is tuned to produce 177 horses. The electric motor, a 66.9 kW unit, works in conjunction with the engine to produce a total power output of 260 horsepower. The torque output on the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV stands at 258 lb-ft. The transmission is expected to be the newly developed 6-speed automatic transmission, specially made to work with this hybrid setup. The Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV uses the HTRAC AWD system as standard. Also, there is no gear shifter on the inside, the car uses the shift-by-wire feature.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV (Expected)

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Base MSRP

$35,000 - $37,500

$33,040

$38,100

$36,295

Engine

Turbocharged 1.6L Plug-in Hybrid I-4

Turbocharged 2.5L Plug-in Hybrid I-4

Turbocharged 2.5L Plug-in Hybrid I-4

Turbocharged 2.4L Plug-in Hybrid I-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed auto

ECVT automatic 

8-Speed auto

1-speed automatic

Horsepower

260 hp

221 hp @ 6,250 rpm

302 hp @ 6,000 rpm

117 hp @ 4,500 rpm

Torque

290 lb-ft

155 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

165 lb.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

137 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

N/A

8.7

5.7

9.2

Quarter Mile (Sec)

N/A

17.4

N/A

17.2

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

119

120

120

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is priced very aggressively in this segment. The Toyota is the most expensive car in the lot, asking a premium of over $5000 to the rival cars. However, the premium gives good performance and makes it the fastest car here. There are no performance values available for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV.

The Toyota produces the most power in this lot. The Santa Fe is around 40 horses low, but it produces the most torque at 290 lb-ft. The Santa Fe has the smallest engine of the lot. The Ford uses a FWD setup, and the Outlander has a single gear.

How does the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV handle?

The Santa Fe has been a good handler, and we expect the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV to be the same. However, the 258 lb-ft of torque should provide some punch. The battery pack is located under the floor, which should help with better stability and control. The battery pack location helps with low center of gravity and better weight distribution, thus allowing for a better ride quality. 

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV was recently given the Range rating by EPA, and the numbers are impressive. The car has 30 miles of EV range, and combined driving range of 440 miles. The combined fuel economy rating (electric+gas) stands at 76 MPGe and at 33 mpg for only gasoline. The gasoline car has a gas capacity of 18.8-gallons. The PHEV variant might see a little reduction in the capacity.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV (Expected)

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

MPG (city)

33

37

36

N/A

MPG (highway)

32

44

40

N/A

MPG (combined)

33

41

38

26

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.8*

12

14.5

11.3

Range (city/highway/combined) (miles)

620.4*/827.2*/440

444/528/492

522/580/551

N/A/N/A/320

*2021 figures used for reference

The PHEV model is all-new for 2022. Comparatively, the Ford offers an astounding 41 mpg combined, the best in class. The RAV4 is second-best, and the Santa Fe offers a decent 33 mpg combined. The Outlander offers the least at 23 mpg combined. However, the Santa Fe PHEV has the most range, and we expect this to be similar on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV as well.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Interior

8.0/10

The interior on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is similar to the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe PHEV is a five-seater car. The interior is very upscale, unlike what one would see on Hyundai cars. The car gets cloth upholstery on the SEL trim, whereas the Limited trim gets leather upholstery. The car gets a lot of soft-plastic surfaces that give it a polished look and are top in terms of quality and fit and finish. Creature comforts such as heated rear seats, panoramic sunroof, wireless charging are available.

The seats are well-cushioned and offer a lot of support. The interiors are roomy, airy and spacious.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV (Expected)

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

41.2/59.1/44.1*

40/57.6/42.4

39.5/57.8/41

40.9/56.4/40.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.0/58.3/41.7*

39.3/56/38.9

39.5/56.4/37.8

38.3/56/37.9

Cargo Capacity (ft cu)

N/A

30.7

37.6

30.4

*2022 Standard Model used for reference

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV’s interior space is decent. The front boasts of the most headroom and legroom at 41.2 inches and 44.1 inches respectively. Though these figures are of the gasoline 2022 Santa Fe, we expect the same on the PHEV variant as well. In the second row, the Toyota offers the most headroom whereas the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV has the most legroom among the four at 41.7 inches. The cargo space is not yet known, but we expect it to be around 35 cu-ft. For now, it’s the Toyota RAV4 that provides the most cargo space at 37.6 cu-ft. Some interior features on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV are:

  • Leather seats
  • Cruise control
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power release for the second row
  • Heated and power adjustable steering wheel

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is well-made keeping all necessary features in mond. The car gets a 8-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a power meter in place of the engine rpm gauge on the SEL trim. The Limited trim gets a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are expected as standard. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD cluster is also available. The car gets a KRELL speaker system, wireless infotainment, BlueLink and navigation system.

Some features are:

  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation
  • KRELL sound system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • BlueLink
  • SiriusXM

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV will carry over the 2022 Santa Fe design styling. Some minor changes to the front and rear are expected, with new headlamps and tail light designs. The car’s design language is solid: with sharp lines and some distinctive features. The front houses a very unique headlamp design and placement. This is now seen on most Hyundai SUVs, but the quirkiness of the design takes a little getting used to. The chrome grille with the thick silver lines running across suit well. A look from the side, and you see the well-designed 19-inch alloy wheels housed in large wheel arches. The shoulder line is sharp and flows all the way to the rear tail lamps. The roof neatly integrates into the rear window. The thick pillar at the rear (D-pillar) might come in the way of your vision, but nothing the blind-spot system can’t manage. The rear gets sharp horizontal Y-shaped tail lights with a red stripe running across from one tail light to the another. All in all, the redesigned front looks sporty and has a premium touch.

The exhaust is neatly tucked away under the rear bumper, which like the front bumper has a silver finish and looks plush. The battery-pack is placed under the floor in a waterproof structure , and is liquid cooled.

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is expected to have similar proportions to the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe. Expected dimensions are an overall length of 188.4 inches, a height of 66.3 inches and a width of 74.8 inches. There might be some changes to the overall height and ground clearance to accommodate the battery ack.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV (Expected)

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

3554

4235

4222

Length (in.)

188.4*

180.5

180.9

184.8

Width (in.)

74.8*

74.1

73

70.9

Height (in.)

66.3*

66.1

67

67.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

8.4

7.3

Wheelbase (in.)

108.9*

106.7

105.9

105.1

*2022 Figures used for reference

There is no data on how heavy the Santa Fe PHEV can be. The RAV4 is the heaviest, with a weight of 4235 lbs. The Santa Fe PHEV boasts of the most length and width among the four cars. The Outlander is the tallest, ahead of the Santa Fe PHEV by an inch. Coming to the wheelbase, it's the Santa Fe PHEV that has the longest wheelbase and the Outlander has the shortest wheelbase. The Civic is the lightest car among the four. It also is the shortest in terms of length. The 2021 Subaru WRX STI sits closest to the ground, and has the tightest wheelbase. The Camry TRD is the longest, whereas the Sonata has the most wheelbase. The Toyota however, loses speed due to its 3575 lbs weight, heaviest among the four.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV can be differentiated from its gasoline engine through the additional charge port cover apart from the standard gasoline cover. Some exterior features on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV include:

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Adaptive LED headlamps
  • LED tail lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • 18-inch/19-inch alloy wheels

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Safety

8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV will carry over existing safety features from the gasoline 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe. Also, the car will add a few safety features as well. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe received top safety ratings from the NHTSA, and we believe this will continue on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV as well. Standard safety features on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV include the following:

  • Driver Attention Warning System (DAW)
  • Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert (Ultrasonic ROA)
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
  • Forward-Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)
  • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear-Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV takes the best of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, and makes it better by just being a PHEV. It's got a few redesigns to separate it from the gasoline car, a necessary thing to indulge the interested buyers. The car is luxurious, comfortable and offers a good balance between the power output and the economy. It will go on sale soon, and we’re sure the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV will eat into the sales of its PHEV brethren. We expect it to be competitively priced, somewhere around the $35,000 mark. With this pricing, the decent economy, plush interiors and a loaded safety package, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is surely a car to look forward to.

Keep checking this section for any updates regarding the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV!!