Hyundai Santa Fe (2012–2018)

What's good

Refinement is impressive.

Capable off road.

Five Star Euro NCAP rating: 96% adult protection, 89% child protection, 71% pedestrian protection and 86% for safety

What to watch out for

2-7-2013: Report of two spare wheel thefts in 4 days. The spare continues to be suspended in a cage under the rear of the vehicle and no one seems to offer a lsecure locking system. The cost of replacing a wheel is £330, plus tyre, plus cable mechanism, plus labour.

25-4-2014: Report of regular screen breakages. Screens seem to be prone to stones chips at the edges setting off stress cracks across. Also occurs with previous model 2006-2012 Santa Fe.

2-3-2015: Report of 3-year old Hyundai Santa-Fe suffering occasional severe jolt from rear axle.

5-3-2015: Report of 2013 Hyundai Santa-Fe n/s front coil spring fracturing.

29-6-2015: Report of DPF regeneration problems of 2014 Santa Fe 2.2 diesel automatic when driving at just 55mph on French motorways in 'ECO' mode.

13-1-2018: Report of 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium run in Scotland needing new brake discs and pads all round at 15,000 miles at a cost of £360. Uneven wear found on rear discs.

29-1-2018: Complaint of electromechanical parking brake (EPB) of 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe intermittently sticking on. Sometimes the EPB warning light goes on and the car will still move. Might be a fault in the switch, might be moisture ingress to one or both of the brake motors; might be the metallic content of the pads rusting to the discs.

23-5-2018: Complaint of clutch failure of 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe at 14,000 miles. Coincidentally "a leak near the clutch damper was discovered." Hyundai dealer blamed driver error and quoted £1,300 to replace.

30-7-2018: Report of manual transmission and transfer case of 2013 Hyndai Santa Fe failing while towing a caravan. Replaced under 5 year warranty that had only 10 days left to go.

12-3-2019: Report of heater/a/c matrix of 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe faling five times, each tme replaced under warranty.

10-5-2019: Report of AWD decoupler of April 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe failing at 45,000 miles, replacement cost £1,150 including labout and VAT.

27-5-2019: Report of timing chain jumping in 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDI at 75,000 miles. Local garage plans to do a compression check to test for valve damage.

6-8-2019: Report of juddering from drivetrain of Hyundai Santa Fe which I had though was due to a disparity between the tyres turned out to be a failing rear differential.

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