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4 out of 5 stars

Great vehicle overall, nice job Hyundai!

Murph, 01/13/2022
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Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric plug-in hybrid 6A)
17 of 17 people found this review helpful

I purchased a 2022 Santa Fe Limited in Lagoon Blue and have been really impressed. The vehicle is incredibly comfortable, has great technology, plenty of room for 5 tall adults, awesome surround sound system, handles well and has good fuel economy. My wife drives a 2020 Toyota Rav4 XLE and by comparison the Rav4 is a small cramped vehicle which I think is overrated personally, and no chance I was getting a Rav4 Prime due to that fact. There are some misses by the Hyundai engineers in their design though so it's not perfect. No automatic seat and steering wheel heating feature which is a pretty common feature. Remote starting does not include warming up the heated seats. The heating and cooling systems for the cabin must have the internal combustion engine running which kind of makes it hard to save on gas in winter and summer months. I've been an owner of Chevy Volts for many years and now I realize how great a job the Chevy engineers did with designing that vehicle because I would go months without needing fuel but so far I'm lucking to get 2 weeks with the Santa Fe before needing gas. I know it's not fair to compare the two because both have their limitations and also have their strengths. Overall, the Santa Fe PHEV is a great vehicle that I know I will enjoy for many years but wish it was more electric reliant in its design.

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4 out of 5 stars

Great overall car but some things to be aware of

Adam M, 01/12/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
25 of 26 people found this review helpful

If you live with a daily drive of less than 30 miles or have charging near by, this is a great vehicle. We bought one of the first ones in Oct 21 from a dealer in MD after we waited for several months for a regular hybrid close to home with success. After the tax credit there is pretty much no price difference between the PHEV and the HEV depending on the markup, if any. We now have just less than 5,000 miles in a 50/50 mix of Highway and city. Pros: Extremely roomy both in the cabin and storage- it feels significantly bigger than the Volvo XC60 it replaced. The features for the $ is excellent- the side view cameras when turning or lane changing are a game changer. The ride is a bit harsher than expected but the seats are great and make up for it. The EV range is as advertised- when running in full EV mode we often get more than the advertised 30 miles. Also the power is surprisingly good on the ev motor alone for the size of the vehicle. I wish it had 7 speed transmission instead of a six but it’s power curve is good. Things to know or I wish I had known (but likely still would have bought it): 1-The onboard AC to battery DC converter maxes out at 240v/16amps (3.7kwh) so it makes charge times longer - 4 hrs or more even on 240 so it can’t use the full charging capacity of a level 2 charger. I read in the European version they used a 7.2 kWh converter but went with the cheaper one for the us market to save costs. This really limits the effectiveness of public charging while running errands, eating etc because one hour of charge only gets you about 25% charge or about 8 miles. I bought and had installed a level 2 charger at home (it’s a 40 amp charger which is wasted on the Santa Fe but I guess I’m future proofed!) and 99% of the charging is done at home. 2- There is no onboard heat pump so in the cold it has to run the ICE engine to produce heat. The car compensates by driving the vehicle on the battery (in normal or ev mode) and just idling the ice motor, which drains the battery at a lower rate, but uses some gas, and is not zero emission. Once warm, the car shuts the ice motor and circulates the warm air and runs true EV, until it determines it needs more heat. Doing this we found the car gets about 50-60mpg, still better than the regular hybrid even,. The amount it runs the engine depends on the outside temp and your climate settings- I’ve found that if it is in the 40s and I’m wearing a coat and turn the seat heater on, I can turn the heat off and then it runs full ev. 3- The gas tank is only 12 gallons which is hidden in some promotional materials and buried in the specs. In the city it’s not a big deal, because even with the heater running we regularly go 700-800 miles between fillups. But it’s a huge problem on the Highway- because my one really big con is that the Highway mileage is way worse than advertised. Hyundai says in Hybrid mode on the Highway it should get 29 mpg, and we have not been able to duplicate that. Living in the central plains where Highway speed limits are 70-75,,and driving about 5 over, we have only gotten 22-25 mpg. With only a 12 gallon tank, that yields a real life range before the fuel light goes on of about 225 miles. So be warned when planning a road trip. I’d still buy the car as that Highway fuel mileage is about what any similar mid size suv gets, but the compromise of the battery weight really kills any fuel savings from the hybrid motor. I also suspect fitting only a six gear transmission means that in cruise at speed it’s pulling more rpms then it would need to with a seven speed. Overall, this car is all,about compromise and it fits our lifestyle well.

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2022 Santa Fe PHEV Limited

Bryan, 01/24/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

This SUV is amazing! It is well made with an apparent focus on quality construction based on the tight tolerances. So far, I've driving my vehicle in 10" snow and -26F weather without a problem in either case. Unfortunately, the design of the SF PHEV requires that the gas engine is running for interior climate control but for myself that is not big deal because I'm ok to where a coat in my car or have the windows down in the summer. Big Kudos to the Hyundai engineers, the 2022 Santa Fe PHEV is a well designed and constructed vehicle.

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5 out of 5 stars

Pretty awesome

Bobo, 03/10/2022
SEL Convenience 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Great value, roomy, I am getting 80 mpg equivalent with some EV and some gas miles. It is a 50-50 car but I find I can go most days with just the EV miles. It is in hybrid mode some of the time, but it is silent and smooth. Excellent acceleration. I got 30 mpg on gas only on a recent trip. Voice controls and Android Auto work flawlessly. My bike fits in the back easily for my cycling outings. Controls are excellent, I think a close to ideal mix of buttons and screen. Feels secure, comfortable, and roomy on the road, 4 wheel drive, excellent headlights (top safety pick for 2022 due to the new excellent headlights!).

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4 out of 5 stars

Santa Fe Limited PHEV

Dave Smith, 04/05/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric plug-in hybrid 6A)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

My normal daily commute is a mixture of country roads and city driving, covering about 35 miles per day. Babying the accelerator the first day, I did all but about one mile in EV mode. More practically, the electric range is as advertised, and I expect to use about a gallon of fuel a week. I'm still familiarizing myself with the vehicle features, and thus far have only minor quibbles. The wireless charger accommodates most typical phone cases, but thicker ones won't fit. The phone gets much warmer on this wireless charger than any of my other (fast) wireless chargers, likely because it's essentially a pocket without good air flow around it. Initial highway mileage seems somewhat lower than I expected, but conditions weren't favorable with low temperatures and a brisk headwind throughout our 900+ mile journey. On the positive side, the cabin is quiet and the seats very comfortable. The user interface seems fairly intuitive, and the sound system is quite good. The assortment of driver aids functions as designed, with the speed-compensating cruise control a particularly handy feature driving through Chicago traffic. If you're looking for the flexibility of usable electric range combined with a gas engine for longer trips, a great warranty, and high-end touches in a modestly priced vehicle, the 2022 Santa Fe Limited PHEV is a solid choice. If your normal driving routine includes more than ~50 miles per day, you'll be better served with a standard hybrid as lugging around the larger battery of the PHEV reduces highway economy in comparison, and with a small fuel tank the true highway range is a bit limiting. Alternatives I considered were the Rav4 Prime and the Tucson PHEV. I had no luck locating a Rav4 Prime anywhere approaching MSRP, and the clock is ticking on its federal tax rebate. The Tucson PHEV trades a bit of size and weight for a bit better economy, and also includes a faster on-board charger, cutting charge time in half versus the Santa Fe when using a suitable level 2 charger. The Tucson interior styling strikes me as less satisfying, particularly using a plastic "sheet" with integral buttons for many functions versus the dedicated buttons in the Santa Fe, but this is an entirely subjective evaluation. I would give five stars but for the combination of middling highway economy and a small fuel tank. These won't affect my normal daily drive, but for that occasional road trip, having a real world highway range of ~300 miles is a bit disappointing.

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