Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander AWD SUV 2021 Review

Is the Hyundai Santa Fe any good? Stick around for a minute and find out.

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander has been around for a while now and the latest version Highlander we are driving today is definitely the best they have made.

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander 2020 It’s a big seven seat AWD SUV with a heap of luxury, comfort and safety features thrown in for the family.

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Interior2020

As soon as you sit inside you appreciate the little things like heated and ventilated front seats as well as heated middle row seats, the large central tablet like screen that makes all the infotainment and connectivity functions easy to operate, the surround camera when you’re parking, large boot area and fold down middle row seats and more.


This model has the 2.2L diesel engine and an eight speed DCT which gives more than enough power for everyday driving. It’s smooth and economical.

One thing that is really noticeable is just how quiet the Santa Fe is inside which means it’s relaxing to drive and have conversations on Bluetooth or just listen to music on the excellent audio system.

Santa Fe is great for family holidays, trips to the snow, weekends away or just the daily school run.

The Highlander diesel Santa Fe is priced from around $65,200 plus the usual costs and its excellent value.

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 boot

What is good?

  • Standard features
  • On road dynamics
  • Interior space

What is not so good?

  • No wireless Apple Car Play
  • Adaptive Cruise control not selective
  • No front fog lights

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander features2020

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 engine


Hyundai 2.2L Santa Fe Highlander 7 Seat AWD  

Model Price$65,200 MLP*
Engine2.2L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain8 Sp Sport AT AWD
Power147kW @ 3,800 rpm
Torque440Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (2018)
CO2 Emissions160 g/km
Economy ADR6.1 L/100km
Tow Capacity/Tow Ball2500 Kg / 200kg
Servicing12 Months / 15000 km  Service Plan 5 Year Service cost
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. Conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Highlander profile

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose8
Towing Capability7
Value for Money9

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Rear 2020


Overall Length47705mm
Width / Height1900mm / 1710mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 176mm / TBA mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles17.9 degrees / 16.8 degrees / 19.3 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle67 Litres / 11.4mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM1943kg / 667kg / 2610kg / 4880KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating2500kg / 250kg

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    Overall Rating - 8.5/10


Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander has been around for a while now and the latest version Highlander we are driving today is definitely the best they have made.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.