Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander – What are the five best features ?

We drive the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander on a road test review

What are the five best features of the Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander?

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Number One

Interior Ambience. Sit inside the Santa Fe and you could mistake it for a SUV costing many thousands of dollars more. From the abundance of leather, heated and cooled seats, a myriad of controls at your fingertips on the central stack and an overall feeling of luxury.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020

Number two

Powerful and economical 2.2L turbo diesel engine with an 8 speed sports AT that matches perfectly. This provides more than adequate performance along with great economy

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020

Number three

A smooth and quiet ride with little outside noise intrusion along with sporty dynamics and handling from a standard SUV.


Hyundai Santa Fe 2020

Number four Practicality.

This is a vehicle that will accommodate five in comfort and seven for shorter trips. Has a long flat load space with rear seats folded and can swallow a heap of luggage for trips.

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Number Five AWD Safety

The latest Highlander comes with the Active on Demand AWD System along with a new Terrain Response selection capability, means that the Santa Fe is ideal for trips to the snow, exploring the beach and forest trails for the more adventurous families.

Santa Fe Highlander is priced from $65,200 MLP* plus the usual costs.

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2020

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Standard features
  • On road dynamics
  • Interior space
  • No wireless Apple Car Play
  • Adaptive Cruise control not selective
  • No front fog lights

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2020


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.

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Overall Rating    


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

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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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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fit for Purpose - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Towing Capability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10


Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander – What are the five best features?
Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander is priced from $65,200 MLP* plus the usual costs.

About Rob Fraser 2486 Articles
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.