Costs and real consumption: Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime

So then. Let’s start with the Santa Fe. Really quiet. Because the Hyundai usually uses its electric motor to pull out of a parking space and start off. Integrated in the housing of the six-speed automatic, it generates 44 kW and sends 264 Nm to the drive shafts from a standstill. So because the lithium polymer battery with a battery capacity of 1.49 kWh is well filled under the passenger seat. The 1.6 liter light metal gasoline engine itself has an output of 180 hp and generates at least 265 Nm of torque over 1,500 tours. The response behavior and power distribution of the all-wheel drive can be adjusted using a rotary knob in the center console. Up to 50 percent reach the rear axle in sport mode, while only the front wheels drive in eco mode. There are also driving modes for mud, gravel, snow and a hill descent aid, but with a ground clearance of 18 centimeters, the off-road capabilities (as with all opponents) are limited.

The smart mode, on the other hand, is ideal. Here the Hyundai analyzes the driving style and uses its engines accordingly. The change between the drives, between recuperation and service brake is so smooth that you have to look at the power flow display in the on-board computer to understand who is working here. The Hyundai also likes to use the thrust of the electric motor on the motorway up to a speed of around 120 km / h. In addition, or when the accelerator pedal is firmly pressed, the gasoline engine is very demanding. But even under heavy loads, it doesn’t sound boomy and overwhelmed. All around a very smooth and in and of itself powerful drive. And what about the fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test consumption

Hyundai gives the Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime a WLTP standard consumption of 7.6 liters of super. He moves away from this value in everyday life. We have determined an average consumption of 8.0 liters, which causes fuel costs of 12.80 euros per 100 kilometers. The Hyundai consumed 6.3 liters on the eco lap, while it consumed 7.7 liters on the commuter route. If the Hyundai was driven sportily, the consumption rose to 10.8 liters. The fuel costs are calculated based on the current fuel price on our partner portal (08.09.2021 / Super: 1.60 euros / liter).

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The test consumption is made up of 70% from the commuter round and 15% each from Eco and Sport.

Monthly maintenance costs

Those who drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco-lap reduce fuel costs for 100 kilometers to 10.08 euros. The rather violent pace results in a sum of 17.28 euros. The vehicle tax for the Hyundai costs 215 euros per year, the liability insurance is 527 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance add an additional 155 and 718 euros, respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 305 euros are paid by those who drive the Hyundai 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is twice as much, the sum increases to 543 euros. We leave out the loss of value in this calculation.

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The 56,650 euro Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime takes to the fuel consumption check.

This is how it is tested

The auto motor und sport test consumption is made up of three differently weighted consumption trips. 70 percent is what is known as “commuter consumption”. This is a journey from home to work that measures an average of 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275 kilometer long eco lap makes up 15 percent of the score. The remaining 15 percent are accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the eco-lap, but the route guidance contains a larger proportion of the motorway and therefore, on average, higher speeds. The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted by the “more fueling” portal on the day the item was created.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear parts costs and vehicle taxes with an assumed annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without any loss of value. The calculation is based on test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and fully comprehensive insurance with Allianz, including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 means a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for fully comprehensive insurance.


In the auto motor und sport test consumption, the 56,650 euro expensive Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime with 230 hp system output lands at an average of 8.0 liters of super per 100 kilometers. This means that the fuel costs over this distance are 12.80 euros. The monthly maintenance costs are 305 euros (15,000 km annual mileage) or 543 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).

Technical specifications

Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime
Base price 56.650 €
External dimensions 4785 x 1900 x 1685 mm
Trunk volume 634 to 1704 l
Cubic capacity / engine 1598 cc / 4 cylinder
power 132 kW / 180 PS at 5500 U / min
Top speed 187 km/h
consumption 6.1 l/100 km

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