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

The Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime, which costs 56,650 euros, is ready for a consumption check.

Well then. Let's start with the Santa Fe. Really quiet. Because the Hyundai usually uses its electric motor to park and start off. Integrated in the housing of the six-speed automatic, it delivers 44 kW and sends 264 Nm to the drive shafts from a standing start. So because the lithium polymer battery with a battery capacity of 1.49 kWh under the passenger seat is well filled. The 1.6-litre light-alloy petrol engine itself has an output of 180 hp and generates 265 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. The response and power distribution of the all-wheel drive vehicle can be adjusted via a rotary wheel in the center console. In Sport mode, up to 50 percent goes to the rear axle, while in Eco mode only the front wheels are driven. There are also driving modes for mud, gravel, snow and a downhill driving aid, but with a ground clearance of 18 centimeters, the off-road capabilities (like all competitors) are limited.

Smart mode is ideal. Here the Hyundai analyzes the driving style and uses its engines accordingly. The change between the drives, between recuperation and the 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 at speeds of up to around 120 km/h. In addition, or when the accelerator pedal is pressed vigorously, the petrol engine is very demanding. But even under high load it doesn't sound boomy and overwhelmed. All in all, a very smooth and, in itself, powerful drive. And what about the fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test consumption

Hyundai specifies a WLTP standard consumption of 7.6 liters Super for the Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime . 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 consuming 7.7 liters on the Commuter route. If the Hyundai was moved in a sporty manner, consumption rose to 10.8 liters. The fuel costs are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal mehr-tanken.de (September 8th, 2021 /Super: 1.60 euros/litre).

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco tour, you reduce the fuel costs for 100 kilometers to 10.08 euros. The rather violent gait resulted in a sum of 17.28 euros. The vehicle tax costs 215 euros per year for the Hyundai, the liability insurance is 527 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance cost 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 double, the sum increases to 543 euros. We leave out the loss in value in this calculation.

How to test

The auto motor und sport test consumption consists of three differently weighted consumption drives. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent. This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap is included in the rating with 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average. The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted on the "more tanken" portal on the day the article was created.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The basis for the calculation is the 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 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance.


In the auto motor and sport test consumption, the 56,650-euro Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 4WD Prime with 230 hp system performance ended up with an average value of 8.0 liters Super per 100 kilometers. This means that the fuel costs for 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).


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