2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid

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Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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31 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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13 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle.


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188.4” x 66.3”


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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid review: Our expert's take

By Aaron Bragman

It’s no secret that seemingly every new Hyundai seems to be a smash hit, coming in a little bit better than the last one. The company’s mid-size family SUV, the Santa Fe, is no exception; the latest version offers something for seemingly every buyer. That includes a plug-in hybrid version, combining a gas-electric hybrid powertrain with a slightly larger battery and the ability to drive gas-free for a certain distance before the on-board engine kicks on to extend your driving range.

As is the tradition when I get some time in a PHEV, I like to find out just how far it can go on its electric battery alone before that gas engine pops on. So on a nicely sunny early spring day here in Southeast Michigan, with a fresh Santa Fe fully charged, fully fueled and ready to go, that’s exactly what I did.

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The Ride

The vehicle in question is a 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid Limited, sticker price of $46,780 (including delivery fee). The Santa Fe saw its last major facelift for the 2021 model year, so the thing is still quite fresh in terms of styling and equipment. There are regular mild- and plug-in hybrid versions, with the plug-in getting a good-sized 13.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that the EPA says is good for an electric-only range of 30 miles before the engine kicks on. At that point, the Santa Fe PHEV is rated at 33 mpg combined, and 76 mpg-equivalent, allowing a theoretical total range of 440 miles before refueling is needed.

The SUV combines a small, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine making 178 horsepower with a 90-hp permanent-magnet electric motor and an actual geared six-speed automatic transmission (not a continuously variable unit, which is more common for PHEVs). The plug-in variant also includes HTRAC, Hyundai’s all-wheel-drive system, as standard equipment. The powertrain makes a combined 261 hp, according to Hyundai, and while the inclusion of the bigger battery pack does take a small bite out of the interior passenger volume, by Hyundai’s measurements, it doesn’t affect cargo capacity at all.

The Route

There’s a set route that I use to test real-world range for plug-in hybrids, consisting of driving from my house in Ann Arbor, Mich., to one of my favorite barbecue joints in Dearborn, Mich., and back. No expressways are used, but the route is a good mix of stop-and-go urban traffic and higher-speed divided highway thoroughfares. Top speeds never pass 55 mph, and I keep to within 5 mph of the posted speed limits at all times. The climate control is turned off (this is a max range test and doesn’t attempt to replicate EPA testing), tires are inflated to their recommended levels, windows are rolled up, and both battery and fuel tanks are topped off. For the test, the vehicle’s EV mode is selected, provided it has one — most do these days, and in most vehicles, this keeps the vehicle in electric-only operation provided you’re easy on the throttle and not driving aggressively or too rapidly.

The temperature was cool for this test, in the mid-40s Fahrenheit, but dry and sunny. How far would the Santa Fe get before it ran out of juice?

The Results

The official line is that the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid can go 30 miles on electricity alone in the EPA’s testing cycle before it needs to use its gas engine. My results saw it go 39 miles on electricity before the little turbo four-banger fired up — and this is without being too light on the throttle and brake, driving well below the speed limit or other antisocial methods that will get you honked at by justifiably irked people behind you. The Santa Fe PHEV behaves quite acceptably in EV mode, with a meter in the gauge cluster to let you know just how much throttle you can give it and still stay within the requirements of EV mode — too much or too quickly, and the digital gauge will peg to the right and the engine will power on, as the SUV thinks you might need some quick speed for whatever reason. But drive it normally, calmly, as if you were receiving instruction from the in-laws in the backseat, and the crossover is happy to just motor around as a comfy commuter burning no gasoline whatsoever.

Recharging a Santa Fe PHEV with a spent battery takes about four hours on a Level 2 240-volt charger, according to the automaker, which is about par for the course; the Santa Fe PHEV has a 3.6-kilowatt onboard charger at 240 volts. There is no DC fast charging offered, but that’s also not uncommon for a PHEV with a battery that’s far smaller than anything a full EV would offer.

The most overwhelming sense when driving this SUV is one of normalcy. The electric motor isn’t powerful, but under most circumstances, it’s more than adequate to get you moving up to the speed of traffic and then keep you there. The six-speed transmission is unusual in that you feel it calmly shifting as you accelerate, but there’s no noise associated with the movement, so it doesn’t feel like other PHEVs that employ a continuously variable automatic and deliver their power in one long, seamless surge; it also doesn’t feel like a gas-engine vehicle that changes pitch when the transmission shifts. The ride is quiet, comfortable and smooth. It handles about as well as any mid-size crossover despite the extra weight of its big battery pack and electric motor, which is noticeable in turns but isn’t a burden.

My only real complaint with the PHEV is that Hyundai continues to place the charge port doors on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The brand-new all-electric Ioniq 5 has the same issue. I prefer having the charge port door near the front of the vehicle, and preferably on the driver’s side — that side always has to be free given that a driver has to get in and out of the thing. To charge the Santa Fe in my own garage (which is a two-car garage but not overly large), I had to back the Santa Fe up to the garage with the driver’s side too close to the wall to get out, park it, get out, start the thing remotely and use Hyundai’s Smart Park remote-control parking function to back the Santa Fe into my garage with the right-rear charge port door facing the middle of the garage. Only then was I able to plug my home charger into it.

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Aside from that design choice, the Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid is an excellent cruiser that’s able to deliver beyond its ratings for people who want an electric commute but still enjoy the convenience of being able to do long trips without the need to find fast chargers en route. With its spacious, well-designed interior, sharp styling and impressive on-board technology, it’s yet another of Hyundai’s winners.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


A phenomenal plug in hybrid wth luxurious features

I was fortunate enough to be able to buy this car when someone who ordered it a year prior was not able to get financing. I bought the limited trim which is incredibly luxurious and my other car is a BMW M440 convertible. It has virtually every feature of a high-end luxury car. It is incredibly quiet and surprisingly quick off the line. It doesn’t seem to get much in the way of publicity, but I find it to be a superior vehicle.


Love ❤️ my Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid

I love ❤️ my Santa Fe Plug in, I’m saving a lot of money on gas, pick up is quick & responsive. Santa Fe, has remote start on key, as well as Hyundai Bluelink, which starts vehicle with Climate Control.


Great SUV, more than met expectations

Bought 10/15/21 and have 15,500 miles on it. Other than a couple of oil changes and a tire rotation no service or maintenance. I was pleased to see in this review the electric only (EV) mileage the reviewer got. I'm finding this to be consistent with what I'm receiving. I'm getting 35-36 even when the trips are mostly on the freeway. The SUV is able to cruise @ 80 MPH on the battery only. Freeway road trips I'm getting 33-34 MPG in states with speed limits of less than 75 MPH, it drops down in states with an 80 MPH limit. The steering is easy to get used to, and has a tight turning turning radius. The ride is a bit soft but very comfortable on the freeways. Added touches like front glass (windshield and front doors) are UV blocking and sound damping makes for a nice and quiet ride. Adjustable, heated and reclining rear seats added to the generous front and second row legroom makes 4+ adults comfortable. The drivers controls and button array are well organized and quickly learned, unlike the Tuscan which is a big black glass panel (no buttons or dials) - all digital with hundreds of potential choices through many screen levels. We are thoroughly enjoying this vehicle and would would buy it again in a heartbeat. The brakes take some getting used to because of the regenerative braking, but coming to a smooth complete stop is easily learned. What would I change? I'd like to see some sort of indicator for when the hydraulic brakes engage (not just using regenerative braking), for some reason Hyundai put a charging system that is half as fast at the Tuscan's + this virtually eliminates charging stations usage because of the time it takes. Using a level 2 charger and a battery at 17% or less (when the car automatically switches to Hybrid mode) it is taking me 3.5 hours to recharge. For everyday use, in which we rarely go over the EV range, the electricity costs are running me $25 a month - sadly not enough for me to justify solar panels on the roof. I should also mention that the break-in period is extended due to the time spend in EV mode in town. The electric motor offers much acceleration in the last couple months and the highway mileage on the road trips is 2-3 MPG better than when the car was new.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Hybrid electric
120 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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