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Looking at 2012 Active model


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#1 Marley&Me

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

Thought we had made our decision but now have another car in the mix....

We've been offered a reasonable trade on a Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Active (base model & petrol).

What do you love/dislike about your Santa Fe? How is fuel consumption if the base model/petrol? Would you recommend it to a friend? Did you compare it to a Captiva when buying?

Thanks in advance original.gif



#2 B.Nasty

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

We have a 2012 Santa Fe Diesel. I love it. There is nothing really that I don't like about it. Well, if I had to pick something it's the the middle second row seatbelt buckle is tricky for anyone sitting there because you have to reach right around, it's not to the side if that makes sense!!

We did look at the Captiva, for about 2 seconds. 2 separate mechanic friends who don't know each other said not to touch them. The reviews online were not great. The Santa Fe got I think 4.5 stars product reviews:  http://www.productreview.com.au/p/hyundai-...06-present.html

Compared to 3 stars for the Captiva.
http://www.productreview.com.au/p/holden-c...06-present.html

#3 polka dotty

Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

We've had our Santa Fe for over 3 years, it's a 2009 Elite model.

As with PP we only briefly looked at the Captiva, but the back just looked too squashy for our needs (we have 3 kids, and had 2 in car seats when we bought it).

We also looked at the Territory but didn't like the back row split. Friends bought a Territory at the same time we were looking - they laughed at us for buying a Hyundai and predicted trouble. Funnily enough, their Territory was an absolute lemon and was back to the dealership several times in the first year, and they ended up selling it.

Our Santa Fe has been perfect, has run like a dream the whole time we've had it.

Fuel consumption - dunno, have to ask my DH that one, no idea!

What I love - drives really smoothly, surprisingly easy to park for its size, big boot. We often have the 3rd row split so we can access one back seat through the boot and still have the boot space on the side.

I found the foot brake strange at first but love it now - feels much safer having no hand brake for kids to play with (my kids climb around a bit in the car waiting at ballet practice, etc).

Will lose value pretty quickly though...

#4 Marley&Me

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE (Bek+3 @ 13/02/2013, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a 2012 Santa Fe Diesel. I love it. There is nothing really that I don't like about it. Well, if I had to pick something it's the the middle second row seatbelt buckle is tricky for anyone sitting there because you have to reach right around, it's not to the side if that makes sense


Thanks so much for your reply! Glad you are happy with yours. Would love a diesel but we are looking at the demo model and the diesel is that little bit more that we can't afford at the moment sad.gif

They are lovely looking cars too original.gif

QUOTE (polka dotty @ 13/02/2013, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fuel consumption - dunno, have to ask my DH that one, no idea!

I found the foot brake strange at first but love it now - feels much safer having no hand brake for kids to play with (my kids climb around a bit in the car waiting at ballet practice, etc).

Will lose value pretty quickly though...


Thank you too for your reply! If you get the opportunity, I'd love to know roughly how much it costs to fill up from empty... Apparently fuel usage is meant to be pretty good original.gif

I was absolutely thrown by the parking break. It was such a weird concept and didn't feel right. Like you, obviously I'd get used to it but it's very strange lol!





Anyone else have any advice/thoughts?

#5 katniss

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

I have a Santa Fe 2009. No problems with it. I was worried going from a sedan to 4wd but it's not too big & bulky to get around in. We've driven it on the beach.

I'm not sure of the exact fuel economy but i haven't noticed it too expensive to run. It's roughly $100 to fill depending how close to empty it is.

Yes, parking brake took a while to get used to! i love it now tho. If I ever drive DH's car, my foot looks for the park brake!

Edited by katniss, 13 February 2013 - 08:12 PM.


#6 Marley&Me

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

QUOTE (katniss @ 13/02/2013, 09:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a Santa Fe 2009. No problems with it. I was worried going from a sedan to 4wd but it's not too big & bulky to get around in. We've driven it on the beach.

I'm not sure of the exact fuel economy but i haven't noticed it too expensive to run. It's roughly $100 to fill depending how close to empty it is.

Yes, parking brake took a while to get used to! i love it now tho. If I ever drive DH's car, my foot looks for the park brake!


Great to read, thank you for your reply original.gif

We are lookinost basic model Santa Fe and it's only 2WD so if you're using approx $100 to fill up, I imagine the model we are looking at would be considerably less!

I haven't had a 4WD drive since I was younger, I used to love driving on the beach....



Thanks again, anyone else, any bad points?

#7 ChunkyChook

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:33 AM

I would buy anything over a Captiva.



#8 Lishyfips

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:47 AM

We're looking at the Santa Fe too. It won Australia's Best Car 2012, SUV over $40k.
http://www.australiasbestcars.com.au/2012/suv_over.htm

If you need to fit various seats, the NRMA website reviews fitting child seats in various models. The Santa Fe got top marks across the board for fitting a baby capsule, maxi rider and booster.

#9 >Catskers<

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

Nothing to add except I love mine!!!

#10 PaigeP

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

We have the new Santa Fe but diesel.  The awards were for the diesel model and the latest one, not the old shape.  The new petrol Santa Fe scored a lot lower.

We love the diesel but I wouldn't even consider the petrol.  My tiny petrol Tucson (smaller engine though) averages 12.6L.  DH gets the Santa Fe down to 6L.  But if you can swing the 'All New' Santa Fe diesel I would highly recommend it.  It's a fantastic car.  We have several friends buying them now after seeing ours and they are all mechanics.


#11 Lishyfips

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

We're considering a Santa Fe 2012 or 2013. Will need to fit three child restraints: two boosters, one rear facing baby seat.

Has anyone done this with a 2012 Santa Fe?

I ask because I read a thread on Whirlpool where someone said they took kids' seats to the dealership to test and found fitting three seats impossible.

The NRMA child restraint guide I referred to in a previous post assesses three seats fitted in a 2009 Santa Fe. From my reading on Whirlpool I understand the back seat design is different now, with less space for middle passenger. I'm reluctant to go by the NRMA test now as it is outdated.

#12 SusanStoHelit

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

Another Santa Fe driver here (2011)! We have the diesel, which is pretty good on fuel. I don't think we would have been as happy with the petrol version. There is plenty of room in the backseat. We are expecting no.3 in seven weeks, and pretested when we bought putting two booster / child seats and a rear facing baby seat (safe and sound compaq, so slim design) in it. Fit easily. I love the fold down back row seats for when friends / relies visit but wouldn't use them all the time. There is plenty of boot space, and we put a cargo barrier in the back which allows us to transport our labrador / camping gear easily. Also like the torque / towing ability. All our holidays are camping, and we can easily tow a trailer loaded with gear, bikes etc and not have any noticable increase in fuel consumption. This was the reason we went for the Santa Fe over our other pick, a Honda Odyssey. My only complaint is some small build quailty issues (one of the interior panels wasn't attached properly, and one of the lights in the dash didn't work). Both fixed easily by the dealer though.



#13 tibs

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:36 AM

QUOTE (Lishyfips @ 16/02/2013, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We're considering a Santa Fe 2012 or 2013. Will need to fit three child restraints: two boosters, one rear facing baby seat.

Has anyone done this with a 2012 Santa Fe?

I ask because I read a thread on Whirlpool where someone said they took kids' seats to the dealership to test and found fitting three seats impossible.

The NRMA child restraint guide I referred to in a previous post assesses three seats fitted in a 2009 Santa Fe. From my reading on Whirlpool I understand the back seat design is different now, with less space for middle passenger. I'm reluctant to go by the NRMA test now as it is outdated.


I have the hyundai tucson which is the SUV that is smalller than the santa fe and I have 3 carseats across the back - rear facing baby capsule, convertible booster and whatever you call those rear or forward facing 5 point harness seats in forward position so I'd be surprised that they woudn't fit in the bigger santa fe.

#14 Lishyfips

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Thanks for your advice, Pumpkin89 and Tibs. Much appreciated.





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