2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV First Drive Review: A savvy choice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — We’re immediately looking at how devoted Hyundai is to finding electrification suitable. Consider the Ioniq 5, for occasion, and the oodles of praise we’ve heaped upon it and its platform-sharing cousin, the Kia EV6. But Hyundai’s not new to electrification. We have liked the Ioniq trio and the Kona Electric powered for some time now. But as the field proceeds to shift towards an electric powered upcoming, Hyundai also has some fifty percent-ways in place for those who could possibly not be all set to fully push off from the inner combustion pier. Hyundai has a few of plug-in hybrids, which may possibly be easy to ignore in the shadow of the new and impending EVs, or even of their larger fuel-run nameplates on which they’re based. We’ve already had the probability to familiarize ourselves with the 2022 Tucson PHEV and its large price proposition – now it is time for its midsize sibling, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV.  

Now, we ended up splitting our working day among several cars as element of a Hyundai-sponsored function so our time with the auto was brief, but it was still more than enough to leave a lasting and positive effect.

The Santa Fe PHEV pairs Hyundai’s Smartstream turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine and 6-speed automated transmission with 66.9-kilowatt (about 87-horsepower) electric motor and 13.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery. That is great for a total process output of 261 horsepower. It is adequate to create a cognitive disconnect realizing when the automobile moves so eagerly when such a modest-displacement motor is churning beneath the hood (the motor by itself makes 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque). This reasonably innocuous but admittedly handsome relatives crossover actually feels sporty accelerating by means of city and onto the freeway. Also, this PHEV will come regular with all-wheel generate (a mechanical one particular also, as opposed to simply owning an electric powered motor at the rear axle), so in addition to providing a place increase to confidence in bad weather conditions, it performs that punchy acceleration with out wheelspin or torque steer.

The Santa Fe PHEV’s onboard charger can take electrical energy from a 240-volt supply at a rate of 3.6 kW. That’s not all that rapidly, taking into consideration some thing like the Ioniq 5’s 11-kW onboard charger, but it doesn’t need to have to be. With just 13.8 kilowatts of capacity, the battery can recharge in about 4 several hours. A entire charge is great more than enough for an EPA-rated 31 miles of all-electrical assortment, and a gasoline motor is generally ready to do the do the job when the battery is depleted. With gas and electric powered electric power, it’s rated at 76 miles for each gallon equivalent. With no electric powered vary readily available, it however boasts an impressive 33 mpg blended. There’s a button that lets you to toggle in between EV and hybrid modes, but the automobile will instantly revert to hybrid manner — however using the brakes and coasting for regen and the e-motor for electric power — when the battery is depleted. There are also the exact generate modes — Normal, Eco, Sport, Intelligent and Snow along with an AWD lock button — selectable from a rotary dial that you’d locate in other Hyundai motor vehicles.

While its electric power is practical and the overall powertrain pleasantly potent, the truly amazing factor about our tester was its stunning interior. This Constrained trim featured quilted Nappa leather-based seats, with a stunning mixture of leather, gentle plastics and glossy nearly-carbon-fiber-like plastic trim all through the cabin. The wonderful supplies on very well-sculpted varieties build a welcoming and relaxed place to shell out time. A panoramic sunroof aids provide light-weight to equally rows of seating. The infotainment display screen is effortless to use, and the digital instrument cluster is crisp and very clear. There are lots of locations to store little merchandise, which includes a cubby beneath the center console’s control. To the rear of those controls, in front of the greater middle console bin, is a coated cubby with a USB port inside. Just driving that, following to the cupholder, is yet another storage slot wherever you can stash you telephone vertically and cost it wirelessly.

The Santa Fe is comprehensive of other valuable tech, in particular in this restricted trim. It capabilities Hyundai’s robust Highway Driving Assist suite, with adaptive cruise management, lane centering steering assist and a number of active protection options. With the electronic instrument panel, you get the blind-spot digital camera feed appropriate in entrance of you each time you use your convert signal. It also has an simple-to-go through head-up screen with a wealth of data that’s configurable from an infotainment menu. Hyundai doesn’t hide the most significant controls in the touchscreen, while, putting matters like audio and local weather controls, heated/ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and issues like brake auto hold, hill descent handle and parking aid buttons on the heart console.

Pricing for the Santa Fe PHEV commences at $41,295, which include $1,295 in place, for the SEL trim. Which is $8,850 more than the gas-only SEL AWD, and $1,640 far more than the normal hybrid (HEV) in SEL Quality trim (which is the equivalent of the gas-only SEL trim with the Quality Package deal). The Limited trim, at $47,305 signifies a improved price in contrast to the gasoline-only powertrain — it is just $4,900 higher than the Santa Fe Minimal AWD — but $5,300 extra than the Hybrid Constrained. Sure, the common-hybrid Restricted expenditures fewer than its fuel-only counterpart. Nonetheless, when you issue in the PHEV’s eligibility for $6,587 in federal tax credits (not to mention gas savings), it’s difficult to knock the price of the luxurious-adjacent plug-in.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is a shock gem in the Hyundai lineup, with a sporty but effective powertrain, an exceptional interior and masses of handy know-how. Our temporary generate left us seeking more seat time in the PHEV to improved get to know its ins and outs. It was more than enough, nevertheless, to assure us we’d be pleased dwelling with this electrified crossover, specially thinking about the closest PHEV competitors in addition to its Sorento cousin, is the smaller sized Toyota RAV4 Primary. For an individual looking for a cozy and capable midsize SUV, and seeking to get into a plug-in auto with out wholly ditching the assortment and benefit of a gasoline motor, the elegant Santa Fe PHEV would be a savvy preference.