What should I be paying?
At this point we fall back on the 'not UK spec' disclaimer for the Korean car we drove. Mechanically it was like the ones that'll land here, but we have no finalised equipment grades, prices or even fuel consumption. We'll update this when we do.
There will be three trim levels. No-one from Hyundai stopped us when we guestimated a starting price just under £50,000, and even that one will be well-equipped.
Going by the outgoing model, the sticker price moves up around £2,000 when you add 4WD to the hybrid's makeup. Then it's another £3,000 for a plug-in hybrid.
Fuel consumption remains another TBA. But in its essential drivetrain and chassis this Santa Fe isn't much different from the old one. It's heavier, mind. If the frontal area has gone up, the drag coefficient is down to compensate – as low as 0.294 thanks to radiator shutters, careful wheel shaping, well-managed airflow around the tail, and underfloor cladding.
Anyway, the old one got 38mpg WLTP and 168g/km CO2, so that'll surely be the ballpark for the new-gen 4WD hybrid.
Hyundai has stuck all the safety gear on, including 10 airbags, which ought to help insurance cost as well as peace of mind. Hyundai's warranty isn't the longest, at five years, but it's unlimited mileage. So fill yer boots.