2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs: Diesel is dead, Hybrid to Launch First in Australia

Matt Brand
November 30, 2023
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Hyundai Motor Company is set to launch its all-new Santa Fe in Australia in the first half of 2024. The release of this large SUV comes at a time when global interest in outdoor activities, including car camping or 'Chabak' in Korea, is increasing.

In developing the new Santa Fe, Hyundai surveyed young adults about their vehicle preferences and outdoor activities. This survey indicated a notable interest in outdoor pursuits among millennials.

According to data from the Outdoor Industry Association, participation in outdoor activities has been growing globally. The Santa Fe's design, termed 'Open for More', aims to connect the vehicle’s interior with outdoor environments. This concept is realized through a design that includes an enlarged tailgate opening and a living space that Hyundai describes as class-leading.

The first variant of the Santa Fe to be available in Australia will be an all-wheel drive hybrid. This model features a turbocharged 1.6-litre Gamma III four-cylinder engine combined with a 47.7kW electric motor, offering a total system output of 173kW. Hyundai states that this hybrid model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds.

Hyundai has indicated that a turbocharged 2.5-litre Theta III four-cylinder petrol engine variant may follow the hybrid release, although specific details regarding this have not been confirmed.

The Santa Fe includes several features for comfort and convenience, such as the First-row Relaxation Seat with Leg Rest, power-reclining second-row seats, a 6.6-inch climate control display, and a Digital Centre Mirror. The SUV is also equipped with a dual wireless charging system and USB C ports.

Safety features in the Santa Fe include a UV-C Sterilisation Tray and a radar-based Rear Occupant Alert system. The vehicle also comes with a suite of safety features including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assists, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera.

Hyundai is expected to offer the Santa Fe in various interior and exterior color options. The new model is said to provide enhanced legroom and headroom in the second and third rows, along with increased cargo capacity.

The initial focus on the hybrid model for the Santa Fe's Australian launch reflects Hyundai's strategy in the context of the global shift towards more sustainable vehicles. The company has not yet released the full range of specifications or pricing details for the 2024 Santa Fe.

Specification Summary of 2024 Santa Fe

Powertrain Options:

Theta III 2.5 GDI (8AT)

  • Maximum Engine Output: 194 PS / 143 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 25.1 kgf·m / 246 Nm
  • Weight: 2,060 kg
  • 0 - 100 km/h: 11.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 198 kph
  • Tires: 235/60R 18, 255/45R 20, 245/45R 21

Theta III 2.5T GDI (8DCT)

  • Maximum Engine Output: 281 PS / 207 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 43.0 kgf·m / 422 Nm
  • Weight: 2,155 kg
  • 0 - 100 km/h: 8.0 sec
  • Top Speed: 210 kph (F/C)
  • Tires: 235/60R 18, 255/45R 20, 245/45R 21

Gamma III 1.6T GDI HEV (6AT)

  • Maximum Engine Output: 180 PS / 132 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 27.0 kgf·m / 265 Nm
  • Weight: 2,225 kg
  • 0 - 100 km/h: 9.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 190 kph
  • Tires: 235/60R 18, 255/45R 20, 245/45R 21

Gamma III 1.6T GDI PHEV (6AT)

  • Maximum Engine Output: 160 PS / 118 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 27.0 kgf·m / 265 Nm
  • Weight: 2,295 kg
  • 0 - 100 km/h: 9.1 sec
  • Top Speed: 190 kph
  • Tires: 235/60R 18, 255/45R 20, 245/45R 21


  • Length: 4,830 mm
  • Width: 1,900 mm
  • Height: Roof 1,720 mm / Roof rack 1,770 mm; Calligraphy Trim Roof 1,730 mm / Roof rack 1,780 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,815 mm


  • Front (Normal / Sunroof): 1,045 mm / 1,020 mm
  • 2nd Row: 1,030 mm / 1,007 mm
  • 3rd Row: 958 mm

Leg Room:

  • Front: 1,052 mm
  • 2nd Row: 1,075 mm
  • 3rd Row: 761 mm

Shoulder Room:

  • Front: 1,511 mm
  • 2nd Row: 1,475 mm
  • 3rd Row: 1,360 mm

Cargo Capacity and Tailgate Opening Width:

  • 1,148 L / 1,275 mm (Improvement of +120 L / +145 mm compared to previous SANTA FE model)
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