2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: 7 things you need to know about the midsize SUV

Update: ‘Hyundai electrified vehicle sales in the U.S.’ section added.

Along with the facelift in 2019, Hyundai added a Plug-in Hybrid variant to the fourth-gen Santa Fe range globally, and the variant reached the U.S. market last year. Here are seven things you need to know about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug in hybrid:

1. A turbo’d plug-in hybrid SUV

Hyundai has employed the G4F III SmartStream 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine in the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV. The engine, tuned to produce 178 horsepower is clubbed with a 66.9 kW (90 horsepower)/224 lb.-ft. electric motor. The result of the combination is a combined maximum power of 261 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission and the HTRAC AWD system are standard in the most powerful Santa Fe variant.

2. 31 miles of EV range

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe plug in hybrid has a 13.8 kWh (360V, 38.3 Ah) Lithium-ion battery pack to power its 66.9 kW (90 horsepower)/224 lb.-ft. electric motor. This battery pack is liquid-cooled and mounted under the floor in a waterproof structure. It allows a pure electric driving range (EPA) of 31 miles. The combined fuel economy rating (EPA) is 76 MPGe (using both electricity and gasoline)/33 MPG (using only gasoline). The retail prices include a 120V charger that allows Level 1 charging.

3. Two trim levels

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV front three quarters
Hyundai retails the 2022 Santa Fe PHEV in the U.S. in two trims: SEL Convenience and Limited. Image Source: Hyundai

Hyundai is retailing the Santa Fe PHEV in the U.S. in two trims: SEL Convenience and Limited. The SEL Convenience trim includes features like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Hyundai Digital Key, and a proximity key. 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats are some of the main features of the Limited trim.

On the safety front, the company has confirmed several Smart Sense driver assistance technologies for the SEL Convenience trim, including Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Parking Distance Warning – Reverse, and Safe Exit Assist (SEA). The Limited trim adds Remote Smart Parking Assist, Surround View with Blind View Monitor, and Parking Distance Warning – Forward and Reverse.

The exterior color options are Quartz White, Twilight Black, Shimmering Silver, Portofino Gray, and Lagoon Blue. Customers specifying their order in the Quartz White, Twilight Black, or Lagoon Blue color have the option to choose between black and beige interiors. The Shimmering Silver and Portofino Gray-colored units are available with only a black interior.

4. Available in select states

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV rear three quarters
Hyundai offers the 2022 Santa Fe PHEV in select states across America. Image Source: Hyundai

In the U.S., the availability of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is limited to the eleven states:

  1. California (CA)
  2. Colorado (CO)
  3. Connecticut (CT)
  4. Maine (ME)
  5. Massachusetts (MA)
  6. Maryland (MD)
  7. New Jersey (NJ)
  8. New York (NY)
  9. Oregon (OR)
  10. Rhode Island (RI)
  11. Vermont (VT)

5. More expensive than competitors

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid is on sale in the U.S. market. Production takes place at one of Hyundai’s five plants in Ulsan, South Korea.

Source: Youtube/Ed’s Garage

The 2022 Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid costs USD 39,500 in the SEL Convenience trim and USD 45,510 in the Limited trim. Surprisingly, the Korean model is more expensive than key rivals, which include the Toyota RAV4 Prime (USD 39,800 onwards), the Ford Escape PHEV (USD 34,785 onwards), the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (USD 36,995 onwards), and the Subaru Crosstrek PHEV (USD 35,645).

6. Korean-made

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid is a South Korean-made vehicle. It may continue shipping from the southern portion of the Korean peninsula for the foreseeable future. While the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will see local production at the Montgomery plant in Alabama starting in October 2022, there’s no plan to make the plug-in hybrid electric SUV in America.

7. Over 1,100 units sold in the U.S. in 2022

The sales of Hyundai’s hybrid models in the U.S. have grown by 136.3% through April 2022, with 23,302 units sold, as per Wards Intelligence data (via wardsauto.com). Particularly, plug-in hybrid vehicle sales of the South Korean automaker are up 372.1% from 779 in 2021 to 3,678 units. The Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid is the second highest contributor, accounting for 1,100 units or 30% of PHEVs.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV FAQs

What is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV release date?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid is now available in the United States.

What is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV price?

The prices of the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV start at USD 39,500.

Which models are 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid alternatives?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug in Hybrid rivals the Toyota RAV4 Prime & Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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