Hyundai's 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid

If we are speaking of the Hybrid and Electric SUVs category, Hyundai's latest 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid ranks # 3 from the US Region. This particular compact crossover SUV is available in two trim sets namely SEL Convenience & Limited edition. Hyundai's Santa Fe has a certain market appeal to it, with its stylish yet comfortable features, it certainly holds a class of its own. Particularly in respect to design, 2022's Santa Fe Plug-in is part of Hyundai's 4th Generation architecture, but again it is not short of any major upgrades and changes. There are four powertrain choices with Hyundai's 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of Santa Fe is powered by a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which can produce 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque which roughly translates to 67 kW & 304 Nm). The system's total output measures up to 194 kW and 350 Nm (260 Horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque). 


Comparative Factor

SEL Convenience 



1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid

1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid


6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic


All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Fuel Tank Capacity

12.4 gallons

12.4 gallons

Seating Capacity

5 seater

5 seater

If you look under the hood of both these trims, you won't find a significant difference. Both of these compact SUVs are armed with almost similar luxury features but the Limited trim packs an extra "oomph factor" owing to a long list of comfort features than the affordable "SEL Convenience". 

Comfort Features

Leather trimmed seats 

Leather trimmed seats 

8 way power driver seat

8 way power driver seat

Driver seat two-way power lumbar

Dear seat four-way power lumbar

8 way power passenger seat 

Driver seat leg cushion exterior 

Heated front seats 

Heated front seats 

Panoramic sun roof

Ventilated front seats 

LED interior lighting 

Integrated Memory System for driver seat 

Optional dual automatic temperature control 

Heated rear seats 

Optional leather steering wheel 

Dual automatic temperature control 

Heated, leather wrapped steering wheel 

Panoramic sunroof 

The Limited trim has other "optional" features to add for the exterior as well. Some of those options include: 

  • Chrome Door Handles, 

  • Express Open and Close Sliding and tilting Glass first and second-row Sunroof with Power Sunshade 

  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Vipers. 

Whereas from the interior of the car perspective, Limited trim has the following additions as optional features which include: 

  • 2 Power Outlets (12 V and 120 V respectively) 

  • Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Heated Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat 

  • Memory Settings for Door Mirrors and Driver Seat 

Both of these trims for Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid vehicles are available too in the same set of colors ranging from Lagoon Blue, Portofino Gray, Shimmering Silver and Twilight Black

Hyundai's Smart Sense™ Feature 

Hyundai's proprietary safety technology Smart Sense™ is a sophisticated driving assistance suite, designed to keep the intact driver's peace of mind. From blind spot detection to timely braking to avoiding possible collisions, Hyundai's Smart Sense is intended to consistently monitor your environment while driving, like a bodyguard.  Configured with advanced radar sensors this feature also enables the Cruise Control Functions, which monitors the stop and go of the traffic. It purposefully maintains a safe distance from other cars on the road and automatically engages the brakes when needed. For ease of convenience to activate the cruise control function, Hyundai has placed its activation button right on the steering wheel. 

The Blind View Spot Monitor (BSV) mode helps keep a watchful eye from points where drivers can't see incoming vehicles from the rear; a place which otherwise would be a blind spot for the driver.  

Not limited only here, Hyundai's Smart Sense ™ also has another smart mode up its sleeve namely "Remote Smart Park Assist System" (RSPAS). This mode is particularly useful for congested parking spaces. This mode can be switched on using Santa Fey's "Smart Key" and once switched on this mode will help determine and bring up the car to the spot where driver and passengers can open the doors conveniently. This can be particularly useful if you are wedged in between two cars. 

Amongst other functions, Hyundai also integrates Surround View Monitor (SVM) which helps create a 360-degree bird's eye view on the central touchscreen. This immensely helps the driver determine parking spaces and its surrounding terrain. 

The Interior 

Santa Fe's combination of 7-seat comfort, premium materials, and integrated technology which is equipped with charging ports for all sorts of small electronic devices; all account for a stylish mode of convenience. Offering family-friendly cargo space, flying bridge console, and extra legroom for the driver and passengers in the back, the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid proves to be a family car bringing in all the necessary conveniences found in one's home. It offers a personalized space for every family member. The electronic "Shift by Wire" transmission maximizes the comfort irrespective of the road conditions, enabling a smooth ride for those sitting in the front and assuring a comfortable nap for those little ones in the back.  While the Dual-Zone Climate Control function shall help settle any temperature control arguments during the journey.

The interior is designed for active family life, equipped with 10.25 inches multimedia touchscreen with Apple Carplay™ and Android™ Auto, enabling direct control to entire functionalities of Smart Sense Features. The interface is further empowered by being directly linked to satellite navigation, enabling wireless charging even. More complex the technology simpler the mode of driving.

Range & Battery Life

Stan Fe Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a Lithium-ion polymer battery. The powerful 13.8 kW battery is enabled by the driver from a push of a button and can flawlessly switch to a petrol engine when needed, so you can go as far as possible. A single charge can deliver up to 31 to 50 miles in electric-only driving mode

Why You Should Get One?

Overall keeping in mind the general specifications, the noiselessness of an electric vehicle, and the nifty integrated technology for safety and comfort, Hyundai's Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid proves to be a great SUV for families and car enthusiasts alike. This hybrid is designed to bring fuel costs to a minimum, while immensely upgrading your lifestyle and preferences. 

If want further information for this SUV you can call up our team of professionals with Puente Hills Hyundai at (+1 626) 606-9442), or simply visit us at our dealership located at  17621 E Gale Avenue City of Industry, CA 91748, where our team of professionals will help you with any concern that you may have.