Test drive: Hyundai’s stalwart Santa Fe gets an impressive hybrid makeover

A significant midlife update for this evergreen model brings with it a plug-in hybrid powertrain and makes for great family transport

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid starts at €49,945 including SEAI grant. Picture: Ingo Barenschee

The Hyundai Santa Fe needs no introduction to Irish car buyers. It’s a stalwart of the industry, progressing from rugged workhorse in its early days to irreplaceable family wagon in later years.

The fourth generation of the big SUV launched in 2018 and this year sees the introduction of a midlife overhaul for the car that extends beyond the usual refresh of the exterior design.

Hyundai has managed to increase the amount of space available ...