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Hyundai Plug-in Hybrid Options

Looking to reduce your emissions and gas mileage without sacrificing SUV functionality? Hyundai offers two compelling plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options: the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV.

Both share a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly driving, but cater to slightly different needs. Let's explore what sets them apart to help you find the perfect fit.

Size and Space

  • Hyundai Tucson PHEV: This compact SUV offers a sporty design with a sculpted exterior. Inside, it features comfortable seating for five and 38.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, expanding to 80.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. Perfect for city dwellers or those who prioritize maneuverability for navigating tight streets and parking spots.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: As a mid-size SUV, the Santa Fe PHEV boasts a bolder, more commanding presence on the road. It provides ample legroom and headroom for five passengers, with 36.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 80.9 cubic feet with the seats folded. This additional space makes it ideal for growing families or those who frequently haul gear for outdoor adventures or hobbies.

Electric Range and Efficiency

Hyundai Tucson

  • Hyundai Tucson PHEV: Equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Tucson PHEV delivers an estimated electric range of 33 miles, making it perfect for short commutes and errands on pure electric power. When the gasoline engine kicks in, it boasts an impressive combined fuel economy of 80 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) according to the EPA.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: While offering a slightly lower electric range of 31 miles, the Santa Fe PHEV maintains excellent fuel efficiency in hybrid mode, with a combined EPA estimate of 72 MPGe. This slight decrease in electric range is balanced by the Santa Fe's larger size and potentially more powerful engine for highway driving.

Performance and Handling

  • Hyundai Tucson PHEV: This lighter SUV, with a combined output of 261 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, delivers a more agile and sporty driving experience. Its smaller size makes it perfect for navigating tight corners and city streets with ease.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: The Santa Fe PHEV provides a smoother ride with a bit more power due to its larger size and a combined output of 261 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. This translates to a more comfortable highway cruising experience and the ability to handle steeper inclines or heavier cargo with confidence.


Both the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV share a powerful PHEV powertrain, offering a thrilling driving experience when needed. They also boast a range of advanced safety features such as blind-spot collision avoidance assist, lane departure warning, and highway driving assist.

Modern technology features like a touchscreen navigation system, smartphone integration, and a premium sound system come standard or are available on higher trim levels, ensuring a comfortable and connected ride for all passengers.

The Choice is Yours

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your lifestyle. If you prioritise maneuverability, a smaller footprint, and prioritise fuel efficiency, the Tucson PHEV shines. If you need more space for passengers or cargo, plan on longer road trips, or desire a slightly more powerful engine, the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is the way to go.

Test Drive Today

Visit BCC Cars in Bury today to test drive both the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and Santa Fe PHEV. Our friendly staff can answer your questions and help you find the perfect plug-in hybrid SUV for your green driving journey.

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