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Why is my Santa Fe tax so high?


I brought home a Santa Fe from Australia - it's a 151 2.2 litre and it's the exact same car as the Santa Fe here as all the parts for servicing and all fit no bother. It has an automatic transmission. My question is the tax on it is €750 a year; how is it so high compared to any other Santa Fes here?

Regard Phelim

Filed under importing - Asked by Phelim Moran (Wicklow) - Thu, 20 Jan 2022 20:51

Shane O' Donoghue Answered by: Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor - @Shane_O_D


Hi Phelim,

A rate of €750 a year suggests that the car has been put into the 171-190g/km emissions band. That does seem higher than native Irish Santa Fes. When did you import the car? It sounds to me that Revenue may have 'uplifted' the NEDC emissions rating to its WLTP equivalent, something that has happened since 1 January 2021.

See our Guide to Importing Cars from the UK feature for more information - most of that applies to a car imported from Australia too. Hopefully that helps you understand it.

2 responses (latest at the top)

Hi Phelim,

I'm afraid there's no way to 'retest' the car unless its propulsion method is completely changed - e.g. conversion to electric power. Revenue only takes the officially certified CO2 figure.

Posted by Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser (Dublin) - Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:44:59

I have the car in ireland about three years now. Is there any way I can do an emissions test and get this on a lower tax bracket?

Posted by Phelim Moran (Wicklow) - Mon, 24 Jan 2022 23:44:48

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