Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD
Week ending February 28
Driven this week 1057
I've hopped back into the Hyundai after driving various test cars for the past few nights. Although it is nice to be back, there are a couple of minor annoyances that are beginning to have me asking ‘Why was it designed like that?’.
The first is why on earth in this day and age DAB digital radio isn’t offered - even as an option - in Hyundai's £33k flagship model (although we’re hearing this situation may be changing).
The other gripe I have is with the sound settings. Standard FM radio sounds relatively thin and tinny, so you need to adjust the tone settings and increase the bass to compensate - no problem, so far. However, the Hyundai has a very bassy standard set-up for the iPod/CD and streamed music sources, so flicking between radio and iPod then means that the latter sounds unbearably boomy.
Having no source tone memory means that you have to adjust it manually every time - very frustrating, to say the least. On the upside, the sound quality from the external sources is quite decent with the ‘premium’ sound system that’s standard on Premium trim and above. Not all bad news, then.
By Will Williams
Week ending February 21
Driven this week 466
First impressions matter, and the Santa Fe makes a concerted effort to make a good one. For such a big car, I think it looks pretty stylish and it manages to hide much of its bulk well.
There's also the nice touch of having the wing mirrors unfold and the puddle lights illuminate as the driver approaches the car. As long as you have the key in your pocket, the Santa Fe recognises you making your way towards it and ‘greets’ you.
It's actually a rather useful feature, especially at this time of year in a dark and wet car park.
By Matthew Burrow
Week ending February 7
Driven this week 1184
Only the other week, Art Editor Stephen Hopkins mentioned how the back of his thighs were aching after spending a while at the wheel of our Santa Fe. It's not something that you notice on a brief test drive, but as the miles pile on, it's something that has been niggling me as well, particularly my left leg.
I have the seat set as low as it will go so it shouldn't really dig in, but I guess the elevated seat base is quite firm at its foremost edge, and perhaps this digs in to your legs. It's not hugely uncomfortable, but is less than ideal when on the average day I spend longer behind the wheel of Hyundai's flagship model than I do sat on my comfy sofa at home. A spot-on driving position is therefore one of my priorities.
Let me know if you're experiencing the same problem with your Santa Fe via the email below.
By Will Williams