Our cars: Hyundai Santa Fe - March

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  • Santa Fe seems to have survived its high-speed encounter with some debris

    Santa Fe seems to have survived its high-speed encounter with some debris

  • Santa Fe performed faultlessly as a load-lugger when Will had to transport a large flat-pack item

    Santa Fe performed faultlessly as a load-lugger when Will had to transport a large flat-pack item

  • Will thinks the Santa Fe looks great, but the kick in the waistline hampers rear visibility

    Will thinks the Santa Fe looks great, but the kick in the waistline hampers rear visibility

  • Santa Fe's boot is so big that it makes loading or retrieving items from the rear tricky for shorter people

    Santa Fe's boot is so big that it makes loading or retrieving items from the rear tricky for shorter people

  • Auto hold function on our Santa Fe's gearbox makes traffic jams far less frustrating

    Auto hold function on our Santa Fe's gearbox makes traffic jams far less frustrating

  • Our Santa Fe's rear nearside door refused to open - thankfully only for a few days, though

    Our Santa Fe's rear nearside door refused to open - thankfully only for a few days, though

  • Hyundai has been in for its first, free, check at the dealer

    Hyundai has been in for its first, free, check at the dealer

  • Will was glad to have the comfort and warmth of the Santa Fe after the Caterham failed to proceed

    Will was glad to have the comfort and warmth of the Santa Fe after the Caterham failed to proceed

  • The Santa Fe has been proving its abilities as a load-lugger

    The Santa Fe has been proving its abilities as a load-lugger

  • If the key's in your pocket, the Santa Fe's mirrors unfold and puddle lights illuminate as you approach

    If the key's in your pocket, the Santa Fe's mirrors unfold and puddle lights illuminate as you approach

  • Will can't get perfectly comfortable in the Santa Fe as the seat base seems to makes his thighs ache

    Will can't get perfectly comfortable in the Santa Fe as the seat base seems to makes his thighs ache

  • Playing 'I spy' through the panoramic roof is a great way to keep children entertained and occupied

    Playing 'I spy' through the panoramic roof is a great way to keep children entertained and occupied

  • The Hyundai Santa Fe is the latest arrival on the What Car? long term test fleet

    The Hyundai Santa Fe is the latest arrival on the What Car? long term test fleet

  • Sunroof rattle is spoiling Will's hunt for fresh air

    Sunroof rattle is spoiling Will's hunt for fresh air

  • Prefer not to have voice sat-nav guidance? You need to do this for every journey

    Prefer not to have voice sat-nav guidance? You need to do this for every journey

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD

Read the full Hyundai Santa Fe review

Week ending March 28
Mileage 11450
Driven this week 1463 miles

The Santa Fe has just had its first, and free of charge, health check at 10,000 miles at my local Hyundai dealer, Westover, in Salisbury. The first service isn’t due until 20,000 miles, which is a relief with the miles that I do. When it comes along, though, it will cost nearly £300 so I’m pleased that this first check was free.

A crack has developed on the passenger side of the windscreen, so this seemed like a good opportunity to get that fixed and limit the time the Santa Fe spent off the road.

The health check went very smoothly and everything was running as it should. The level of service that I received from Westover Hyundai was excellent, with very professional and welcoming staff, and on a par with Honda (my last car was a CR-V.)

The check up was completed quickly and the car was thoroughly cleaned inside and out, transforming it from its previous grubby self.

Unfortunately, the crack in the windscreen is still there. The Santa Fe needs a new windscreen and there aren’t any available in the UK at the moment. Autoglass ordered one and the initial waiting time quoted was three to four weeks. Happily, they have managed to reduce the wait to just over a week, so fingers crossed this latest estimate doesn’t change.


By Will Williams
Will.Williams@whatcar.com


Week ending March 21
Mileage 9987
Driven this week 787 miles

I recently drove the latest Caterham home for a photoshoot the next day. Well, I didn’t quite make it all the way home actually. After 12 miles, it ‘failed to proceed’ along the M3, so I had to sit and wait for recovery.

I got back to the office at 22:00 to switch back into my Santa Fe, and by this point I really wasn’t looking forward to driving another 80 miles of motorway to get home.

However, the large Hyundai whisked me home in comfort, with the quick-to-warm heated seats defrosting me in minutes. I'll think more next time before choosing a slinky sports car over the capable SUV.

By Will Williams
Will.Williams@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai Santa Fe review

Week ending March 7
Mileage 9200
Driven this week 293 miles

I found out last weekend that the best way to move a large wooden glass cabinet is borrow a Hyundai Santa Fe.

All I needed to do was fold down the seats and remove the parcel shelf. There’s no real lip so it was easy to slide in the cabinet – and to get it back out again. I will definitely be using the Santa Fe’s space and boot to the full over the coming months because I have a house move in store.

Over the course of the weekend, I also discovered how easy the Santa Fe is to live with; the interior has loads of cubbyholes to store all manner of belongings, ranging from water bottles to magazines and phones. My family also found the seats extremely comfortable - both front and rear.

In fact, I was so impressed with the Santa Fe's liveability that I'm going to have to speak nicely to the car’s regular keeper, Will Williams, to see if I can borrow it for my holiday later this year.

By Stephen Hopkins
Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

Our cars: Hyundai Santa Fe - February

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