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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Hyundai Santa Fe (12-) 4X4
4 reader reviews for Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4.
  • 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 5st 5dr

    Stewart Yohn Date: 05/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38.5

    My car

    I posted the very first review of the MK2"a" Santa Fe back in 2006, and after having owned two of them, and other cars in between, I'm now the proud owner of a new MK3 Premium Auto 7-seater (13 plate)

    The vehicle has covered 29000 mainly motorway miles, and I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever. The six speed auto gearbox is excellent, it has plenty of power, and the interior is a marked step up from the older-shaped model. I average 40-42 MPG at 70 on the motorway, and about 33 in town. It copes with 5 children, a dog and is an excellent towing vehicle. I'm an IT Engineer by trade and I use it on a daily basis. It handles well for a large 4x4 and is an effortless motorway cruiser. The Sat-Nav isn't particularly good, although it is being upgraded during the service so I'll update in due course.

    Superb all round. Only minor niggles with the sat-nav. The best recommendation I can give is that I bought one myself!

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr

    Jonathan Taylor , West Yorkshire . Date: 17/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    Had the Santa Fe now for 4 months and absolutely love it. Last car was a new shape Merc CLS, prior to that I had an E60 520D so plenty of expectation. The Good Simply amazing value for money even with the price rise, add up the spec + 7 seats and you’ll be lucky to get within £10k. Really well built (not quite up to German standards but 95% there), loaded with extras, good to drive and a refined cruiser Cannot understand criticisms of the equipment, panoramic roof alone is worth so much, touch screen Sat Nav is definitely a step up from the Merc, Bluetooth integration is the best I've ever had its A2DP and works for phone & music, the USB connection is equally clever too, no need for a special connector, just use your native charging cable and it fully integrates with the car automatically. Automatic parking is really intuitive too, certainly easier than the Merc. 2.2 197BHP Diesel won’t win any records for speed, but is sufficiently powered (more so than the CR-V) and economical too (am getting around 39mpg) given that it is actually quite a large car. Loads of room as well, nice cubby holes, very practical for families and 2 decent sized 3rd row seats for big kids. The not so good Its certainly not a tractor, but don’t expect X3 handling. The 3rd row seats aren’t the easiest to access, especially for adults. While normally refined the engine can rattle a bit at low revs or when cold. The steering sensitivity setting is pointless. 1st gear is a little short. That's

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr

    David Aldington Date: 15/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I downsized to the new Santa Fe from a more traditional 4x4 (Nissan Pathfinder). Overall I have found the car a disappointment. I regularly use unsurfaced roads and the Santa Fe crashes over bumps and generally feels unsubstantial. On the road, the engine is quiet but road noise is an issue on all but the smoothest surfaces and the front suspension is noisy over surface imperfections (This may not be helped by the 19 inch wheels on the SE model). My main problem with the car is the huge number of minor irritations which add together to make living with it on a daily basis far less pleasurable, such as the inability to sufficient dim the sat nav screen at night, the folding rear seats that do not return to their original position, the fact you need to press a button to see the clock and the inability to pause iPod audio. I could list at least 100 additional irritations. The sat nav, bluetooth and voice activation functions are woefully basic compared to my previous Nissan. I have always achieved within 2mpg of official combined fuel consumption figures with my previous cars, but the Santa Fe averages 38mpg (8mpg below the official figure). I also have concerns over reliability after my car was laid up for 4 days with an engine warning light fault after only 6 days of ownership.

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 7st 5dr

    Adam Pritchard , South Staffs . Date: 19/04/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32.1

    My car

    I took delivery of my 'New Generation' Hyundai Santa Fe Premuim (7 seater)on 1st March 2013 and been delighted with the car thus far. With no user reviews yet appearing within WhatCar I hope this proves useful to those who might be considering it. Prior to buying I spent time assessing the range of vehicles which would suit my requirements, namely I should want a 4x4 with leather, a boot for a family lifestyle, something which would be reasonably ecomonical and nothing which should appear 'mumsy' (ie nothing a man in his late thirties would feel silly driving). There were four possible options: RR Evoke, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and the New Generation Santa Fe. Anything else just seemed too big or likely to be too expensive to run. A trip to all appropriate dealerships revealed: RR Evoke: great styling but just far too small for a family car. Volvo XC60: great in many ways but a little too 'stayed' (ie for more mature drivers). Audi Q5: my top choice for quite a while, but having looked at this option on two different occasions I eventually decided that the boot was just far too small and rear seat leg room was tight. Still a great looking car though. The New Generation Santa Fe was a 'wild card' option at first. I had concerns about the badge if I am completely honest. On seeing the car for the first time I was immediately impressed. Build quality, size, numbers of 'toys' and style. The premium version certainly better irrespective of WhatCar recommedation!FIVE stars overall.

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