For The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical, classy and well equipped SUV, plus it comes with a strong engine that shouldn’t cost the earth to run.
Against It's pricey compared with some rivals, plus the manual gearbox is notchy and headroom is tight in the optional third row.
The seven-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe makes a fine alternative to an MPV.
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The only engine in the Santa Fe range is a 2.2-litre diesel, so the big choice is between the five- and seven-seat versions. We reckon the seven is worth the extra money; the third row of seats is suitable for kids and small adults, and the chairs fold down into the floor so it’s every bit as practical as the five-seater when it’s in five-seat mode.
The other big question is whether you need four-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive models have the same 2500kg braked towing capacity as the four-wheel-drive models, but given the added peace of mind that four-wheel drive offers, plus the minimal effect it has on economy, we’d find the extra. Front-wheel drive is only available with the entry-level trim.
Like all Hyundais, the Santa Fe comes with the company’s Triple Care plan, which includes five years of roadside assistance, a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty and five years of vehicle health checks.
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…
This is our favourite four-wheel-drive Santa Fe because it comes with seven seats and all the equipment you need, yet is still reasonably priced.