For The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical and well-equipped SUV, with decent seven-seat versatility if you want it. It also comes with a strong engine that shouldn’t use too much fuel.
Against It's pricey compared with some rivals, the manual gearbox is notchy and headroom is tight in the optional third row of seats.
What Car? says
The seven-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe makes a fine alternative to an MPV, but there are better-value SUVs out there.
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There are 5 Hyundai Santa Fe versions available
Target Price team says:
The only engine 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 seats are suitable for kids and small adults, and they fold into the floor, making it as practical as the five-seater when in five-seat mode.
If you won’t use all seven seats, be absolutely sure you need an SUV this big; slightly smaller alternatives such as the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai are still spacious and practical, yet are better to drive and cheaper to buy.
Style trim has everything you need, unless you’re keen on factory-fitted sat-nav, in which case you have to go for a Premium model, which also brings leather trim.
The Santa Fe comes with Hyundai’s Triple Care plan, which includes a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks. You can also add reasonably priced three- or five-year fixed-price servicing plans.
Reader test team says:
I bought this car almost a year ago. It has been fantastic so far. The dealers (Monaghan Brothers in Lisnaskea NI) were a delight to deal with. This…
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…
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.…
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…