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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.

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4
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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

4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 5st 5dr £27,800
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 7st 5dr £29,000
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 5st 5dr £30,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 7st 5dr £31,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr £33,720
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 5st 5dr

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…

Stewart Yohn

5 out of 5 stars

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr

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.…

Jonathan Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr

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…

David Aldington

3 out of 5 stars

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 7st 5dr

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…

Adam Pritchard

5 out of 5 stars
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