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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.

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4
44 5stars

The seven-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe makes a fine alternative to an MPV.

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There are 7 Hyundai Santa Fe versions available

4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 2WD 5st 5dr £26,000
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 2WD 7st 5dr £27,200
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 5st 5dr £27,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 7st 5dr £28,600
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 5st 5dr £29,620
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD 7st 5dr £30,820
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st 5dr £33,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

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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