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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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24 reader reviews for Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4.
  • 2.0 CRTD GSI 5dr

    john derek barton Date: 04/07/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I purchased my Santa Fe diesel new in feb 04 and have compleated 9200 miles so far. It is the most reliable car I have owned.

    It is left out in all weathers and it has never failed to start. I rate the build quality among the best there is, nothing has broken, dropped off, or failed to work.

    On the road the diesel engine sounds like a smooth petrol engine, with no clatter or rattle, and it will cruise forever at the motorway max.

    I have read some real horror stories about the freelander,all i can say to any owner of one is, try a good Santa Fe diesel and see what you have been missing.

  • 2.0 CRTD GSI 5dr

    Robert Lawson , Spain . Date: 01/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    If you want an automatic diesel with high ground clearance for rutted forest tracks, you can't go wrong.

    The Kia Sorento is the only obvious contender (X-trail, RAV4 Skoda Octavia 4x4 etc don't do auto diesels) and 18 months ago when I bought the car, the Kia had a six-month waiting list, was more expensive and had attracted adverse reviews for its performance on asphalt .

    So far the Santa Fe has been supremely reliable, a major plus after four years of disastrous Jeep Grand Cherokee problems from leaking radiators to entire auto box replacement.

    My only criticism is the lack of a low-ratio choice on the otherwise superb H-matic box, which permits a choice of manual or auto changes. The manual option is useful for negotiating downhill slopes in the snow - a low-ratio facility would make it perfect.

    In all other respects - comfort, ride, space (especially for rear passengers) and load capacity - the car is hard to beat especially when the price tag and warranty are taken into account.

    The dealer has been more than acceptable compared with my wife's Renault dealership, and Chrysler, who should be cringing at the memory of my Jeep nightmare. And yes, I'd recommend the Santa Fe on my experiences to date.

  • 2.0 CRTD GSI 5dr

    David Jones Date: 10/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Spacious, reliable, well equipped, I have owned many new cars which are not as good on a price/performance basis.

  • 2.7 V6 CDX Auto 5dr

    David Lin Date: 07/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Good looks, high driving position, good visibility. The Santa Fe accelerates rapidly for such a big vehicle.

    You get what you pay for, so at this price, it's a bargain. Spend what you save on the fuel as I found it thirstier than I had expected.

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