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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
    4 out of 5 stars

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80 reader reviews for Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4.
  • 2.2 CRDi Premium 7st Auto 5dr

    Darren Jones , Cheshire . Date: 21/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I bought this car in March 2013, but it was registered by the dealer in November 2012. I have now covered around 23,000 miles including several long journeys in France and Spain. The only thing that has gone wrong is a niggling fault with the passenger's heated seat which the dealer failed to fix on a recent service. Other than that, it has been faultlessly reliable.

    There are however a few negatives: 1. The radio is not of a high standard. 2. It is only averagely comfortable - my wife's Audi A4 is much more comfortable on a long drive. 3. The climate control is savage in its operation. Yes, it does keep the car cool in 40 degrees, but it is overpowering when operated in the automatic mode. 4. It does have the general feel of being built to a budget with many of the materials being hard to the touch. 5. Average mpg is in the mid thirties. 6. Engine noise and refinement.

    The positives: 1. Reliability. 2. Practicality. 3. Durability. 4. Excellent torque. For a heavy car it performs well: do not be put off with the engine only being a 2.2 - it's performance is more than adequate. 5. Commanding driving position.

    Overall I am more than pleased with my car and would recommend a Santa Fe to anyone.

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium 5st 5dr

    Nick Woodford , Dorset . Date: 27/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    This car was hideous from the start. Not being able to select first and second gear from stand still on most occasions after only a couple of weeks. Having to take the car back to the dealership 3 times to be told nothing wrong, only then to find that the clutch needed replacing. On replacing the Dealership damaged the exhaust, so that then needed to be replaced. Then to find on the return home trip that we needed to evacuate the car after an extremely strong burning smell was detected. On returning to the dealership it was found that they had left packaging around the exhaust. Then in one of our coldest winters for ages the heater packed up. This took nearly 3 weeks to resolve. Two weeks after this, the heater broke again. 3 weeks after this the heater broke a third time. The car was then rejected after threatening court action, but only the heater broke for a fourth time. Since I started to drive, I have had around 20 cars. By far this was the worst I’ve had the misfortune to own. 13 times the car need to be returned to the dealership in 15 months. Easy now that I don’t have the car and having endured 15 months of hardship and stress. BEWARE & STAY AWAY

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium 7st Auto 5dr

    Andres Kruse Date: 06/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    This is our fourth Santa Fe,, had 2004, 2006, 2007 and now 2010 model and this time with automatic gearbox. Average MPG between 28 to 34 which is not too bad but I was expecting better. As 4x4 it worked well climbing up the hill in front of our farmhouse even powering thru some serious snow drifts. However I wished Hyundai would equip their 4wd with good all weather tyres from new as this would make driving safer in winter. Good car though, would buy another though next time it'll have to be the new model to get the warranty..

  • 2.2 CRDi Premium 5st 5dr

    Frank Gowdy , Tyne & Wear . Date: 11/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What can I say, 75000 miles in three years, one set of tyres and passed MOT with flying colours. Only issue was a failed clutch master cylinder at 60000 miles which was replaced no quibble (full clutch as well) FOC by dealers. MPG avaerage 35/36 but then I am quite heavy footed as the car with this power available is a pleasure to drive. This is my second Santa Fe and fourth Hyundai (2 x Terracans previously), so sad to be trading it in next week for a new car )-: But guess what, its for another Santa Fe and its not the new model! Not sure on the new looks despite what Hyundia's marketing gurus think, I still like the old shape. So dealer has done me a cracking deal on a pre registered old style model (still has more gizzmos than my old one) and i'm lookinh forward to 2/3 years more happy motoring. Hopefully the new model will have grown on me by then and the deals on offer will be a little more sensible.

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