I find the hand brake postion annoying, because it has not been altered to suit the UK. The drinks holder postion is a tad annoying, too, as I often find myself changing gear with a bottle of water rather than the gear stick.
What really annoys me is the fact my 2005 Santa Fe has sat in the dealer's garage for a month now waiting for a wiring loom that burnt out. The dealer has no idea when they will get this loom from Korea and no idea when I will get my car returned.
Hyundai's much-vaunted five-year warranty is of little use.
After reading several reviews of the new Santa Fe, I just had to drive one. I was in the market for a change of car and was intersted in large 4 x 4 for the family. Having previously been a bit of a badge snob, I would of at first never considered a Hyundai, however now I can only say what a great car!
The drive is superb, good visibilty and steering. The finish in the cabin is high quality and the controls are easy to use. The car I bought was the dealers ex demo, and I got what I think was a very good deal. It also came with privacy glass which is good for the kids in the back, and parking sensors which should realy be standard anyway on a car of this size.
I must admit to being something of a kid with a new toy, and can hardly wait for any opportunity to drive it. It also looks superb, and I have already noticed admiring glances from others when sitting aloft in this beast of a car.
The only niggles are that there are no parking sensors as standard, and the radio has no RDS, but when you get to the stage of only listening to Radio 2 anyway, that is a feature that is seldom used in my case.
All in all, anyone in the market for a family 4 x 4, with the option of 7 seats, look no further than the new Santa Fe. Bags of storage cubby holes and plenty of luggage space with the two rearmost seats folded down. Take one for a test drive, and before you know it you'll be doing a deal with the salesman.
Like many of the readers who have expressed their views on the Santa Fe, I was also skeptical about the brand. However I loved the look of the car, and it test drives very nicely.I got a very rude awakening when after the three year guaranty expired, what I can only see as a serious design flaw appeared: in the past 6 months, I have had to replace three of the four diesel injectors, which at a whopping price of 450 quid apiece, was most unwelcome. My garage has confimed that nearly all of the Santa Fes present this problem, but Hyundai refuses to acknowledge or do anything about it. Be warned !!!
The car is lovely, I have owned the Coupe, Tuscon and the previous Sante Fe. I really loved the coupe, but with a family, we needed a bigger car. We bought the first Sante Fe, but found it bland and expensive on the Juice.
We then bought the Tuscon, but with another child on the way and a caravan, we needed something a bit bigger. We looked at other makes such as the Grand Vitara and Rav 4. Then this came out, WOW, to me its like a larger coupe. Very comfy, very responsive, and very very good on fuel economy, which a car has to be nowadays.
The standard of build is excellent, but I have found this with my previous Hyundais anyway.
My only real gripe, is that a car that boasts a great sound system, has no RDS. This is a basic function on all radios, and one that seems to have been overlooked by Hyundai. And speaking to them, they have no plans to improve it.
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