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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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79 reader reviews for Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4.
  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 7st 5dr

    Matthew Henson Date: 10/07/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drive this car in June and loved it, it was refined and comfortable. The spec of CDX version is excellent although I would like the electric seats to have a memory function. My only complaint was the 100% plastic fake wood trim, perhaps there will be an after market re-trim offer!

    Anyway after looking at a second hand Volvo XC90 (my existing V70 has been through the list of known failure, front suspension, EMT etc.) I was too scared by the running costs and placed as order for Santa Fe on Saturday safe in the knowledge that it has a 5 year warranty.

    Not sure the dealers are used to selling cars over £20k though, they gave away the discount from minute one and then tried to back track when they realised I was actualy buying. Seems like they are scared of the second hand market from competitors like Volvo, BMW and LR. Can't wait to get mine in October and put a row of seats between me and the kids.... peace!

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 5st 5dr

    Anthony Green Date: 02/07/2006
    • 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

    My car

    This car is brilliant. My test-drive impressed me with the refinement of the 2.2 diesel auto.

    The Hyundai soaked up the holes and bumps, negotiated tight corners with better manners than an XC90, and the diesel pulled well. It is also much more refined than the Grand Cherokee that I tried last year.

    I currently own a Jaguar S-Type 2.7 V6 diesel and a Honda CR-V, both 2005 models. The Santa Fe (hate the name) was only slightly noisier than the very refined Jag diesel at standstill, with no perceived difference at speed.

    The Hyundai offers a five-year guarantee which gives more comfort than Jaguar quality (I had to replace the rear transmission after 15,000 miles, and now there's noise from the suspension after 30,000).

    The Hyundai spare wheel is mounted at axle level which gives better cornering stability than the CR-V (where it is mounted on the rear door), and the diesel engine pulls better than the thirsty petrol CR-V, with less noise.

    The Jaguar interior is classier, but the Hyundai is better than the CRV (apart from the tacky wood inserts). The Santa Fe has excellent blue night-lighting (reminiscent of VW dashes), and nice quality leather in the CDX (better than the CR-V, not so good as the Jaguar).

    The Santa Fe has a low towbar noseweight of 80kg compared with other full-size 4x4s and this is my only concern. If assuaged, I shall swop the Jaguar, subject to the right 'deal'.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    Ian Guiver , Derbyshire . Date: 16/06/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I currently drive an Audi A4. I'm looking for something that is a bit bigger to facilitate two growing kids, powerful enough to cruise on long motorway drives because I drive a fair bit for work, and able to cope with the hills and weather in Derbyshire.

    I must admit to being something of a badge snob; I love the build quality of my Audi and the refinement of its 2.5 V6 diesel engine. Until I read the reviews I had never thought of even considering a Huyundai. Now, having had a test drive, I'm seriously considering placing an order.

    The cabin was excellent. It was spacious but the car didn't feel too big. It is in fact the perfect size for my needs. The seats and driving position were very comfortable. There were powerpoints everywhere for mobile phones and DVD players and many other cleverly thought out design features.

    I was worried about a potential lack of power but even in the automatic version that I drove there was more than adequate umph for uphill country lanes and fast A roads. Sheer quality and excellence of design has overcome my badge snobbery.

    If only they had not chosen the naff wood-effect dash (100% guaranteed plastic as the salesman put it) I would have hesitation. As it is, I think I will probably break the habit of a decade anyway and choose this as my next company car and save myself a few quid whilst I'm at it!

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 5st 5dr

    Noel Partland Date: 07/06/2006
    • 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

    My car

    If you can put badge snobbery aside and let yourself get behind the wheel of one of these you will find it hard to justify the extra £10k needed to buy one of its more "illustrious rivals" (XC90, Toureg etc.) Equipment levels are great - so many toys to play with - some of them are even justified (DVD for the 3 year old honestly guv - not the 33 year old)

    It drives like a car not a bus, it has a quality interior, huge luggage space (5 seater)

    Test drove the freelander HSE as well- half the kit, tired interior & more expensive list price!! - the dealer didnt even bother trying to do a deal when we told him we had just test drove the new Santa Fe; it was almost like he had heard it before.

    Cant wait for it to arrive in a couple of weeks

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4

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