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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+ 5st 5dr

    john davis , cleveland . Date: 04/06/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    much improved car than the old model, i am waiting for delivery of this car as i am very much impressed with the overall package.

    fit and finish of the dash is superb, for the price of the top model you get just about everything, sat nav,heated seats,dvd player,cooler between driver and passenger ect. if you are after a excelent drive lots of room £10,000 less than some makes with the same quality theres only one winner.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    John Wells , Surrey . Date: 01/06/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Until recently, my view of Hyundais was based upon experience of them over fifteen years ago, when they were nasty things with dashboards made of the kind of plastic you'd find inside a box of Milk Tray.

    Having read the first drive review of the new Santa Fe in the June 2006 What Car, I checked out as much as I could online. Things looked good, so I approached my better half: 'There’s no way I'm driving a Hyundai,' she said.

    Undeterred, I persisted, showed her the photos, said that things appeared to have moved on, so she relented.

    This morning, I visited my local Hyundai dealer and my first view of a Santa Fe in the flesh was a 2.7 V6 CDX parked outside. It looked impressive in black with a beige leather interior. The salesman was very amiable and, having taken me through the features, offered a drive of the petrol and the diesel. Not being interested in the petrol model, I tried a 2.2 CRTD GSI and was impressed. It's smooth, comfortable, quiet, has a great driving position, punchy engine and is very well put together (no Milk Tray to be seen).

    We drove to my house to allow my wife (at home with our baby) to drive the car. First, she was impressed with the styling, size and the seven seats, and, after the test drive, professed that she liked it very much. She found it nice to drive, comfortable and much more solid-feeling than a Honda CR-V for instance.

    We placed an order for a 2.2 CRTD CDX+ 7-Seat (manual) this afternoon for September delivery.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    Gavin Derriman , Surrey . Date: 28/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We were in the market to change our excellent VW Passat Highline Estate TDi 130 and had been looking at the Honda CRV range. We had also driven the VW Touareg.

    A colleague - BMW owner, was also going through a similar evaluation for his new family car and encouraged me to check out the all new Hyundai Santa Fe.

    I arrived at the dealership with an open mind and was really impressed with the exterior physical appearance and style. Then once I looked inside and felt the quality of the leather + the general fit and finish, I knew that this model deserved a test drive.

    I was lucky enough to go out for a test drive with my family for over an hour. My wife and I both drove and took it down narrow uneven country lanes, fast A roads, sweeping B roads and town centre carparks and it performed faultlessly . The interior has a really nice quality feel and is light years apart from previous Hyundai offerings.

    The roof mounted DVD player was a winner for the kids and to have 6 disc CD + Cassette, MP3 & radio is superb. We were also impressed with the Smartnav system which doesn't rely on a screen and routes you real time around accidents and traffic jams!

    When we weighed everything up - drive, equipment levels and economy and then considered the 5 year manufacturers warranty + 3 RAC cover - it seemed that ownership costs should be fairly predictable!

    Overall we were so impressed that we placed an order there and then and can't wait for it to arrive!

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 7st 5dr

    Graeme Calder Date: 18/05/2006
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I took one of these for a brief test drive. I was astonished at the finish and how well it drove. The car handles well and the ride is good. Broken surfaces are rarely felt or heard. The ride is superior to a Pathfinder, Shogun and Land Cruiser but without the floatiness of the LC.

    The plastic wood trim is a mistake – a carbon fibre effect would be less tacky. Equipment levels are good, the interior is extremely well screwed together and exterior shut lines are close and uniform. The doors don’t close with a German car thunk, but everything solid seems durable.

    The auto box and diesel work perfectly and make driving the car a joy. The car is quite heavy for the 2.2 diesel and if you have 7 aboard then you’ll travel gently no matter how much exercise your give your right foot. It could do with a bit more grunt, but the power suffices.

    My concern is that at this price xenon headlamps should be std and there is no rear “luggage” space cover for the 7 seater (all your belongings will be displayed to thieves). The audio system includes a cassette player! It would have been better to spend the cost of that putting in a bigger amp, better speakers, etc.

    The other big worry is the depreciation and the badge. Hyundais lose value faster than John Prescott’s credibility, so the whole cost of ownership might be quite high compared with competitors. Am I bothered by the badge - no not really because the car is so good. Overall, test drive this car – you’ll be impressed.

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