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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 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.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 5st 5dr

    Quentin Hulm Date: 11/05/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First saw this car in the Telegraph and was impressed from the beginning. Have had a few test drives.

    This car is lovely to drive. It is quite, refined and very smooth. The ride quality is far superior to my BMW 320d, which was a real surprise. Handling is also really very good. In short, I think it is a revelation.

    Seats are comfortable. It is quite hushed at speed (I had read about wind noise). Even at illegal speeds, I thought it really quite quiet. Also, I think the quoted fuel economy is really very good.

    Basically, it meets all my requirements. I have had estate car after estate car and am just plain bored. I wanted the flexibility of an MPV but something more interesting, better looking and more capable, like a 4x4 but without the punishing fuel economy of the mainstream versions.

    OK, it's not a Volvo, but then the Volvo is really not worth £10,000 more. Nor is it as good looking for that matter. All the rest of its competition are either too small (Nissan, RAV-4, Honda, Freelander) etc too rugged and expensive to run (Mitsubishi, Nissan Pathfinder etc.) or too damned expensive (Volvo, BMW, VW Toaureg etc)

    In short, it is just right. Having now got over my badge snobbery (I struggled a bit), I am now awaiting delivery of my 2.2 CDX+ 5 seat.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    Neil Molyneux , Cheshire . Date: 05/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just taken this Santa Fe CDX+ 7 for a test drive. My first impression was that it is a well built car with a firm ride, excellent acceleration and good visibility due to its height.

    A three-mile run up the motorway convinced me that it's a good car for distance, as it has cruise control, easily read instruments, and only a little wind noise.

    You feel the height of the vehicle when you go around corners, but nothing you would not expect from its size.

    When compared to a Nissan X-Trail, the Santa Fe wins hand down for a better quality feel.

    I'm convinced it will turn out to be a good car. I'll let you know once I've bought one and done 100,000 miles.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 7st 5dr

    Stewart Yohn Date: 01/05/2006
    • 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 took delivery of our new Santa Fe last week. After dropping off all of the paperwork a week before, we paid the deposit and were able to drive away within 20 minutes - excellent service.

    We have only two minor issues - the coolant sensor wire was loose, resulting in the gauge not working - it took two minutes to fix. Also, there was no audio manual included with the car - again, it took two minutes to sort out.

    We love the handling, and the car returns 36mpg overall whilst running in with the air-conditioning on (staggering!). We also like the turbocharged whoosh of power when you press the throttle, the superb manners on both the motorway and back country roads, and the fact that it costs £10,000 less than the competition (take that, Disco boy!).

    We also love the head-turning looks, superb interior, HighMAT compatible CD player, and the two rear seats (our kids fight over them!).

    There are some niggles (but all very minor) - the gap between second and third gear ratios (ours has a manual transmission), there's no RDS/TA on the stereo, and no sunroof option. It could also do with a six-speed box (3000rpm at 85mph in 5th gear).

    Delighted with our purchase, cannot recommend this vehicle highly enough...

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