We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
79 reader reviews for Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4.
  • 2.2 CRTD 155 CDX 7st 5dr

    barry mansfield , somerset . Date: 17/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    have had the car from new just over a year think its the best car I have ever had or driven,THAT WAS UNTIL 2 WEEKS AGO when driving along I heard a strange sound, sounded like the gear box had just fallen out I was literally about 500yds from hyundai garage so I went in their and explained what happened They took it into their workshop and expained the air conditioning unit had seized up CAR WAS NOW OF THE ROAD 2 weeks on after I feel I have been abandoned They still have no date ,when replacement parts will be available ,presumable they need to come from Korea after a week I had a go at Hyundai UK customer services and said I have not been given any curtacy car from local dealer who dont seem that interested in my plight. they arranged for the smallest /cheapest hire car they could find to get me in their words mobile again,the fact the car is a seven seater does not register with them, they dont phone you to keep you updated .when I chase them every other day they keep quoting they have hired a car at £18 per day and thats the end of it. Needles to say the romance is over the car is I suppose still good just unfortunate it happened to me. but their idea of customer service is dreadfull from the headoffice to their local dealer.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    Trevor West , Aberdeenshire . Date: 13/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car from new and have reached 11,000 miles. I've only had one small niggle and that was the rear parking sensor which went on the blink just days after purchase. I've noticed quite a few comments regarding MPG, I do a 40 mile daily commute on a combination of 70 / 30 MPG roads and have averaged 36 MPG going by the trip computer. Still need to check this manually though but I can tell by the fequency of fill ups, it's far better than my previous car which was a 2.0 petrol Saab 95 which averaged 27MPG. The car is solid, practical and fairly cheap to run compared to many alternatives. The bad point however, as many have already stated, is the dealer. My local dealer is terrible and spare parts are few and far between. Overall I'm not dissapointed as I couldn't find a better car for similar money that can carry 7, tow a 6 berth caravan with ease and average 35+ MPG.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    glenn tucker Date: 12/06/2008
    • 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

    Had this car for over a month now having purchased for my wife. spent a year looking at various cars as needed either 'wide' 4x4 or seven seater. the wide category where I could get two baby seats and a teenager in the rear limited choice to X5, Disco and ML but I wasn't prepared to pay £35k+ for. Had looked at the Hyundai over a year ago and decided to let my wife make the choice between the various options in the price bracket that seemed sensible for a second car. tried the Honda CRV - no bigger than her golf inside - granted bigger boot, but no extra space for kids - same with the x-trail, RAV4 etc. Santa Fe won hands down. car is fantastic to drive - quietest diesel i have driven, lovely driving position and space (i'm 6"3). avg fuel is low thirties and has good torque for a big car. I've had some very nice cars over the years from TT's to Porsches and you don't feel like you have downgraded in this car. Okay, so its not an X5 or ML interior but then I've saved £15k and still get the smile factor driving this wonderful vehicle. Dealer was fantastic too - Platts of High Wycombe, highly recommended.

  • 2.2 CRTD 155 CDX+ 5st 5dr

    Tom Mole Date: 01/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car now for 6 months. It was a choice between a second hand Mercedes ML (very expensive for what it is), a bottom of the range Freelander (too much like a lorry as my wife says), and a Kia Sorento (not nearly the same quality). I didn't consider the X Trail because I have a caravan to pull and I needed the horsepower. I'm now sure I made the right choice. Good points: Great to drive. The nicest car I've ever driven. Very smooth. The engine really pulls (I was originally suspicious of it only being a 2.2 but its 155hp is more than enough to pull my caravan - I have to keep checking my rear view mirror to make sure the caravan's still there! It's comfortable and the upholstery is high quality - I chose the beige leather seats. My Spanish parents-in-law are frequent passenger and they say there is no comparison between this car and my brother-in-law's, a very expensive top of the range Chrysler. The Sante Fe is much nicer. Bags of room and a very big space at the back for my labrador dog who now travels in style. Bad points: The suspension could be better: you feel every bump on the road, and where I live the roads are not that good. Forget about off-roading. There is a lot of swaying on corners, but I suspect this is true of all high-sided vehicles.

    The main thing is that my family likes it and my wife is in love with the car.

    So, yes, I would recommend it.

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014