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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 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.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 7st 5dr

    Leigh Stone Date: 09/05/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Owned since November 2006 and I am amazed at the wide range of fuel consumption figures listed within these reviews.

    I have the manual 2.2 diesel and I can confirm that after 36K miles I consistantly get over 42mpg on the motorway at 75mph and if I drive slower I can squeeze 50mpg+ easily.

    Plus sides to this car are, reliability, unlimited mileage 5yr warranty, price and quite decent levels of equipment on the CDX. The ESP and ABS all kick in when they should and it's a quiet motorway cruiser. Kids love it and it's still pretty rare on the road, which is nice.

    The main gripes for me is the length of the seat cushion. The seats are way too short for anyone 5.9ft+ and this can cause knock on issues with your seating position. I don't find it that comfy on journeys over 2hrs.

    The second gripe for me is the short 10K service intervals. Servicing can get really expensive if you want to keep your warranty valid.

    Other than those two minor gripes my first impressions of Korean motoring are very positive and I would now definately think about buying another.

    Ex-BMW driver so I can speak with valid experience about build quality, The new santa fe is easily on par with my previous 3 and 520 diesels.

    I can't say the same about the dealerships though they really need to play catch up with the cars that Hyundai are now turning out because they seriously let down this cracking car.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX 5st 5dr

    paqul davies , essex . Date: 03/05/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    just a quick line to let all diesel drivers know that my car took 12k miles to get anywhere near the manufacturers mpg statistics.at first it was on 24mpg, but now it's 31mpg.so you have to percivere with the engine for a fair time.

  • 2.2 CRTD 150 CDX+ 7st 5dr

    Tony Jordan , Devon . Date: 26/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my 2.2 CDX+ seven-seater auto in August 2007 when it was six months old.

    Part of our decision-making process was influenced by reading these reviews and others which were all favourable.

    The car has now done 10,000 miles and had its first service in March this year. We have been very pleased with it in general and it is excellent for towing our caravan.

    Diesel consumption is between 18-35 mpg. Three weeks ago the air-con pulley sheared off the engine and the car has been off the road ever since while the dealer tries to get the necessary parts from Hyundai.

    Their technical department says it needs a set of shims, while their parts dept says it doesn't.

    The dealer is in the middle, unable to effect a repair owing to the lack of a set of shims.

    There appears no answer on the horizon, so I have got the car back today with the air-con disabled and I'll wait for Hyundai to sort it.

    What is the value of a five warranty if the suppliers cannot supply the spare parts? Our impression of Hyundai, needless to say, is now pretty tarnished and I would caution anyone thinking of getting Hyundai about the value of their warranty.

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