Drives like a good exec saloon very quiet. 35-37 mpg mainly motorway cruising Rear seats are usable for all but the largest passengers 33000 in 11 months only problem a noisy door solenoid (fixed without quibble) No RDS on otherwise good stereo Tiptronic box can be a little sluggish but changes are very smooth Servicing very cheap (Huyandai main dealer) If its as good with 150k on the clock I will buy another.
I last wrote about this car in December 2006.I have now covered some 27k miles & this engine is a Peach! It more than holds its own agains the Discos & Shoguns & is so, so quiet! Apart from one side light & one interior light bulb, nothings gone wrong! I need 2 front tyres but, the rear are like new. I would have no hessitation in recomending this motor to anyone, so those potential buyers with Badge snobbery should take notice & go for the best pound for pound package on the road!
Just under 4000 miles of hassle free motoring completed, and other than a few niggles very happy customer so far!
Averaging 29.5 mpg so far, a little disapointing but most of my driving is stop/start stuff.
Here's my niggle list....
Cabin is easily marked, but I did go for the beige interior. The best combo with the wood trim in my opinion.
Drivers seat in particular is looking a little jaded, considering the amount of use so far, wife reckons im being to fussy. Bloke in long term test in Auto Express also reckoned seats were wearing pretty fast. So we will wait and see.
Although most of my driving is local stuff and I dont need to re-tune stereo, if I did the lack of RDS would really bug me.
Now the good stuff, I had a rav4 for 24 hr test drive, and it was an excellent drive.... the bigger Hyundai was its equal in every way.
Good sounding stereo, brilliant equipment list that would be extra's with alot of Marque's.
Brilliant engine, really hushed cabin...great view of the road ahead. Loads of room for the family junk.
My street is full of X5's and XC90's and I have to confess of feeling a little smug with the total package you get with the santa fe. From price to build quality to equipment list and great looks, the Hyundai is a winner!
Have now travelled 18K trouble-free miles in our SantaFe. We are about to tackle our third run to the Alps, the previous 2 journeys being a relaxed and easy cruise. The car swallows our kids, luggage and skiis with ease. It has proven a relaxed motorway cruiser, quiet and smooth. (I cant help feeling though a sixth gear would help a little). Now the engine is bedded in we are returning approx 36mpg (great for a large car). We did suffer a few rattles and squeeks in the early days but these have all but disappeared. The interior is comfy and practical without being too flashy. The cabin feels well put togethor but does seem to mark quite easily (but not half as bad as our previous x-trail!). Overall...its a great car...good looking, comfy, practical, reliable. What more does a family need out of a Car. Take one for a drive, it wont disappoint.
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