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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Its butch looks are impressive, as is its space, masses of equipment and great reliability

Against The all-new model, which was launched in 2006, is better in every respect

Verdict The Santa Fe is a competent, well-equipped 4x4 for not very much money

Go for… 2.0 CRTD

Avoid… 2.4 petrol

Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4
  • 1. There's plenty of room for five adults and their luggage
  • 2. Mild excursions off-road are fine, but this is no Land Rover Freelander
  • 3. The clutch on manual gearboxes could sometimes judder, but the problem was solved in mid-2003 by fitting a modified flywheel
  • 4. Check for any signs of off-road abuse, especially underneath
  • 5. Every model has stacks of equipment
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