Used Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 2001 - 2006 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2006 review
Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 (01 - 06)
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What's the used Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 like?

As the reader reviews on this website show, owners like the Santa Fe, and there's much to like about it. You can start the list with those purposeful, butch looks, the prospect of clockwork reliability, and plenty of room for five adults and their luggage. Then, there are the stacks of equipment to keep them comfortable and safe, a good driving position and, of course, four-wheel drive so you can go off-road if you want to.

Most owners don't, which is just as well because the Santa Fe is no Land Rover Freelander in the rough. Mild excursions away from the Tarmac are fine, just don't expect miracles.

It isn't as good as a Freelander on the road, either. It rolls too much in corners, but it's competent enough for the undemanding driver, and the soft ride soaks up the bumps. The V6 petrol and turbodiesel are decent performers, too, and help ensure the Santa Fe is a reasonably refined motorway cruiser.