The Kodiaq and 5008 have much more eye-catching starting prices, but that’s because they're available with small petrol engines and relatively meagre trim levels, whereas the entry-level Santa Fe (priced at £33,425) comes with a gutsy diesel engine and loads of kit.
Indeed, although Hyundai expects mid-level Premium trim to be the most popular choice in the UK, we really can't see the point in venturing above SE. Similarly, unless you require muddy field capability or plan to tow, we’d stick with front-wheel drive and, assuming it's reasonably pleasant to use, a manual gearbox.
At this entry-point of the Santa Fe range, you get a very spacious and accomplished seven-seater with a five-year warranty as standard. However, if you don't need quite so much space and can live with a petrol engine, the 5008 and Kodiaq are cheaper to buy and slightly better to drive.
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Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE AWD auto
Price £43,595 Engine 4cyl, 2199cc, diesel Power 197bhp at 3800rpm Torque 325lb ft at 1750-2750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 9.4sec Top speed 127mph Official economy 47.1mpg CO2, tax band 164g/km, 33%
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