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Deal of the day: Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Save nearly Β£3000 off the Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Seven-seat practicality with four-wheel-drive versatility
  • Entry-level cars still get loads of standard kit
Words ByMike Vousden

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We scour the internet broker sites to bring you big discounts on new cars every week. The brokers work with UK main dealers to offer these savings on the latest models.

The car: Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Style 4WD 7st
The saving: Β£2819
The discounted price: Β£26,181
The broker: Orangewheels.co.uk

For
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a large seven-seat SUV that can also be seen as a reasonable alternative to a traditional family MPV. It has a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, although an automatic is also available. The 194bhp unit has plenty of torque and makes light work of the big Santa Fe.

Refinement is decent; too, with the engine remaining unobtrusive at all speeds. Road noise is well suppressed, too. The Santa Fe copes well with big bumps, thanks to its soft suspension and high-profile tyres.

One of the Santa Fe’s biggest assets is its size. Head- and legroom are vast in the first two rows, and the third row of seats will accommodate smaller adults for shorter journeys. The boot is, likewise, gigantic.

It should prove to be a hassle-free investment, too. Running costs are on a par with rivals' and all Hyundais come with the reassurance of a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty. There are seven airbags and a variety of electronic aids to ensure that you stay safe on the road.

Against
There’s loads of lean through bends and the steering is inconsistently weighted meaning you’re not very confident about where the front wheels are pointing and how much grip they’ve got.

While its running costs shouldn’t be too dissimilar from its rivals, the Santa Fe is noticeably more expensive to buy than some rivals, such as the Mitsubishi Outlander. It will also prove more expensive to buy and run than an MPV such as the Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra.

There are other minor niggles. The elevated driving position gives you a good view out of the front but the small side windows and big rear pillars mean that over-the-shoulder visibility is quite limited. The engine can bog down if it falls below 1500rpm and the gearshift feels notchy in use.

Should I add any options?
Entry-level Style models get alloys, rear parking sensors, air-conditioning, Bluetooth and voice control. We’d suggest keeping the price low and avoiding the higher trims.

If you want more toys, however, Premium spec gets heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera and a touch-screen sat-nav.

What next?
Head to Orangewheels.co.uk and select Hyundai and Santa Fe from the drop-down menus to see the full range of deals available.