Hyundai Santa Fe long-term review

Hyundai's latest Santa Fe is now fighting in the same territory as premium rivals from Audi and BMW. Is it worth your money? We've got four months to find out...

Hyundai Santa Fe long-term review
  • The car: Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 
  • Run by: John Bradshaw, chief photographer
  • Why it’s here: The appeal of an SUV still remains after my time in an estate
  • Needs to: Offer plenty of space for all my photography gear, provide a comfortable ride on long journeys and have a raft of equipment and modern safety tech

Price £43,295 Price as tested £43,985 Miles covered 8845 Official Economy 38.7mpg (WLTP combined) Test economy 36.7mpg Options fitted Earthy Bronze metallic paint (£690) 

6th May 2019 – Pull out all the stops 

Hyundai Santa Fe start stop

It’s a tricky climate to be creating new cars in, but manufacturers are doing all they can to try and reduce the emissions these big, smelly vehicles produce.

One such feature is the auto stop/start function, fitted to my diesel Hyundai Santa Fe. When coming to a complete stop, the engine automatically switches itself off, saving fuel and cutting down CO2 emissions. It’s a very handy trick, especially when sitting in town traffic.

However, normally the release of the brake makes the engine spring back into life, but on the Santa Fe, there’s sometimes a noticeable delay if you try to make it happen too quickly. This means you have to wait a second before the engine restarts, so going for a roundabout gap is more stilted that it should be. 

There’s also a lag from the automatic gearbox, which causes another delay when you put your foot down. Combine this with the stop/start, and you have a car that’s very difficult to get any immediate action from. 

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