Our cars: Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Octavia

Read the latest updates on the What Car? long-term test fleet. Our Santa Fe performs faultlessly as a load-lugger and we keep an eye on the oil temperature in the Octavia...

Our cars: Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Octavia

Every day, we take a look at a selection of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Octavia

Hyundai Santa Fe

I've finally had chance to test the Santa Fe's load carrying ability for large, awkward items - well, more than I do every day with camera kit.

The package in question was a very long box filled with a flat-pack swinging garden seat. My concern at the size of the item was quelled immediately - the box fitted lengthways with room to spare, and without the need to slide the front passenger seat forwards.

The seat bases and backrests all fold down to almost flat at the pull of a lever in the boot, and there's no need to remove any headrests, thanks to the ample middle row legroom.

You can easily see the rear pillar blind spot above that I mentioned in last week’s update, and this angle also shows how much the waistline rises to the rear of the car.

In any case, the Santa Fe performed faultlessly as a load-lugger, which is more than can be said about my flat-pack furniture building skills.

By Will Williams

Read all of our updates on life with our Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi.

In the car park

Web test editor Barnaby Jones keeps a close eye on the oil temperature in the Skoda Octavia - but is he alone in being so considerate?

Read more about our long-term fleet.