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Hyundai Santa Fe

2.2 CRDI CAR review

By Ollie Kew

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21 October 2013 10:00

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the most iteration of the family SUV yet, but is the styling backed up by all-round CAR has driven the range-topping Premium to find out.

Just how Hyundai Santa Fe do I get for my money?

the Santa Fe starts at £25,850, our all-the-trimmings test car comes in at In said specification, it’s a well-equipped workhorse. There’s all-wheel drive, seven and on our test car, an extensive of standard equipment.

Touchscreen infotainment with and reversing camera is joined by automatic lights and wipers, leather seats, parking climate control, an electric and cruise control.

What’s the like?

Materials are on a par with rivals, if not up to the level of German Hyundai would like to There are a couple of ergonomic too. Why, for instance, is the pointless steering mode (choose from Comfort, and Sport) given pride of on the wheel, yet the far more oft-used filler cap release is hidden in the handle?

It smacks of an afterthought, as do the air-con positioned for passenger rather driver ease-of-use.

As you’d it’s roomy inside. six-footers in the second row will your passengers no cause for and there’s decent room for the in the rear-most seats, though do of course eat into the 516L (the seats, not the children.) to the third row is restricted by the second row only flipping their forward half-heartedly, as opposed to a tuck-and roll manoeuvre.

Five-seat Santa Fes have a load bay: drop the row backrests and the seven-seater offers to the five-seater’s 1680L.

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Is the Santa Fe any to drive?

The 2.2-litre diesel is a fine powerplant: exceptionally for a four-pot derv, and manages to lug the chunky two-tonne kerb The outright power figure of looks underwhelming, but 311lb ft of is what’ll be doing the hard – more’s the pity it’s on tap from 1800-2500rpm. Plus, of our driving was undertaken one-up.

Load the Santa Fe to seven-up with assorted paraphernalia and you find yourself wishing to some mechanical refinement for a more low-rev urge. We 38.2mpg: a two-wheel drive would doubtless improve to around 100kg less and reduced drivetrain friction. claims the front-driver Santa Fe available as the entry-level ‘Style’ will run 47.9 miles on a of the black stuff.

Economy suffer to the tune of 4.8mpg if you the £1705 automatic gearbox, but a worthwhile sacrifice to avoid the six-speed manual, which is a old wrist-sprainer when cold.

For the most part, the Santa Fe is and fairly relaxed to drive, commendably suppressed wind and well-sorted ride comfort, partly to the high-profile sidewalls of the 18in alloys’ tyres. be fooled into thinking SUV is a true ‘Sports’ Utility though – understeer, body and brake dive betray the you’re not buying BMW X5 dynamics for X3 here.

But, doesn’t the have enough crashy-riding, cars already? The Santa Fe is one of most ‘Fit For Purpose Vehicles’, which is no criticism.

How does the Santa Fe compare on to its rivals?

Main rival to the 4×4 Santa Fe is the Kia Sorento. costs £29,095 in like-for-like – in fact you can have an automatic for £75 less than the manual Fe. Both boast extensive (Hyundai’s is five years unlimited mileage, with a headline-grabbing seven). Those should be enough to tear you from ideas of snapping up a old Audi Q7 or Land Rover instead.

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