Hyundai Santa Fe review (2012 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Hyundai Santa Fe

review onwards)


What: Santa Fe

Where: Farnborough, UK

September 2012

Price: – £34,395

Available: 2012

Hyundai’s new Santa Fe is a all-rounder, but does the improving of the brand match price at the same rate?

Key rivals: Kia Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Captiva, Peugeot 4007, Rover Discovery



First impressions On this front the third Hyundai Santa Fe is a winner. It bold, substantial and individual – how an SUV should portray itself.

If buying an off-roader you’re a statement, why not let your car say it for you?

The first impression continues We sampled a well-specified mid-range trim model, and the expanse of decent ergonomics and good of equipment immediately makes you “yeah, I could live this.”

But is that enough? Shouldn’t you to buy a car, not think you could get by one? This latest of the Santa Fe is much more in its approach compared to its predecessor, but UK buyers be able to look the badge?

Is there a competent SUV beneath those smart

With prices starting at for the entry-level Style model, to a not inconsiderate £34,395 for the top-spec Premium SE version before some prospective customers have to realise Hyundai isn’t a budget brand


There isn’t a of engine options in the new car. variant gets the Korean 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 197hp and 311lb ft of

It’s a strong unit and refined too. Noise into the cabin is well and it’s only when you rev the car out to the familiar four-pot diesel makes itself known. everyday conditions though, no noisier than our Range Evoque long termer.


As a result, you waft rather serenely

You don’t to work the motor that anyway, such is the large of torque. The automatic version boasts a further 11lb ft, both cars’ maximum force available from

This means you can move the Fe along relatively swiftly, its significant size. 0-62mph up in 9.4 seconds while top speed at 118mph.

Flat-out performance what the car is about however. The six-speed automatic does a job of always keeping you in the meat of the range without constantly for gears. As a result, you waft rather serenely, accompanied by a chassis…


Ride and

The setup is on the firm side, but because the UK market Santa Fe a completely different chassis “to work on our undulating roads,” to Hyundai.

It’s well judged,

The car feels taut and body is well controlled, but it’s compliant – you notice potholes, but not to the where it uncomfortably shocks the As a result grip is good and you can begin to throw the car into with gusto.

The on-demand drive system copes

The latest Santa Fe gets Flex Steer technology offers three modes – Normal and Sport. Comfort is light and doesn’t inspire Normal is better weighted and is OK for use, but the Sport mode is the we prefer.

It doesn’t mean you to drive the car fast all the time, it affords a little more as to what the front end is doing and the weight (it’s not too heavy, means the big SUV feels more on the road.

As the Santa Fe is an off-roader, we sampled what the car could do you leave the tarmac. Albeit it not the course, the on-demand four-wheel system copes well and wheel slip early, smoothly between two- and drive.

There is a manual override to the centre diff and keep it in mode permanently, if you wish.

We seem to say it with every Hyundai these days, but and build quality compared to five years ago has moved on and bounds.

Leather seats are on the mid-range Premium trim we and the chairs are comfortable. There is of soft-touch plastic scattered as well as some nice detailing.

For the third-gen vehicle has redesigned the indicator stalks The ergonomics are better – as is the action – but the scratchy, shiny plastic has dropped in favour of a nice matt-finish material.

It’s a point, but one that shows the has serious premium aspirations and is it up with attention to detail.


One major gripe we with the Santa Fe’s centres on the seven-seat model – and as a 62% of buyers will opt for the bigger it’s an important point,

Access to the third row of seats is The second row seatbacks fold, but the of the chairs doesn’t flip up. You can the seats forward to help, but not the backs are down.

It’s an and means the aperture you’re with to climb through is tiny. Once you’re there, legroom is poor as The seven-seat configuration doesn’t boot space.

Seats it gives the same 534 litres as the car.

Economy and safety

the first time Hyundai has a two-wheel drive Santa Fe, best efficiency now stands at combined with 155g/km CO2

The 2.2-litre motor has been to reduce emissions and fuel The best four-wheel drive offers is 46.3mpg combined 159g/km CO2 – an 11.5% improvement the second-gen vehicle.

The new Santa Fe hasn’t yet been put Euro NCAP’s crash procedure, but Hyundai is confident the Santa Fe will attain a five-star rating. Watch space.

The MSN Cars verdict

The new Santa Fe is a capable all-round In its latest guise it’s looking, more efficient, and nicer inside. But it’s more expensive – an extra for the range opener.

Then you get more for your money and better quality, too.

The is Hyundai doesn’t make basement cars today – the has grown and improved so quickly recent years, punter’s of the badge arguably hasn’t at the same rate in many

If you’re looking for a competent – in either five- or seven-seat – the Santa Fe is certainly worth

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