Hyundai Santa Fe SUV: big step up in class, and price

Sep 20, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the Hyundai Sante Fe SUV


Price: from £25,495

Pros: Excellent modern design, huge interior space, five-year warranty

Cons: high price, automatic gearbox is poor, difficult to access third-row seats

4/5, Carbuyer
"The latest Hyundai Santa Fe is a huge step forward from the car it replaces, both in terms of design and interior quality. However, it comes with a price to match, stretching Hyundai's reputation for offering value for money further than any car it has ever released before. The five-year warranty package remains, as does the powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine, but the Santa Fe now costs a similar amount to Honda's new CR-V."

4/5, Auto Express
"The Santa Fe is a big step up from the model it replaces. It looks like a car from the class above, and it's comfortable and well equipped on the inside, too. It drives relatively well, and will transport up to seven people with very little fuss, providing you dodge the potholes. Is it good enough to justify the extra £3,435? We’d say so, but only just."

4/5, What Car?
"Hyundai has raised the prices for this generation of Santa Fe, although cheaper variants should come along once the company starts selling versions powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel instead of the 2.2. Even so, the standard kit list looks reasonably generous, with alloys, reversing sensors, air-con, Bluetooth, seven airbags and Trailer Stability Assist on all models. There's no escaping the fact that the Santa Fe is no longer the steal it once was - but it's an excellent package that is considerably better than cheaper rivals such as the Chevrolet Captiva."

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