Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Price: £25,850 - £34,875
- Excellent modern design
- Huge interior space
- Five-year warranty
- Quite expensive to buy
- Automatic gearbox is poor
- Third-row seat access and space
The third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe SUV looks and feels much better quality than the car it replaced and was named Carbuyer Best Large SUV in the 2014 Car of the Year Awards. The exterior is sleeker, while the interior shows a jump in quality that is only matched by the SUV's jump in price – Hyundai is no longer the budget brand it once was and list prices reflect that.
The Santa Fe only comes with a 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine, with every model except for the entry-level car coming with four-wheel-drive as standard. A manual or automatic gearbox is available across the range, and you can also order the Santa Fe with seven seats – albeit an extra row of tiny, cramped seats that are difficult to get to and sit by very small back windows.
Since the increase in cost, the Santa Fe now sits in the same bracket as the Honda CR-V and Land Rover Freelander 2, pushing the large SUV increasingly upmarket. But you do get Hyundai's truly excellent five-year warranty, as well as good handling, roomy dimensions and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, too.