Review

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

We crowned the Hyundai Santa Fe our Best Large SUV at the 2014 Carbuyer Car of the Year awards, which is a measure of how much we rate it.

The latest Santa Fe gets chunky looks and can be fitted with seven seats. Its rivals include the Kia Sorento, Land Rover Freelander and Honda CRV.

Counting in the Hyundai's favour is the model's excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine, which delivers strong performance and good fuel economy for a car of this size. The Santa Fe is an old school rugged off-roader that would be an excellent tow car but isn’t much fun to drive as models such as the new Nissan X-Trail.

Trim levels include Style, Premium and Premium SE. Even the basic model comes with air-conditioning, cruise control, big alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. The Santa Fe also comes complete with Hyundai's superb five-year/100,000-mile warranty.