Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Price £26,000 - £35,030
- Excellent modern design
- Huge interior space
- Five-year warranty
- Quite expensive to buy
- Automatic gearbox is poor
- Third-row seat access and space
The Hyundai Santa Fe was crowned Best Large SUV at the Carbuyer Car of the Year awards in 2014, which is a measure of how good it is. The latest model looks much classier than the car it replaced thanks to a chrome grille and chunky styling.
Inside, the quality of the interior has also improved, although it still can't match cars like the Land Rover Freelander 2 (apart from on price, that is), but does offer the option of seven seats.
All models get the same 2.2-litre diesel engine, which has the power to cope with the Hyundai's size and can also return decent fuel economy for a large off-roader. Owners can choose to spec two-wheel drive if they wish to boost economy further.
The increase in quality has resulted in an increase in price and the Hyundai Santa Fe now shares roughly the same price bracket as premium models such as the Land Rover Freelander and BMW X3. Playing into the Hyundai's favour is its excellent five-year warranty, which is better than you’ll get in either the Land Rover or the BMW, but two years shorter than you’ll get in the similarly-sized Kia Sorento.