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Hyundai Sante Fe

The Hyundai Sante Fe

Santa Fe is big, and bold, sort of.

Our week of frolics and fun started with filling Santa Fe full of the detritus humans manage to gather without even trying.  Everything from dogs to dinners, dishes to diamonds, and bags bought brimming with gorgeous gadgets, the big Hyundai swallowed them all whole.


19” wheels and a generous use of curves and lines give Santa Fe the Hyundai family look yet bags of space inside. LED headlights and taillights look modern. The roof has built in rails for more of your junk, and the tailgate has a handsfree function. Just stand there and it will give a few warning beeps before swinging gracefully upward.


There are 7 seats, nuff said.

Front seats have heating and cooling and the outer rear have heating. They also slide forward to the give easy-ish access to the third row. The 3rd row has cup holders and its very own air conditioning, noice!

I wouldn’t want to be crammed into the 3rd row, but the 2nd row has enough room for a whole bunch of burly builders and their friends.


A turbo diesel is reasonably frugal, and is mated to an 8-speed automatic.

Suspension is smooth with a delicious ride quiet ride. Despite large wheels, the cabin stays eerily calm, only slightly bothered on the roughest of roads.

All-wheel-Drive is restricted to the diesel models, but that is OK by me.

Handy facts:

  • Weight – 1870kg
  • Length – 4770mm
  • Height – 1705mm
  • Width – 1890mm
  • Wheelbase – 2765mm
  • Ground Clear – 185mm
  • Towing – 2000kg


You can’t get much better for the price.

There are very few options to be added and the safety gadgets like lane-keeping and AEB, give Santa Fe top scores on ANCAP (5 stars).

Trans: 8-speed auto, AWD

Engine: turbo Diesel Euro 5

Power: 147 kW @ 3,800 RPM

Torque: 440 Nm @ 1,750-2,750 RPM

Economy: 7.5L/100k

Review done by Gay Car Boys