Hyundai Santa Fe (2018–)

What's good

2.2 CRDi engine is refined and reasonably economical.

Versatile interior with seven seats useable for adults.

Commanding driving position.

Relaxing drive.

Five star Euro NCAP safety rating: 94% adult protection, 88% child protection, 67% pedestrian protection and 76% safety assist.

3-11-2019: Powered tailgate, but word of warning: always ensure you unlock the car before approaching if you have a tow ball mounted bike rack fitted.

What to watch out for

Diesel engine won't suit everyone's needs.

Automatic has lower towing capacity than manual.

Premium price tag on high-spec models.

4-2-2019: Report of issues with diesel particulate filter of WLTP compliant December 2018/68 Hyundai Santa Fe. The car has done 1100 miles so far on a diet of extra urban 15 mile commutes on national speed limit and 30mph urban roads plus a few long uns. Owner following run in advice and regularly hitting higher revs. The DPF warning light started to flashing during a 90 mile motorway run at 70mph. Dealer advised to follow regen cycle. The light went out for 20 miles but has come back on.

9-5-2019: Further to 4-2-2019, Hyundai had the car for a month and have confirmed the fix consisted of a ‘new DPF, catalytic converter and pressure differential pipe work’. The car is back at the dealer again today because the boot lid is stuck closed and the powered lift isn’t working. The lock actuator doesn’t respond to the inner/outer latch. The auto wipers also don’t respond to rain. Five months old, five weeks with the dealer and counting for six separate faults.

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