Hyundai’s contender in the emerging sports and leisure off-roader sector, Santa Fe is a handsome machine that has been designed to undertake the Toyota RAV-4 in a price 10 % lower.
Engine choice is a 2.0 litre diesel, and only a 2.4 four cylinder or 2.7 litre V6 petrol. Two- or all-wheel drive could be specified, and ground clearance is enough for the machine to cope with sandy beaches or muddy fields once the latter option continues to be specified.
Handling on the road is very good – the 2×4 being much better than the 4×4 – and there’s sufficient ground clearance to really make it useful performer off road. Accommodation is spacious, and equipment levels are great, too.