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Should you buy a Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe has taken a big leap over its predecessor, edging ever further into the premium car market the South Korean manufacturer is pushing to be part of. While its looks may not suit those more attracted to the restrained styling of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace or Land Rover Discovery Sport, there's no denying the Santa Fe's credentials as a big, comfortable and refined family car. 

No matter the model you pick, it comes packed with equipment as standard, a grown-up drive with a very comfortable interior and impressive build quality. This does mean there's quite a hefty outlay, whether it's cash or PCP finance that you're using to purchase this big Hyundai, but if you can stretch to it, the Santa Fe is an excellent choice in a very competitive segment of the market. It also boasts Hyundai's five-year warranty over most rivals' three-year setups for extra peace of mind if you plan to keep the car that long. 

Engine choice is simple as there's only one, and the diesel is quiet and strong enough to haul the car along with ease. We'd suggest pairing it with the automatic transmission - it suits the car's relaxed nature and there isn't too much of a penalty in terms of running costs if you stick with a front-wheel drive model. In doing so, that means you get a choice of all trim levels, where we'd opt for mid-spec Premium for the best blend of equipment and cost. 

However, while it has the exterior dimensions of a large family car, if you regularly carry seven you'll want to check everyone fits. The third row of seats isn't as practical as those found in full-size MPVs like a Ford Galaxy or Volkswagen Caravelle. In five-seat mode, however, there's generous amounts of interior room and a vast boot. 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe rear