Hyundai Santa Fe
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
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Strong Areas

  • Advanced safety features
  • CRDi with exceptional mid-range 
  • Genuine amount space and room
  • Low maintenance & good reliability
  • Full-time 4WD (Wheel Drive) system

Weak Areas

  • Sky-high pricing
  • Turbo lag at lower RPM
  • Not a true-blue SUV look
  • Not available in all cities
  • Basic and low tactile feel interiors
Hyundai Santa Fe


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Overall Rating
Value For Money
Fully-loaded is one word that can described my soft-looking but solidly-built SUV; Santa Fe. Though initially I was little susceptible about the Hyundai’s SUV but then the booking numbers it received bear the testimony of its credentials. So just before the booking was closed I paid the advance to add this Korean luxury to the bunch of my cars. The most impressive thing about this SUV is its equipment list which heads all the way from North to South. SUV is rated 5-star in collision safety NCAP testing which is quite impressive. Along with this assurance, Santa FE comes with 6 airbags, active head restraint which automatically moves forward according to the conditions, ABS with EBD to take care of the braking action during extreme circumstances, tires with silica based rubber compound to aid in reducing rolling resistance and list just goes on & on. So on safety front it is one of the best loaded SUVs’ available in country and is indeed a very assuring fact. Similarly the convenience aspect has also been taken care of and that too very effectively. Santa Fe features a six CD-changer with the utility of aux-in and USB, steering mounted audio controls, cooler which is very effective in chilling operation even in peak summers along with the smart key dispensing the need to use this key for opening and starting the engine. Santa Fe has dual zone automatic climate controls and an individual vent for all three rows of seats which is very efficient is keeping the rear seat at optimum temperature. Also I often use the cruise control feature when driving on the highway which is just another useful addition to the long list related to convenience aspect of this SUV. Though I am not very serious off-roader, adventurous person, still I purchased the 4X4 version because of the availability of features like differential lock and traction control. Engine of the car is very powerful and when I compared the output with some other SUVs’, I found my Santa Fe leagues ahead from competitors. Whether is city or on highway, Santa Fe is a delightful experience to drive. A small dab or nailing of throttle; car responds with equal eagerness. Though for large part Santa Fe has proved a very reliable and dependable vehicle though I think interior quality need some improvement. The cabin is laid out fine but quality is not something I went gaga about. After all it is not unfair to expect some plush interiors with rich feel when 26 lakh had been debited from your account at one go. Even the faux wood finish that has been used inside fails to appease your senses. Another bellyache is the very soft steering; almost without any sort of feedback. For city part though it augurs well in the interest of driving comfort; it makes you feel vulnerable at high speeds. I would have preferred a little weightier steering wheel.

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