Found 1st Jan
Hi, hopefully someone will be able to provide me with their honest views on the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 Diesel.

I'm currently looking at changing my car for an SUV around the £20-23,000 range (so second hand). I'm currently drawn between the Hyundai and the Nisan X-Trail (which seems to be better value for money - although I have concerns about the engine size 1.6l and it's ability to regularly transport four adults and baggage).

I'd welcome any comments on the fuel economy achieved,its overall performance and its infotainment system - does the 2014 version come with DAB?

Thanks in advance

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I had a 2012 santa fe premium which I only recently downgraded as there was only me using the vehicle so didn't need such a big one.
the new version has exactly the same engine . I had the 2.2dci which was an excellent workhorse could easily seat 4 adults luggage and pull a caravan no effort.
I didn't know there was a 1.6 but I would say this would be underpowered for such a large heavy vehicle.
the 5 year hyundai warranty was also amazing.
I had a small bit of corrosion on 1 alloy that I didn't even notice and they changed all 4 alloys for brand new ones under warranty.
it's also nicer inside than the Nissan which I feel looks a bit plasticy and cheap.
hope that helps a bit

ah sorry I see . Nissan is 1.6.
2.2 hyundai is a great car . cannot recommend it and the service I recirved highly enough

I also easily achieved 45mpg all the time

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srp111

I had a 2012 santa fe premium which I only recently downgraded as there … I had a 2012 santa fe premium which I only recently downgraded as there was only me using the vehicle so didn't need such a big one.the new version has exactly the same engine . I had the 2.2dci which was an excellent workhorse could easily seat 4 adults luggage and pull a caravan no effort.I didn't know there was a 1.6 but I would say this would be underpowered for such a large heavy vehicle.the 5 year hyundai warranty was also amazing.I had a small bit of corrosion on 1 alloy that I didn't even notice and they changed all 4 alloys for brand new ones under warranty. it's also nicer inside than the Nissan which I feel looks a bit plasticy and cheap.hope that helps a bit



Srp111 thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm glad you had such a positive experience with the car and I'll go take a look at the car in my local dealership.

Found them to be a pest to get bits for and usually parts are expensive. Ok if your keeping it for shorter time but tend to fall to bits when theyre older

I personally found most crossovers rather disappointing in terms of four adults when looking last year, estates and MPVs offered much nicer rear seats for the same money.

If there's a VW Sharan in executive trim near you (executive gets different rear seats) then I'd definitely recommend having a noodle around that. Infiniti's QX70 was nice to sit in as well, but boot space is surprisingly modest for such a large car.

Nissan's 1.6 is a pretty powerful engine IIRC, with the same torque and horsepower as the 2.0 it replaced.

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123batman321

Found them to be a pest to get bits for and usually parts are expensive. … Found them to be a pest to get bits for and usually parts are expensive. Ok if your keeping it for shorter time but tend to fall to bits when theyre older



Thanks, I must admit after reading your message I went in the Hyundai website and there was an absence of detail around repairs and servicing whereas Vauxhall etc all had fixed prices costs. Hadn't considered that angle.

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EndlessWaves

I personally found most crossovers rather disappointing in terms of four … I personally found most crossovers rather disappointing in terms of four adults when looking last year, estates and MPVs offered much nicer rear seats for the same money.If there's a VW Sharan in executive trim near you (executive gets different rear seats) then I'd definitely recommend having a noodle around that. Infiniti's QX70 was nice to sit in as well, but boot space is surprisingly modest for such a large car.Nissan's 1.6 is a pretty powerful engine IIRC, with the same torque and horsepower as the 2.0 it replaced.



Thanks for your comments, whilst I would agree that like with most things the jack of all trades seldom excel at anything I'm looking for a car that will transport four adults have a 4x4 capability (should it ever be needed) and a high driving position as I suffer with back problems hence the SUV plan. I had also considered the Volvo XC60 which may be worth a second glance.

Have you had a look at the Mazda CX5?
We have the 2.2d engine in our Mazda 6 and while it's not fast it eats up the miles with ease and not missed a beat since we had it.

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GAVINLEWISHUKD

Have you had a look at the Mazda CX5? We have the 2.2d engine in our … Have you had a look at the Mazda CX5? We have the 2.2d engine in our Mazda 6 and while it's not fast it eats up the miles with ease and not missed a beat since we had it.



Thanks will take a look

Try also a Mitsubishi Outlander Phev which is inside your price range. Example below so you should find cheaper as I'm N.Ireland.

Autotrader Outlander PHEV
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 1st Jan

or a sorrento i have the 13 plate kx3 2.2 and its a joy kia

bwlmog

have a 4x4 capability (should it ever be needed)



Going for 4x4 isn't necessarily the best idea if you're not going to need it on a regular basis. You can pick up a set of snow socks for £50-60 that'll do just as well if you get snowed in one winter but are a lot lighter, cheaper and less likely to result in extra costs than a 4x4 system (whether that's fuel or maintenance).

bwlmog

Thanks, I must admit after reading your message I went in the Hyundai … Thanks, I must admit after reading your message I went in the Hyundai website and there was an absence of detail around repairs and servicing whereas Vauxhall etc all had fixed prices costs. Hadn't considered that angle.



​the most expensive service I paid was a complete 100k mile service which was £400 but included every fluid in the vehicle being changed.
brake fluid.
gear fluid.
oil.
transfer box etc etc .
including filters.
the normal service was less than going to a back Street garage .
they have a set price .
I highly recommend hyundai.
no I don't work or have anything to do with them. just super impressed.
and the 5 year warranty is transferable

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the porter

or a sorrento i have the 13 plate kx3 2.2 and its a joy kia



Thanks we did look at the Sorrento but in the showroom it looked much bigger than the Santa Fe and my wife felt it was too big for her. Worth another look though.

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srp111

​the most expensive service I paid was a complete 100k mile service which … ​the most expensive service I paid was a complete 100k mile service which was £400 but included every fluid in the vehicle being changed.brake fluid.gear fluid.oil.transfer box etc etc .including filters.the normal service was less than going to a back Street garage .they have a set price .I highly recommend hyundai. no I don't work or have anything to do with them. just super impressed.and the 5 year warranty is transferable



Thanks it's good to know that the service costs aren't excessive. Hyundai could do with advertising their costs somewhere though.

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cecilmcroberts

Try also a Mitsubishi Outlander Phev which is inside your price range. … Try also a Mitsubishi Outlander Phev which is inside your price range. Example below so you should find cheaper as I'm N.Ireland. Autotrader Outlander PHEV



Thanks for your comment, I did look briefly at this car at the start due to the advertised MPG but I have concerns about the costs of cell replacements on hybrids and the maintenance costs due to it still being a new(ish) technology

I'm a car "guy" and there was a time I had owned more cars than years driving. Personally I like Beemers, however the family car is a Santa Fe. Premium SE. It's our third one we have owned. Each time we came to renew and each time we go back. They are great.

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R1cbm

I'm a car "guy" and there was a time I had owned more cars than years … I'm a car "guy" and there was a time I had owned more cars than years driving. Personally I like Beemers, however the family car is a Santa Fe. Premium SE. It's our third one we have owned. Each time we came to renew and each time we go back. They are great.



Thanks for your comments, the one I'm looking at is the Premium SE 2014 model. Is there much of a change between that and the current model details available seem limited on the evolution of the car. If you don't mind me asking what is the MPG that you get in this?
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