Shot from ground level, the front three quarter view of the 2006 mkII Santa Fe helped by arch-filling 18" alloy wheels
Hyundai 4x4 system has option to lock in 4x4 mode, but majority of time drives front wheels only to save energy
Fashion dictates twin rear exhausts
Chunky styling of Santa Fe's rear end looks confident and suitably practical. All like large easy-to-use handle, which has been ditched on the mkIII
I've installed a Kenwood 4016DAB touch screen head unit to update the Santa Fe's woefully out of date original, which had a tape deck!
Interior of this 2006 model has the air of 1990s Vauxhall - plastic faux wood quite horrible. New touch screen Kenwood double din stereo improves things
Alloys have survived the miles well. Not sure if the chrome Side bars
Mid row seating is a big thumbs up from family. Big on headroom, legroom and ability to recline.
Leather seats are comfy, shininess shows they're a generation behind.
Logical but unloveable switches, more fake wood. Eugh.
I wonder if I could get these plastic inserts dipped in different finish?
Side view, pleasantly styled for a 7 seater, shorter than a Ford Galaxy.

Review: Hyundai Santa Fe

March 10, 2017

Having owned this Santa Fe for only a short time, I thought I'd get on and do an early review of it before time and tide rushes by. This 2006 Santa Fe is the latest in a long line of purchases in my search to find a (used) vehicle to suit all our work and family requirements.

Really, I didn't need to change the Audi A4 Avant I'd bought only 6 months ago, but as ever, I found a reason. Actually I found several. I'll let you read about them in my review about the Audi and not bore you here.

The Hyundai was being advertised on Gumtree, and was thankfully close, 10 miles away in fact. I could see from the hand written signs in the windscreen in the photos that the owner had tried roadside advertising to no avail.

On my checklist this time were: bigger tires than the Audi for softer ride, manual gearbox for towing, higher driving positon than the A4, more space for family, 7 seats, optional 4x4 for odd trip onto the rough stuff for work or with caravan, minimum 2.0 140bhp diesel, cruise control. All checked.

The car was slightly light on service history in the current owners hands as he'd carried out his own servicing, but he had enough receipts to show the work, and using the a useful MOT checker app proved its mileage over the years.

One of my neighbours remarked that the Santa Fe was like a combination of several of my cars, which I hadn't thought about. It's got the 7 seats of the S-Max, the 4x4 stance of the Discovery, the interior styling of the HONDA FRV, and the practicality of the Volvo XC70. Maybe then the Santa Fe's all-rounder virtues could (perhaps) spell a longer than usual relationship blossoming... watch this space. TP