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