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Hyundai Santa Fe

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Hyundai Santa Fe


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

The old car’s interior was functional if plain. Entirely predictably the new one aims for even more space and a more “premium quality”. Taking care of the former is 40 extra litres of boot space (taking us to 625 litres in all), more legroom for second-row passengers and more headroom for those in the third, rearmost row. Access is brilliantly straightforward thanks to second-row seats that unlatch and spring forwards electronically.

Slide the second-row forwards and you’re left with enough kneeroom and headroom for an adult to sit, quite unhappily we’d imagine, for a short journey. Hyundai says it’s considering offering both five- and seven-seat versions of the Santa Fe, but that traditionally it’s the seven-seater than sells.

As for the premium-ness all carmakers seem to be obsessed with nowadays, the Santa Fe eschews a conventional centre-stack and instead goes for the very in-vogue tablet-like touchscreen setup. Screen size and functionality are proportional to money spent, naturally. The flagship eight-incher gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and much besides. Shame Hyundai didn’t give it the UI from the new Nexo, but the system is at least quick to respond and functional. Climate controls look a little low-rent but on the whole, the Santa Fe’s interior feels up to withstanding the rigours of family life, even if material quality is a little mixed.

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