Road Trip with Hyundai Santa Fe

Road Trip with Hyundai Santa Fe


Pickle says…One of the favourite things I love about Mummy’s job are the lovely things we get to try. One of which is cars. We were lucky enough to have a Hyundai Sante Fe for half term a few weeks ago, and here is what we thought of it….

Road Trip with Hyundai Santa Fe

We took the Hyundai Santa Fe from home in Pembrokeshire all the way to Kent for a weekend away, all the way home, then to Bristol for a few days and back. So we spent quite a bit of time in this car!

What we loved:

Electric roof blind, panoramic glass roof and electric opening sunroof.

Heated AND cooled front seats!

Automatic drivers seat which moved when Mummy got in and out of the car.

Lights on the wing mirrors and a beeping alarm to show Mummy when cars were approaching and overtaking  – brilliant for motorway driving.

Indicators on the mirrors.

Excellent sat nav.

Easy to use cruise control.

Automatic boot opening with a button inside the car, or on the key fob.

The boot was HUGE! We had three suitcases, our massive Yippie Yo cross buggy and lots of bags, coats, boots etc and there was still room to spare.

Mummy said it was stunning to drive.

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What we didn’t like:

The back seat is a tad too small for two tall teens and me in my car seat.

Fuel economy wasn’t as good as Mummy thought it would be. (Average 32mpg even on a long run).

That we had to give it back to Hyundai!!

Technical Specification:

CRDi diesel 197PS – 6 Speed Automatic Transmission 4WD


EXTERIOR   19″ Alloy Wheels, Body Coloured Mirrors with Integrated Indicators, Chrome Effect Door Handles, Radiator Grille – Black Gloss/Chrome, Rear Spoiler with High-mounted Brake Light, Roof Rails, Skid Plates – Front and Rear, Solid Paint

INTERIOR   Chrome Effect Interior Door Handles, Fascia Trim – Insert Film Effect, Front Centre Armrest with Storage Compartment, Leather Steering Wheel and Gear Knob

SEATING   3rd Row Folding Seats (50/50) – 7 seat only, Driver’s Seat with Manual Height Adjustment, Electric Driver’s Seat Adjustment, Electric Lumbar Support, Front and Rear Head Restraints with Vertical Adjustment, Heated Front Seats, Leather Seat Trim (seat facings only) Rear Armrest with Cupholder, Split Folding Rear Seats (60/40)

VENTILATION & VISIBILITY   Adjustable Intermittent Front Windscreen Wipers with Aero Wiper Blade, Automatic De-fog System for Front Windscreen, Automatic Headlights, Daytime Running Lights, Dual Zone Climate Control, Follow-me-home Headlight Function, Front Fog Lights, Front Windscreen Wiper De-icer, Headlight Washers, Heated Rear Windscreen with Washer and Wiper, Panoramic Sunroof, Privacy Glass, Rain Sensing Front Windscreen Wipers, Rear Air Conditioning, Tinted Glass with Windscreen Shade Band, lXenon Headlights with Static Levelling Device

CONVENIENCE   12V Power Outlet in Front Console (2), 2V Power Outlet in Luggage Compartment, Ashtray and Cigarette Lighter, Electric Front and Rear Windows with One-touch Auto Up/Down Control and Anti-trap for All Windows, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Door Mirrors, Electrically Folding Door Mirrors with Puddle Lamp, Front and Rear Door Pockets, Front Cup Holders, Front Map Reading Light and Sunglasses Holder, Front Seat Back Pockets, Full Size Alloy Spare Wheel, Glove Compartment with Cooling Function, Illumination and Lockable Height and Reach Adjustable Steering Column Ignition Socket Illumination, Instrument Panel Brightness Control Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button, Luggage Compartment Light, Luggage Compartment Under-floor Storage, Luggage Hooks, Luggage Net, Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), One-touch Folding 2nd Row Seat Handle, One-touch Indicators, Sun Visors with Vanity Mirrors and Illumination, Windscreen Washer Fluid Sensor and Warning Indicator

TECHNOLOGY & ENTERTAINMENT   6 Speakers Bluetooth® Connectivity with Voice Recognition* Cruise Control with Speed LimiterFlex SteerTM Front Parking Sensors, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear View Parking Camera with Parking Guidance System, Self Levelling Suspension, Smart Parking Assist, Steering Wheel Audio and Phone Controls, Stereo RDS Radio/CD Player with MP3 Compatibility, Supervision Instrument Cluster with LCD Display, Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Trip Compute, USB and Aux Connections,

SAFETY & SECURITY   7 Airbags – Front, Front Side, Curtain, Driver’s Knee, Active Hood System (AHS), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS),Brake Assist System (BAS), Childproof Rear Door Locks, Deadlocks, Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Electric Parking Brake, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Front Passenger Airbag De-activation Switch, Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners, Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Rear ISOfix Child Seat Anchorage Points (outer seats only), Remote Central Locking, Seatbelt Reminder, Speed Sensitive Automatic Door Locking Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)–lVehicle Stability Management (VSM).

Phew – what a fantastic spec this car has!

The model we had for review was the Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE. It is £37, 110 on the road.

‘On the road’ prices include 20.0% VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months road fund licence, first registration fee, and Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care assurance package.

All models are available with free 7-day drive away insurance.

We LOVED our road trip with Hyundai Santa Fe, what do think of this car? We also have some great family friendly European road trip tips for you.

We were given this car for our road trip in exchange for our honest review.


  1. Ooh you lucky things! This looks like a fab car. Boot space is really important for us, I’d be concerned about the lack of room in the back though too.
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  2. Oh I didn’t realise the Hyundai did a 7 seater! We went with a citroen in the end but I do love Hyundai! That boot space is amazing!

  3. Impressive ! Sounds like the ideal FAMILY car great review

  4. I never get the chance to ride yet the Santa Fe car. I like that it is not so small and not so huge at the same time. Indeed perfect for some road trip activity. Looking forward to try this too.

  5. Love it, so stylish and you ar right, what a spec it has!! We are desperately in need of a new car but there is no way I would be able to park that brute! haha So jealous of how much space there was in the back, too!
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  6. It sounds like a great car, just a bit of a shame on the fuel economy
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  7. Oooh this is interesting! I didn’t know they did a 7 seater!

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