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Hyundai Santa Fe: Expect big things

Things move fast in the car world. A new Hyundai Santa Fe arrived only two years ago, but the big family SUV is already being shown the door, writes William Scholes

Hyundai Santa Fe

THINGS move fast in the car world. A new Hyundai Santa Fe arrived only two years ago, but the big family SUV is already being shown the door, writes William Scholes.

It wasn't a bad car, either. But this new one ought to be a step-change better, especially as it shares a platform and engines with the Sorento from sister company Kia.

The latest Sorento genuinely - and surprisingly - impressed me when I drove it last year, and it was easily one of my favourite cars of a pandemic-scarred 2021.

The Santa Fe gets the same 1.6-litre engine, offered as either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. If you think that sounds too small for such a large vehicle, think again.

The regular hybrid has a power output of 227bhp and the plug-in 261bhp; the outgoing Santa Fe had a 2.2-litre diesel with 197bhp, and it was never as quiet or as smooth as this latest generation petrol-hybrid. The plug-in is claimed to be able to do 36 miles on a full charge.

Hyundai Santa Fe

There are front- and four-wheel-drive options and a six-speed automatic is your only gearbox choice.

It's a massive vehicle, so has plenty of room for seven passengers. Your kids will love it.

The big SUV is generously equipped as well. It's offered in two trim levels - Premium and Ultimate - with prices starting at £40,250 and rising to just shy of £49k for a plug-in Ultimate.

That pricing tracks the Sorento and while it sounds like strong money, if the Santa Fe is anywhere as accomplished and plush as the Kia, it could be worth it.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

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