Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2019,​ Review, Price and Changes

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 4WD 2019 Review, Price and Specification – The steering is direct and blessed with a surprising amount of feel – there’s no point-and-guess that you get with many wallowy seven-seater SUVs.

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 4WD 2019 Review

The new eight-speed automatic gearbox makes largely smooth, unnoticeable shifts, although the lack of dual-clutch option means they’re not as smooth as they could be. At motorway speeds, there’s little complaint from the suspension, although a UK drive could bring out some flaws we’ve yet to see, given the state of our Tarmac compared with Barcelona’s. It’s certainly more settled over what bumps we encountered than the Skoda Kodiaq, mind.

Wind noise is the biggest audible flaw, but even then there’s not an upsetting amount. Otherwise, the cabin is peaceful and attractive. Closer inspection of some interior trim reveals it to be a little more imitation luxury than genuine plushness (reach lower down than usual to feel where it gets cheaper), but that could be the trade-off for a decent level of practicality. Even the rearmost seats are suitable (just) for adults, who’ll only begin to think about complaining on longer journeys.

Equipment such as air conditioning for the rearmost passengers and easy folding of the second-row seats at the touch of a button show that the Santa Fe’s third row is less of an afterthought than many five-cum-seven-seaters, although some more time (and money) could be spent on the infotainment system. It’s a floating unit atop the dashboard, and is frustratingly unintuitive to use at times, while the graphics feel fairly dated.

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 4WD 2019 Price

That could be the sticking point. See, where other brands, such as Skoda, start their seven-seat SUVs at a price beginning with the number two, the Tucson starts at £33,425, and is priced, as tested in predicted bestselling Premium Automatic 4WD spec, at £40,795.

There’s not much wrong with the Santa Fe from what we’ve gleaned here, but a class based on value and metal-for-money demands perhaps a better starting price than £33,425. The Nissan X-Trail, for instance, starts at just over £28,000. For comparison, the bells-and-whistles Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 Sport Line 4×4 5dr DSG is £37,450.

Price aside, though, the Santa Fe isn’t inconsiderable in its talents – although not the last word in driver appeal, it’s more fun to drive than other contenders in the class would have you think. It’s big, yes, but handles its size well, and although couldn’t be definitively described as agile, does a convincing impression of a car that is.

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 4WD 2019 specification

Where Barcelona, Spain Price £40,795 On sale November Engine 4 cyls, 1997cc, diesel Power 197bhp at 3800rpm Torque 325lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1895kg Top speed 127mph 0-62mph 9.4sec Fuel economy 47.1mpg CO2 164g/km Rivals Kia Sorento,Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 4WD 2019 Review, Price and Specification,