Hyundai Santa Fe Review from Greece

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Full 2.7 petrol

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.7 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Not only great value, but also a great car

Faults:

Nothing at all, except sometimes a rough change from 1st to 2nd gear (in auto mode) and when coming to a stop from 2nd to 1st. It happens just once and not anymore afterwards. It's strange, but haven't found the remedy, changed the transmission fluid etc, other than guessing, because it was from the first MK2 Santa Fes, that the programming of the first auto boxes were somewhat faulty under such conditions.

However, not at all a real problem to the car, unless that thumping will evolve into a major transmission problem later on. Funny that when changing gears in manual mode, there is no problem at all.

General Comments:

Great car, problem free even though it's now almost 7 years old, everything (electrical, mechanical) works perfectly, tons of space for passengers and cargo, and great visibility all around.

Only downside is that the suspension is a bit stiff and feels like crushing on bad roads. However it handles well, I guess because of the stiffer suspension, you can't have it all on a good value SUV. Regardless of the stiff suspension squeaks, rattles are nowhere to be found.

Consumption could have been better, but we are talking of a 4 speed previous generation autobox and a heavy chassis. This V6 2.7 runs so smooth though, that you ignore how thirsty the engine may be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2013

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review