2006 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Full 2.7 petrol from Greece


Not only great value, but also a great car


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

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi 2.2 diesel from UK and Ireland


Lovely, comfortable powerful car until the clutch went early


Seat belts sockets disappear into the seat.

Seat belt socket broke.

Boot lock not working properly.

Same headlight bulb keeps blowing.

Clutch went at 57000 kilometers. Can't even get Hyundai to supply a replacement part. One dealer wants 3000 Euro to put it right. Another wants just 500 Euro labor, and 1600 for the part.

General Comments:

Comfortable, powerful car until the clutch went early. I have had no joy from the dealer or Hyundai, Ireland. Won't be buying Hyundai ever again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2010

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe SLE V6 from North America


I am pleased to date with my investment


I have loved every second of owning my vehicle... with the exception of the windshield-wipers having needed to be replaced; due to a freezing situation the very first winter during a sleet, slush, snow storm which was explained to me to have happened to all vehicles with these particular faulty windshield wipers. The same wipers which were replaced at the dealers expense, and on the same day I arrived at the dealership the following day of the storm, within a very short time; fault was totally acknowledged and expressed by the service representative of the dealership, and I was then courteously offered a hot beverage and a comfortable place to watch TV or read in the short time period it took to replace them all at the dealerships expense...

I can hardly call it a horrible experience at all and am thankful no accident occurred due to the mishap. It was handled with the utmost respect for my safety and cordially as I could have only had hoped for. More businesses could use to learn from the approach in which this was handled. No excuses were made, it was a faulty inferior product and the service person made good in replacing it, and said he regretted to have found out in such circumstances, but that the company certainly stood behind their products and they most certainly did with no debate at all and apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused me.

In comparison to my former vehicle, this far exceeds in performance, I trust it to get out of the way in time to avoid an accident far more than I ever could in the Isuzu unfortunately; and the Isuzu always seemed to be seeping air... losing heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer; and oddly when I hit over 55mph it sounded like a teapot... very strange... It might have been an attractive vehicle, but I never felt safe in it, especially carrying my 2 children in it... and that's not what one should feel about their vehicle. Not to say anyone should have any false sense of security, one must always drive defensively; but to drive in a sense of doubt isn't comforting at all..

I do however feel much better in the Hyundai... from traction to ability to move when you need it to, I just find it a better choice and would suggest one take a test drive and see for themselves.. a V6 of course... and judge for yourselves.

I just love mine... and would purchase another... so far I'll keep ya posted...

General Comments:

This vehicle is quick...

Not your typical mom-mobile...

Very comfortable.. yet I am a woman, my son says it could be a tad bigger but he is used to a full sized truck and that might make the difference in view; other males had no specific comments when driving it pertaining to its size.

Fuel efficiency could be better within city limits, but highway mileage I can't complain about...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008