Consumer Reports Finds Three-Row Hyundai Santa Fe an "Impressively Fuel-Efficient Bargain"

Consumer Reports is keen to point out the differences between the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport, in their latest review, a quick take on the former. They explain to prospective buyers that while they look about the same, the Sport only comes as a five-seater with four-cylinder power only, whereas the larger non-Sport model gets a usable third row and only comes with a V6.

However, they still call it impressively fuel-efficient, despite employing the use of an outdated (in concept, that is, with all of the downsizing that’s been going on recently) naturally-aspirated V6, and also praise it for the quality of fit and finish inside, as well as the clean design.

I would mention though, that after having sat in a Santa Fe Sport immediately after they were launched and were being paraded around, I found the switchgear layout a bit confusing and a bit outdated.

Still, as a package, the Korean brand’s SUV is very attractive, and while this larger model doesn’t have the same sporty visual appeal of the Sport, it is a breath of swoopy fresh air in a class still populated by conservative, boxy shapes. Now scroll down and check out the video in its entirety – it won’t take long, as it’s under two minutes short.

By Andrei Nedelea


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