Herald Sun - Motoring - - In The Garage - Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

IT’S the automotive equiv­a­lent of be­ing told your zip is un­done, be­cause some peo­ple don’t know whether to say some­thing, while oth­ers will tell you how it is.

My peers tend to be in the lat­ter group, which is how I came to learn that the Blue­tooth in the Hyundai Santa Fe long term loan ve­hi­cle is “s---”.

And that’s the po­lite ver­sion.

Close col­leagues have de­vel­oped a knack for know­ing when I’m in the Santa Fe. I’ve also done some check­ing with other Santa Fe own­ers. Ap­par­ently it’s a thing, which means there is un­likely to be a fix any­time soon.

“It sounds like you’re in a toi­let on the moon,” said one mate. Oth­ers were even more de­scrip­tive.

But you know what? It’s about the only thing I don’t like about the Santa Fe (well, that and a lack of a dig­i­tal speed dis­play).

It’s still re­turn­ing an av­er­age of 8L/100km, which I find as­tound­ing for a close to two-tonne seven-seater.

I’m cheat­ing a lit­tle bit be­cause it’s diesel, and most driv­ing is at cruis­ing speeds rather than stop-start city com­mut­ing which saps what­ever type of fuel you’re us­ing.

Our time is al­most up with the Hyundai. I will be sad to see it go, although I am look­ing for­ward to not hav­ing to plug in head­phones so peo­ple can hear me on the other end of the phone.

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