24. HYUNDAISANTA FE

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

WHILE ri­val seven-seat SUVS have es­ca­lated in price, Hyundai’s Santa Fe has re­mained be­low the magic £40,000 road tax bar­rier and been left to hoover up sales from buy­ers af­ter a fam­ily car that’s a bit more stylish than an MPV. There are five-seat ver­sions on offer, but the seven-seaters are nearly as roomy and offer the added ver­sa­til­ity of a third row. All ver­sions are well equipped, al­though lim­ited ground clear­ance re­stricts the Santa Fe’s off-road abil­ity.

How­ever, un­like a lot of SUVS in this list, ev­ery model in the Santa Fe range comes with four-wheel drive as stan­dard. Price range: £32,845-£39,995 Our pick: 2.2 CRDI 4WD auto Pre­mium (£36,545) En­gine: 2.2-litre 4cyl diesel, 197bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 118mph Econ­omy: 42.8mph CO2: 174g/km

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