Need a big 4×4 but don’t want to pay big money? The Hyundai Santa Fe is the car. It doesn’t tow quite as well as a Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it’s still competent.
It coped well enough in the lane-change test up to the final high-speed run, when it took some effort to keep it under control. Crosswinds affected the Santa Fe more than the best towcars in this class. The stopping distance from 30mph was longer than the class leader’s. However, the big Hyundai coped well with the hill-start test.
Which other car offers seven seats, a lot of standard equipment and the power to pull heavy twin-axle vans, all for £23,000?