WHEN I PICKED up the keys to my Santa Fe, I had just come from four months in a Volvo V60, meaning I was switching from an estate to an SUV. This is very much in line with the wider trend, so I was keen to see what advantages the latter brings.
As What Car?’s chief photographer, my days often consist of driving hundreds of miles around the country for crack-of-dawn photo shoots, ladened with photography kit,
Only the Santa Fe’s high price kept it from winning this comparison photography assistant and even a bucket and sponge for getting my subjects ready.
Because of that, I always appreciated the huge boot of this seven-seater; it was able to swallow quite a bit more than the V60 once the third row was folded flat into the floor. And it impressed me not only with the amount of lifestyle paraphernalia it could carry – as well as tripods, I managed to fit garden waste and a dismantled fence for trips to the tip – but also its extra usability.
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