Most reviews of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe agree that the comfort and quality are much improved, with only a few dissenting opinions.
Many compact crossovers are cramped and uncomfortable inside, particularly in their rear seats. In the Santa Fe, Hyundai "offers impressive room, build quality, and standard safety features," according to ConsumerGuideAuto. MyRide.com also reports the "headroom and legroom in the Santa Fe is greater in all rows than in competing models."
Experts from TheCarConnection.com note the very small third seat, and Car and Driver concurs, saying, "Its third row is for tikes and tots only." On the other hand, "other seats, however, are quite comfy for kids and adults alike."
If you’re looking for cargo space in a safe, low-priced crossover, the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe has "a cargo area of 78.2 cubic feet," says Cars.com. To achieve that, "the third row splits 50/50, the second row splits 60/40 and both fold flat."
ConsumerGuideAuto notes the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe's "engines are subdued at full throttle and remain quiet at routine cruising speeds." However, they also say, "road rumble is apparent over some surfaces."
ConsumerGuideAuto thinks "the faux metal and wood trim is convincing, the headliner is handsome, and no plastics look cheap." TheCarConnection.com disagrees somewhat. Inside the Santa Fe, Hyundai offers a much-improved interior, and it’s superior to many other crossovers, but can disappoint up close with some faux wood and cheap-looking plastics.