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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
impressive room, build quality, and standard safety features
Its third row is for tikes and tots only”
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there is definitely a new contemporary feel and a higher level of comfort
The 2010 Santa Fe has a reasonably roomy interior that's spacious enough for four adults; five can fit in a pinch, though they'll jostle shoulders.
This leaves impressive cargo space in back, with a flat floor created if you fold the seats forward. The steering wheel now adjusts for tilt and telescopically on all models now, so a wide range of driver sizes should be able to get comfortable.
Cars.com reports that the Santa Fe offers "a cargo area of 78.2 cubic feet," and notes that "the second row splits 60/40 and both fold flat." ConsumerGuide asserts that the Hyundai Santa Fe "offers impressive room, build quality, and standard safety features."
Unlike other compact crossovers, the Santa Fe is spacious and comfortable in the rear seat area. Automotive.com also reports the "headroom and legroom in the Santa Fe is greater in all rows than in competing models." Hyundai used to offer a third-row seat on the Santa Fe, but that's been discontinued for 2010 (wisely, as it was tight even for small kids).
Overall, the Santa Fe's driving feel is surprisingly capable and somewhat sporty compared to that of other crossovers, with a ride that's well controlled and quiet. ConsumerGuide notes that "road rumble is apparent over some surfaces."
Automotive.com notes how Santa Fe includes "realistic-looking (but faux) wood-trim accents across the width of the dashboard, surrounding the shifter, and along the door panels."
"The faux metal and wood trim is convincing, the headliner is handsome, and no plastics look cheap," says ConsumerGuide. TheCarConnection.com disagrees somewhat, thinking of trim and materials as a weakness; Hyundai upgrades trim and upholstery for 2010, though the design itself doesn't change.
Comfort and utility are strengths for the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe; upgraded materials should add some class this year to the interior.