It's not just memories of the bitter winter weather which are making 4x4 vehicles a popular choice for British buyers. More and more are choosing to discover the delights of Britainrather than go abroad on holiday - and they want a car which can keep up with their leisure activities.
According to a panel of experts the Hyundai Santa Fe could well be the perfect choice for these adventurous 'staycationers'. The family 4x4 has just been named as the 'Best Value 4x4 of the Year' by a panel of judges from the Caravan and Camping Club and from magazines What Car? and Practical Caravan.
What Car?'s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Fowler explained why the Santa Fe is a worthy winner of this accolade: "The Santa Fe thoroughly deserves its award as the best value 4x4. You know the Santa Fe is a good towcar after just a few miles, but it's easy to miss just how good until you consider the price.
"For more than £10,000 less than the XC60, and nearly £20,000 less than the Land Rover Discovery, this is a car that will happily tow the majority of caravans, has room for seven and an enviable list of standard equipment. You can expect 41.5mpg driving solo, according to official figures. That's excellent for a car which weighs the thick-end of two tonnes."
Hyundai UK's managing director Tony Whitehorn said; "We are delighted to win this prestigious award. We know the Santa Fe is a popular choice for owners who like to get hitched, and we have worked hard to make it the best possible package.
"The Santa Fe offers a great mix of supercar torque and hatchback fuel economy, as well as being a spacious and extremely capable family car."
The Hyundai Santa Fe range starts at £21,620 and is available with five or seven seats and six speed manual or automatic gearboxes.Published 17 June 2010