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Meet the Hyundai Santa Fe, perhaps the most crossed-over of crossovers. It doesn’t know what type of seven-seater it wants to be. Is it an SUV, MPV or both? This is no blemish in its script. The SA vehicle landscape shows that some of the most popular cars, such as Toyota’s Fortuner and Ford’s Everest, are seven-seaters. The Hyundai’s seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration, and the rear two rows can be stowed away to make it a cargo van or configured to combine passenger and luggage space. In full seven-seat mode, the rearmost load space is still a very spacious 547l. The letter box-style lights are a key part of this Hyundai’s aesthetic appeal and disguise its bulk very well. At 4,770mm in overall length and 1,075mm high, the Santa Fe has a sleeker silhouette than most segment rivals. The cabin looks great and is of a pleasant quality while the little mish-mash of buttons and the company’s preferred blue glow on the digital fascia add to an ambience of sophistication. The top-of-the-r...

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