The Santa Fe’s cabin is one with more of the functional than the ornate. As such, you can expect to find seven seats as standard; a second row that can slide backwards and forwards and fold down flat at the touch of a button; and a boot that’s now larger than that of its already impressively roomy predecessor.
With those rearmost seats stowed away, boot space stands at 547 litres – a figure that can be increased to 1625 litres by collapsing the 60:40 split-folding second row. This makes the Santa Fe a considerably more useful load-lugger than a seven-seat Nissan X-Trail (445 litres), but not quite as voluminous as the Skoda Kodiaq (560 litres).
Still – with a handsfree tailgate offered as standard on Premium and Premium SE models; a large boot aperture (1100mm wide, 760mm tall) that’ll have little trouble swallowing particularly bulky items like bikes or furniture; and a flat load bay floor – there’s little ground for criticism over a lack of practicality.
The same can be said for passenger space. Even with the panoramic sunroof that comes as standard on our Premium SE model, head room in the second row is more than acceptable, as is leg room. An all-but-flat transmission tunnel makes the middle seat that much more accommodating than it might otherwise be, although this is still best reserved for children.