Hyundai has, for a couple of model generations now, been pleasantly surprised at the amount of money Santa Fe buyers are willing to spend.

That doesn’t mean the firm doesn’t work very hard to provide value at all points within the car’s derivative line-up, of course. And so an entry-level, front-wheel-drive, manual Santa Fe will cost you a little more than £33,000 (nearly £2000 less than a Peugeot 5008 with its stoutest diesel engine) and comes with seven seats and touchscreen infotainment with smartphone mirroring.

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An equivalent XC90 would depreciate only £30 more than a Santa Fe over a three-year, 36,000-mile ownership

At the top of the range, meanwhile, you can count on standard equipment such as 19in alloys, leather seat facings, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, an electric tailgate, a head-up display and a full suite of active safety and convenience systems, delivered for a price that no Volkswagen Touareg or Volvo XC90 could approach without a very hefty discount.

Hyundai’s introductory personal finance offers include a £2000 deposit contribution and a 5.9% APR interest rate, making the car available for well under £500 a month after a typical £5000 deposit and over a typical three-year term. That’s not stellar value, but it’s competitive with the current offers available on a comparable Land Rover Discovery Sport or Audi Q5 – which are, of course, smaller cars.

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