Advertisement

Why ads?
Popular at KBB.com
  • Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide
  • 10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs
  • Compact SUV Buyer's Guide
  • 15 Best Family Cars of 2015
Go

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

By

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a unibody SUV made for tackling the urban jungle, not braving the actual jungle. Since its introduction in 2000, more than 440,000 have been sold. The Santa Fe is right at home running the kids to soccer practice (made easier with the new optional third-row seat), hauling groceries from the super market or heading to the mountains for the weekend. Combining attributes like a higher seating position, roomy interior, rugged good looks, a long list of standard equipment, a good warranty (10 year/100,000 mile powertrain) and a reasonable price, the Hyundai Santa Fe provides good value in the mid-size SUV category.

You'll Like This Car If...

If getting the most for your money matters, the Santa Fe might be the SUV for you. The Korean manufacturers have improved quality over the years but still have to entice buyers with good value and an excellent warranty—the Santa Fe has both.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Many people remember the cheap economy cars Hyundai sold in America starting in 1986. If you are looking to buy an SUV with the cache of the Japanese brands, the Hyundai Santa Fe may not be the car for you.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007 the mid-size Santa Fe SUV adds an optional third-row seat. Gone is the swooshy design of the previous Santa Fe, replaced with a cleaner more masculine appearance. Hyundai also adds Electronic Stability Control and six airbags to the list of standard equipment.

Driving the Santa Fe

Driving Impressions The Santa Fe rides smoothly and inspires confidence while cornering thanks to its responsive steering and well controlled body lean. Standard Electronic Stability Control keeps the vehicle under control during...

evasive maneuvers and is especially reassuring when driving in slippery conditions. Also standard is a tilt and telescoping steering wheel which makes it easy to find the perfect driving position. With the exception of some wind noise in the front and road noise from the rear, the cabin remains fairly quiet at freeway speeds. Acceleration with the 3.3-liter V6 is decent but is unfortunately plagued by torque steer. The Shiftronic automatic transmission responds quickly to manual gear selections making driving on curvy roads an almost sporty experience.

Third-Row Seating
The optional back seats in the Santa Fe boost the passenger count to seven and are usable, not just a token add on. Children sitting in the third row will be comfortable and the occasional adult should have enough room to ride without complaint.

New Styling
The styling of the previous Santa Fe seemed a bit dated for some tastes. The new model looks classier with smoother accent lines and less body cladding, resulting in a simpler more mainstream appearance. It's a sleek, handsome package with a confident stance.

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Details
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe photo Interior

The interior conveys a feeling of quality thanks to sturdy plastics and low gloss surfaces. The instrumentation is neatly laid out, easy to operate and at night glows with pleasant blue backlighting. The optional 50/50 split third-row seat is comfortable for children but also acceptable for adults over short distances. Unfortunately, entry to the third row is only available through one side of the vehicle as the driver's side second row seat does not flip forward to allow access. Santa Fe's ordered without the third row seat get a hidden storage compartment instead. The second row seats can be reclined; however the levers are placed on top of the seats, making adjustment while sitting nearly impossible.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the previous Santa Fe. Where the outgoing model's lines and creases seemed like design for design's sake, the new model takes a much simpler approach. The design elements are tasteful and purposeful. The body cladding is gone and the bumpers are now color keyed contributing to a cleaner, sleeker look. With its wider track, the Santa Fe now has a much stronger stance. In a nod to the previous generation Santa Fe, the asymmetrical hatch release on the tailgate is carried over to the 2007 model.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers high value, as reflected by its standard equipment list which includes air conditioning, cruise control, a roof rack, dual exhaust, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and a six speaker MP3-compatible CD player. To enhance safety all Santa Fe's include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESP), traction control, front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows, and active front head restraints.

Optional Equipment

Most popular options can be grouped together in packages that vary dependent on trim level. All-wheel drive is available for all Santa Fe models. Other options include third-row seating with third-row auxiliary climate control, heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls, a power outlet in the cargo area, heated front seats and power sunroof. A rear-seat entertainment system is available for SE and Limited models which include a DVD player with an eight-inch screen and wireless headsets. A 605-watt Infinity audio system is available for the Limited.

Under the Hood

Hyundai offers two V6 engines for the Santa Fe. The 2.7 liter in the GLS model comes paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. SE and Limited models get the 3.3 liter and a five-speed automatic. The extra $1,500 to move from the automatic-equipped GLS to the SE with its 3.3-liter engine is pretty reasonable considering you get 57 extra horsepower, comparable gas mileage to the 2.7-liter engine and other goodies like 18-inch wheels and fog lights.

2.7-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
183 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD manual), 20/25 (AWD manual), 21/26 (2WD automatic), 19/25 (AWD automatic)

3.3-liter V6
242 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 (FWD), 19/24 (AWD)

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 540 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love this car

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This suv exceeded my expectations. I'm 2nd owner of it & love it. Minimal maintenance needed, great mpg, super soft ride. My 1st car with heated seats that I thought I'd never use living in the desert, but when it's 30F outside in the morning I really appreciate them!"

Highly Recommend this product.

By on Saturday, March 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good value"

Cons: "Some blind spots when backing up."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had virtually no problems with my Santa Fe in 5 years of ownership. Did have one occasion to use their roadside service and was over the top impressed with this service. Not only did they keep in touch with me ( phoned every 10 minutes until help arrived )but took the extra steps to make sure that I was in a safe place while waiting."

Great SUV for daily use

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cargo space, driving ease"

Cons: "Long trips"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Santa Fe handles great in daily use-city driving and highway. 2012 with 47,000 miles and stock tires have good tread. Comfort rated 9 due to long day trips over 600 miles-not best car for comfort on long trips. Great for daily use. Cargo space is large, carry sound equipment weekly and plently of space. Turning ratio is great. Have had no mechanical issues."

Proof is in the performance and longivity

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 191,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safe, High Visibility, Comfort, Fun"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have 191000 miles on my Sante Fe and still going strong. It is sound and strong with no major problems just regular maintenance. No tears or fading in the interior. I travel from Mountains to the Coast regularly and it handles all the road conditions well. It can also accommodate my five grandchildren in car seats and their luggage/toys/messes. Cleans well and presents a clean stance. Wish I didn't show my age as well as my car....lol. I am now a Sante Fe devoted customer."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great car. good quality,reliability,endurance.

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "real practical and great driving car"

Cons: "leather interior not high quality, split apart."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle has all the needed comforts. quality, reliability, and style. good fuel mileage and rang. low maintenance. Easy repair access, and great custom features make this my best vehicle ever owned. still has good resale value and is desired in the market of small suv's...I really love this car. Only one problem with the leather interior, the passenger seat back magazine flap unglued/unstitched itself and needs repair. I tried various adhesives w/no success. Needs a leather shop fix...."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

What a great car it has been!

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, quiet, great electronics."

Cons: "Original tires were poor in snow and ice."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Didn't expect it to be this good. Have driven Audi's, Lincoln's, Caddy's and this competes with the best of them."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Share this page

Advertisement

Why ads?
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?