The Hyundai SanteFe XL Review #HyundaiDriveSquad

 Mn oh man Hyundai does a good job.

I love being a part of the #HyundaiDriveSquad.  When we got the opportunity to review the new SanteFe XL 2014  I was excited to be asked again.  You can read my review on the SanteFe Sport  last year on my blog but what made this experience super special was being able to go to Winnipeg to see our family who we haven’t seen in over 6 years and my husband’s parents hadn’t met their grand daughters yet. I miss Winnipeg.

We drove from Toronto to Winnipeg and back again (2200km x 2) with 3 small kids and it was total comfort the whole way!  Seriously. We’d do this trip again in a snap. My hubby was so proud he bought a t-shirt with Highway 17 emblazoned on it.  
The people at Hyundai are so proud of their vehicles that they want to show them off. We had use of the gorgeous SanteFe XL for two solid weeks and had a blast! It drives like a smaller car but on the highway, there was no safer feeling than cruising with a 7 seater SUV that commands respect and gobbles up the miles smoothly and with power.
What I liked was the control of the air and sound from the stereo. My son could even adjust the air conditioner to his comfort.  The sun shades that you pull up were great for keeping the sun out of the babies eyes, the XM radio is nice when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.  We listened to a lot of comedy!  I found it really cool that I could charge my camera in the back of the SanteFe XL as it had an outlet.  In the front, you can charge your phone as it has USB connectors.  The seats were comfortable.  When you’re the passenger as I was I never sore when I got up nor was my hubby who did all the driving.
Trunk space.  Well, there was enough room for a single stroller, a baby carrier, all our luggage(2 big suitcases),  blankets, shopping bags, a picnic basket in the middle of the seats for snacks along the way and then some.  We folded one seat down to give us the room we needed for this road trip which was a blessing.  I liked that my seats had a pouch for extra storage on the back.  
We literally drove for 10-12 hours a day and honestly could have kept going.   I have to give a shout out to the twins luxurious car seats.  I love Clek!  The Snowberry is stunning and this car seat has all the wow factor of safety and it’s features.  It comes highly recommended!  If you’re looking for a new car seat invest in Clek.  

 The twins were strapped in their beautiful Clek car seats and Charlie had the whole back section to himself and never complained once!  He had a nice set up back there.  There was a lot of room. He had his controllers to his right, he was drawing, colouring, playing on the iPad, entertaining his sisters and having a grand ‘ol time in his little “man cave”.  Except when we had to stop for bathroom breaks.   A great way for him to get up close and personal with nature, lol. 

I will say the getting Clek foonf car seats for the twins was brilliant for this road trip.  You have no idea how messy it got in there and the material is so unique it made cleaning it a breeze.   Crypton® Super Fabrics are GREENGUARD Select Certified and provide permanent protection against stains(messy toddlers!), moisture and odor-causing bacteria(hello spilt milk and smoothies!) and are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants. Awesome right?  
The design, extended rear facing and aesthetic look is also a plus(I like pretty things)  and for a long road trip, I was content in knowing that they were in the best car seat for their safety and comfort.  I also like that it’s the least non-toxic car seat out there.


The skies the limit! Look at the sun roof.  Nothing like a quick photo before pulling over to the bushes!
The car seats were a snap to put in.  Clek makes it so easy.  They really are the Mother of all Car Seats.  The smooth recline and easy installation made this a breeze as we were getting the car set up for the road trip.  
The SanteFe XL handled beautifully once we got into Winnipeg.  No problem wheeling around the city streets and parking.  The only reminder that we weren’t in a smaller car was the gas mileage- but all that considering it wasn’t too bad. Honestly.  Much better than my dad’s ’74 Mercury station wagon.
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For a family of 5, I would totally recommend this luxury SUV.  Schedule a test drive and see for yourself!  I was sad that we had to return it.  I love the SanteFe XL.  


  1. Melissa Pezza | 12th Sep 14

    We are looking for a new car. This looks so spacious!!

  2. Kelly Hutchinson | 12th Sep 14

    I cannot get over how roomy this car is. Also, there are a ton of awesome features that would make it a joy to drive or ride in!

  3. Crystal | 12th Sep 14

    There aren’t a ton of great cars for larger families. I’m happy to know that Hyundai has an option for us. Your kids look like they had a blast on the trip.

  4. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos | 13th Sep 14

    We are a family of 5, so I really appreciate this review, I’m always on the lookout for a new family vehicle, I want one and soon. Never tried a Hyundai yet though, I should take one for a test drive!

  5. Amy from GrinningCheektoCheek | 13th Sep 14

    This is super roomy looking! I love that! We are in the market for a new vehicle since our mini-van is not currently working safely for our family. I’m going to go give this a test-drive myself!

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