Hyundai has revealed its next-generation Santa Fe, set to go on sale early next year. We’ve rated previous generations of the model highly enough to include in our best used car to tow a caravan guide.

The next-generation Santa Fe has an angular design that is a radical change from the curvier looks of the current car. Under the skin, Hyundai has increased the wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axles), with the promise of more interior space.

According to Hyundai’s figures, the seven-seat SUV will have 35mm of extra legroom in the second row and an extra 15mm in the third row. Hyundai claims it will be the roomiest in its class, with comfort and space factors that can be a consideration when looking for the best caravan tow car.

As well as more space, the fifth-generation Santa Fe’s interior is said to be more upmarket and high-tech than its predecessors, with a huge digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Eco-friendly materials are used throughout the cabin.

Few details had been released at the time of writing, but the new Hyundai Santa Fe will be powered by refreshed versions of the current hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. If the maximum towing figures are the same as those of today’s car, that means a top trailer weight of 1650kg for the hybrid and 1350kg for the plug-in hybrid.

Those figures are to be confirmed, and we’d hope the towing limit for the plug-in hybrid might rise, to allow for a broader range of vans.

Interested in seeing what we made of a previous plug-in Santa Fe? Then check out our review of the Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid Ultimate 4WD Auto, a comfortable seven-seater.

  • Price: From £50,000*
  • Kerbweight: From 1900kg*
  • 85% match: TBC
  • Max towing weight: From 1350kg*


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