IT’S HARD not to draw comparisons between Santa Fe and Kia Sorento as they share so much, but the Hyundai version has some unique styling, features and characteristics to sway more than a few buyers its way. Santa Fe scores an advanced self-parking system and a larger eight-inch infotainment screen offering increased visibility for the reversing camera, while for those off-road activities hill-descent control is included. Santa Fe and Sorento share a engine/ transmission combination with the turbo-diesel putting out 147kW and a healthy 441Nm of torque and matched to a six-speed auto. It delivers only average fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km on the official test cycle. Santa Fe tends to be a little less refined than Sorento, with greater engine and road noise intrusion in the cabin around town and on the highways. Similar to Kia, Hyundai has a locally based suspension development team to refine Santa Fe for Australian conditions, which in this case has produced a good result with more steering feel and less body roll. Santa Fe and Sorento share a maximum tow rating of 2000kg which is 500kg less than the category winning Discovery Sport. This is further restricted by a maximum 100kg ball load which means you are unlikely to be able to get the full 2000kg capacity.