• The Exterior has an all-new look
  • Including a revised, more angular grille
  • And elevated air dam with upward pointing nose
  • New, elevated fog lamps
  • Thinner headlights
  • The side profile doesn’t change much
  • But the beltline has a new look toward the back
  • And the body line down below is much more dominant
  • The Tailights take on a sharper appearance
  • While the rear fascia is much more sporty than before
  • And the reverse lights are moved much lower than before.
  • Inside, the cabin has been refined tenfold
  • The infotainment screen is larger at 7.0-inches And floats in front of the dash
  • While a new instrument cluster makes things more modern
  • The dash redesign brings an all-new, multi-level look
  • While the contrasting colors add a hint of luxury
  • There’s more legroom out back
  • And the floor has been lowered for more comfort
  • The second row has a one-touch-down feature
  • There’s even a 630W, 12-Speaker Infinity Sounds System available
  • Under the hood there are a few options
  • This includes a 2.3-liter with 185 HP
  • Or a 2.0-liter with 232 HP
  • There’s even a 2.2-liter diesel with 200 HP & 320 LB-FT
  • A new 8-Speed Automatic handles gear duties
  • And is lighter than before
  • It’s said to offer better acceleration, responsiveness, and economy
  • HTRAC AWD is available
  • And has several drive modes
  • Torque distribution is even controlled better than before
  • Want to know more?
  • Check out our full review at the link in the description!

A fourth generation for the family-oriented people-mover

Hyundai has been made its Santa Fe SUV since 2000. When it was first introduced, the Santa Fe was a compact crossover, but these days, its grown a bit closer to mid-size territory. Three generations have come and gone since the original 2001 model year, with the second-gen appearing at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, and the third-gen debuting at the New York Auto Show in 2012. We last saw the Santa Fe in its refreshed third-gen form at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but now, there’s a fourth-gen arriving to tempt buyers. Recently introduced at the Hyundai Motorstudio in Goyang, the 2019 Santa Fe brings with it a fresh exterior aesthetic, new gear in the interior, a premium cabin layout, extra passenger space, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission to boot.

All told, it’s a solid lineup of features, but that’s what you need these days keep pace with the horde of competition already out there. Hyundai doesn’t seem too worried, though. The Santa Fe is the brand’s best-selling SUV in the U.S. market, moving as many as 1.5 million units. Look for further SUV models from Hyundai in the future, but for now, read on to find out what makes the Santa Fe so desirable.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    185 @ 6000 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    178 @ 4000 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Exterior

  • New exterior looks like the Kona
  • LED lighting
  • Cascading Grille design
  • Enhanced outward visibility
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Larger exterior dimensions
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The fascia is dominated by the brand's latest Cascading Grille design, which gets a metal honeycomb insert with polished slats. A silver trim line connects the two headlight housings.

The 2019 model year Hyundai Santa Fe brings a fresh exterior styling that definitely changes things up from previous model years. The aesthetic looks to take cues from the new Hyundai Kona, and overall, we’re liking what we see.

Starting in front, we find the headlight housings are now reshaped into very narrow units mounted high on the fenders, stretching rearwards at an aggressive angle. These use LEDs for the daytime running lights, while additional projectors are found just below. Further LEDs are used for forward illumination. Hyundai calls it a Composite Light design, and it definitely helps the Santa Fe stand apart. The middle section of the fascia is dominated by the brand’s latest Cascading Grille design, which gets a metal honeycomb insert with polished slats. A silver trim line connects the two headlight housings and adds a unique splash of design innovation to the front end. Lower in the bumper is a metal-look skidplate element and flat-black rock guard.

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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets the traditional tall and muscular stance, with a variety of creases and character lines in place to pump up the look.

Moving around to the sides, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets the traditional tall and muscular stance, with a variety of creases and character lines in place to pump up the look. The fenders and lower skid skirts continue the flat-black rock guard started in front, while the fenders get rounded flares to enhance the SUV’s natural beefiness. Character lines were also added higher up, stretching between the headlights to the taillights. The windows get a polished metal surround, while 19-inch diamond cut wheels reside in the corners. Hyundai also says it managed to enhance outward visibility, with the side-view mirrors moved lower and further back on the body. There are smaller A-pillars as well, while the rear quarter glass gets a 40-percent size increase.

Finally, in the rear, we find the taillights get a narrow, triangular shape much like the headlights, and the flat-black rock guard is embellished with another silver skidplate element. A subtle roof spoiler completes the look.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is also larger than the outgoing model, gaining inches in pretty much every important measurement. Check out the details in the table below.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Size 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Length 185 inches 187 inches
Width 74 inches 75 inches
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 108.9 inches

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Interior

  • Extra interior room
  • Five, seven, and eight passengers
  • Horizontal dash layout
  • Premium touches added here and there
  • Tons of technology features
  • Safety and convenience tech on point
  • Optional heads-up display
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Inside, the cabin has been refined tenfold
Up front is a horizontal control layout, with the main infotainment screen moved higher on the dash and mounted in an upright fashion, offering greater real estate in the center console and simplifying the button layout.

Thanks in part to the larger exterior dimensions, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offers greater interior room, including more room behind the second row. To help enhance the gains made with the larger body, Hyundai relocated the window switches and grab handles to add elbow room, while simultaneously reducing the map pocket size for greater legroom. The cup holders were moved and placed in a more convenient location, and there’s a higher and longer center armrest, also in the name of greater comfort. The floor was lowered.

Hyundai describes the Santa Fe’s interior as “family-oriented,” and as such, it gets all the right stuff for moving people big and small from A to B. The various cabin configurations also get a little bit of a shuffle heading into the 2019 model year. For starters, the five-passenger seating arrangement offered by the Santa Fe Sport is retained, but it drops the “Sport” nomenclature and is now simply called the “Santa Fe.” There’s also a long wheelbase seven-passenger three-row version called the Santa Fe XL, and an eight-passenger version is currently under development. The diesel option also gets an “occasional-use” third-row seat that offers a one-touch folding second row “for easy entry into the third-row by children.”

Up front is a horizontal control layout, with the main infotainment screen moved higher on the dash and mounted in an upright fashion, offering greater real estate in the center console and simplifying the button layout. It was also tilted to help reduce glare. A three-dimensional instrument panel gets multiple tiers of buttons and knobs, while the upholstery is complete with color-contrast stitching for that premium appearance.

And, as we all know, any modern SUV worth its salt needs a full range of technology features to compete. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe certainly doesn’t disappoint, as it comes packed to the gills with modern tech stuff.

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As we all know, any modern SUV worth its salt needs a full range of technology features to compete. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe certainly doesn't disappoint, as it comes packed to the gills with modern tech stuff.

The driver assists and safety tech are all on point, and include standouts like Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. There’s also Blind Spot Detection, which uses radar to detect obstacles and will automatically apply the brakes if needed. For buyers who frequently travel with the little ones, there’s Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which is new from Hyundai in the 2019 Santa Fe. This feature can detect children and pets in the rear seat and provide the driver with a reminder message in the center information screen of the gauge cluster. “If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle it will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system,” the automaker explains. Another Hyundai first is the Safe Exit Assist, which will keep the door locked when it detects a motorcycle, another car, or a cyclist approaching from behind, sounding an alert and displaying a warning in the center cluster as well.

Hyundai is offering the AVN 5.0 navigation system on higher trim levels, while the base model comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay provide the requisite smartphone support, and there’s optional Qi wireless charging.

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If you really wanna get techy with it, go for the optional heads-up display, which projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield

Audiophiles will want to get into the Infinity premium sound system, which offers 630 watts of power pumped through 12 speakers, plus an 11-channel amp, Clari-Fi digital sound processing, and the QuantumLogic Surround Sound tech. The speed-sensitive volume automatically controls the gain for clearer sound while on the move.

If you really wanna get techy with it, go for the optional heads-up display, which projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, providing the driver with info like vehicle assist system status and the current posted speed limit.

Finally, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets Blue Link with three yeas of complimentary service, providing users with features like Remote Start and Remote Climate Control, Remote Door Lock and Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Users can operate Blue Link via buttons on the rear-view mirror, an online web portal, a smartphone app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume 110.7 (2-row)
139.1 (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Total Interior Volume 147.3 (2-row)
150.7 (3-row)
Cargo – Behind FR Seat 71.3 (2-row)
70.7 (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Cargo – Behind 2nd Row 36.6 (2-row)
35.9 (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Cargo – Behind 3rd Row 11.6 (2019 diesel only)
Head Room (front/middle/back) 40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1
Leg Room (7P) (front/middle/back) 44.1 / 40.4 (39.4) / 29.4
Shoulder Room (front/middle/back) 59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Drivetrain

  • Three engine options, including two gasoline and a diesel
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Available HTRAC AWD system
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This includes a 2.3-liter with 185 HP
Each of the engine configurations is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which gets the option for shift paddles mounted on the steering column.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will come with three unique engine options to choose from, including a single diesel option and two gas options. Let’s start with the oil burner, which is a 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel making 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 320 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. Representing the gasoline camp is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 232 horsepower, and a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI making 185 horsepower.

Each of the engine configurations is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which gets the option for shift paddles mounted on the steering column. This new gearbox is lighter than the older six-speed model, and it gains a new ratio range at the top and bottom of the gears for “extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate.” Highlights include a direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter. It’s expected that the new transmission alone will improve fuel efficiency by more than 3 percent.

Making the most of available torque is the Hyundai HTRAC AWD system. This multi-mode set-up includes an electronic variable-torque-split clutch, which provides active control over torque distribution between the front and rear. The multiple modes include Normal, Sport, and Smart, with Sport mode sending more torque rearwards for an extra aggressive handling feel.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Drivetrain Dimensions

2.4L 2.0L 2.2L Diesel
Type Theta-II 2.4 GDI, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder in-line Theta-II 2.0 T-GDI, DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve
Timing) 4-cylinder
R 2.2, 16-valve MLA, DOHC, 4-cylinder in-line
Turbo Type Twin Scroll
Materials Aluminum block and head Aluminum block and head
Bore & stroke (mm) 88 x 97 86 x 86 85.4 x 96
Compression ratio 11.3:1 10.0:1 16.0: 1
Displacement 2.4 liters / 2,359 cc 2.0 liters / 1,998 cc 2.2 liters
Horsepower 185 HP @ 6,000 RPM (est.) 235 HP @ 6,000 RPM 190 HP @ 3,800 RPM
Torque 178 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM (est.) 260 LB-FT @ 1,450 3,500 RPM 322 LB-FT @ 1,750 - 2,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder 4 4 4

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Chassis And Handling

  • Upgraded suspension geometry
  • Greater comfort and handling
  • Optional self-leveling suspension
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And the reverse lights are moved much lower than before.

With extra space in the cabin and the latest tech features to coddle and ease your mind, it makes sense that Hyundai also got into making the Santa Fe more refined in terms of ride quality and handling. To that end, the 2019 model year includes fresh suspension geometry changes, with the rear shock now mounted upright. Buyers can also get into the optional self-leveling suspension, which is particularly helpful if you frequently carry loads of stuff or haul a trailer. Basically, the suspension offers comfort when you’re not hauling stuff, plus stiffer settings when you are hauling stuff.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Prices

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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive in dealers this summer. An official MSRP has not yet been announced, but we don’t expect any major deviations from the current pricing structure. Check back here for official figures when they are announced, but in the meantime, check out the pricing table below for the 2018 mode year to get an idea where the 2019 model year will land.

Model Drivetrain MSRP*
SE 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $25,500
SE 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $27,200
SEL 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $27,600
SEL 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $29,300
SEL Plus 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $29,800
SEL Plus 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $31,500
Limited 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $32,600
Limited 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $34,300
Ultimate 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $35,450
Ultimate 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $37,150
Limited 2.0T Front-Wheel Drive $34,200
Limited 2.0T All-Wheel Drive $35,900
Ultimate 2.0T Front-Wheel Drive $37,100
Ultimate 2.0T All-Wheel Drive $38,800

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Competition

Honda CR-V

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Honda just introduced the fifth-gen CR-V for the 2017 model year, which makes it a relatively fresh offering against the brand-new Santa Fe. Chrome detailing and an upright stance characterize the exterior styling for the Honda, while soft-touch surfaces and a floating touchscreen make up the interior goods. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while higher up, a turbo is added to a 1.5-liter ’four, making upwards of 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts at $24,045.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Toyota RAV4

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The Rav-4 is undoubtedly one of Toyota’s hottest sellers, and for good reason – it’s got tons of equipment, it’s extremely safe, and it represents good value for the money. The latest face lift looks pretty good too, with a sporty, aggressive design that’s loaded with details. While parts of it are a bit outdated (the interior, for example, is a bit reminiscent of the early 2000’s), the rest of it does well for the segment, especially with its numerous convenience and safety features. Making the go is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that creates 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, but there’s a hybrid on the table as well, which makes upwards of 194 horsepower. Pricing starts at $24,910.

Read our full review on the 2016 Toyota RAV4.


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There’s even a 2.2-liter diesel with 200 HP & 320 LB-FT

With the crossover segment still dominating sales in the U.S., a fresh Santa Fe is very much appreciated from the South Korean brand. Overall, we’re quite excited to see these updates, as they seem to address each of the previous Santa Fe’s weaknesses. The exterior styling, while polarizing, is definitely more attention-grabbing than it was before, while the interior design is unarguably a step forward. We also really like the wide range of technology features offered this time around, and the extra passenger room is always a plus.

In terms of the engine offerings, we’re surprised to see Hyundai digging into the diesel parts bin, but not unpleasantly so. With so many other automakers exiting the fuel, Hyundai may be able to snag a few new customers.

Overall, this is definitely one SUV that’s worth checking out.

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    • Polarizing styling outside
    • Heavy competition coming from all sides
    • A hybrid might have been the better addition


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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe – Driven High Resolution Exterior
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Update History

Update 8/18/2017: It’s only been two months since the fourth-gen Santa Fe was caught stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring, and now it’s back out on public roads with less camo and a big smile. Check out the latest spy shots and what we can spot in the Spy Shots section below.

Updated 06/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe out for a new testing session around the famous Nurburgring race track.

Spy Shots

August 18, 2017 – The Santa Fe hits the road with a smile on its face

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The next-gen Santa Fe has eluded since the last time we saw it, but we finally caught it while it was out putting in more work. This time around, it’s lost all of the padding up front, which is exactly what we needed to see what the next-gen SUV will be working with in the style department. As expected, its resemblance to the Hyundai Kona is uncanny. The next-gen Santa Fe will get the same general design cues up front, including the thin LED strips up top, well above the headlights that are positioned in the middle of the front corners. A small air passage can be found in the lower corner on each side which could ultimately be used as a mounting point for the fog lights. The air dam in the middle actually looks to be functional, sporting an almost all open design with the exception of the very center that will likely serve as a home for a radar sensor or front-facing camera.

But, let’s not ignore the elephant in the room – that radiator grille. Previously, we couldn’t make out more than a general shape and, with all of the padding, there was no way to know for sure just what the grille would look like. It rocks the same honeycomb mesh as the air dam and the Konda SUV and has that big Hyundai emblem in the middle – even if we can’t see it quite yet. The shape of the grille itself is quite similar to that of the Kona, but it’s unique in its own way with the side edges being more curved and more defined. The upper corners also feature a bit more of a curve while the grille itself is actually a bit shorter and wider in comparison.

With the padding gone from the hood and the roof, we can also make out a couple of other design credentials that prove Hyundai favors this design language. First off, the edges of the hood are elevated quite dramatically with these mountainous creases that feed from the A-pillars forward, toward the nose. As far as the roof goes, we can now see the side rails and the general design of the rear overhang, at least from the front anyway. Unfortunately, only the front end dropped its padding and camo, so that’s all we have to go by now, but check out how the front end compares to the Kona:

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 Hyundai Kona

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for updates in the future!

June 20, 2017 - Hyundai Santa Fe caught testing at Nurburgring

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Press release

Hyundai Motor today celebrated the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe at its Motorstudio Goyang. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success using its family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting edge technologies and bold exterior looks.

The third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020, the 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe diesel are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.


The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easy entry into the third-row by children. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel.

A Bold New Look

The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look that makes a statement from 100 feet away, featuring refined lines that reinforce the car’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.

In profile the Santa Fe’s dynamic character line goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights, while a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround provides better visibility and a sleek impression. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels illustrate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape.

Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure

The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility. The instrument panel has a three-dimensional appearance providing a feeling of openness and enhances the natural light created by the larger DLO. Stitching around the IP and color-contrasted seat piping ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin.

The driver will also see several improvements including:

The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare
The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room
The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom.
Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased

Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling

Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.

An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height regardless of cargo or trailer tongue weight. This allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.

Safety Features

Hyundai’s Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up the system not only can warn the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically.

Additional safety features include Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle it will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. In addition to being forgotten in the car, tragedies have also occurred in cases where children accidentally locked themselves in a car.

The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle or vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and most importantly the doors remained locked.

Interior Space and Visibility

Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded and the leg room has been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point for the second-row seats has been moved back and the floor has been lowered for even more comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.

Exterior Dimensions

Its exterior dimensions make the new Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.

Visibility was also emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.


The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with an estimated 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 232 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with around 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 320 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission.

New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter improve responsiveness while a double ball bearing minimizes friction loss. All the changes added up means that Santa Fe’s new transmission will improve economy by more than three percent.

HTRAC Advanced AWD System

The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

Infotainment and Sound Systems

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.

Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control provides the capability to control the gain of individual channels based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This avoids the unnatural condition of having additional gain applied when the volume output of the system is so high that it exceeds any of the vehicle generated road noise.

BLUE LINK® Connected Car System

Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:

Widgets for easy access to remote features
Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
Access to Blue Link notification settings

More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.

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