Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Hyundai has gone all-in with the absolutely revamped and remodeled 2019 Santa Fe. It is bigger, with a bolder stylish new look, refined ride, and handling. A huge change for this popular Hyundai SUV.  The Santa Fe was launched nearly two decades ago and sales keep on steadily growing every year. In the 2019 Santa Fe has taken a leading position in the most of the expert competitive midsize SUV rankings. Now, let’s see what’s new and learn more about this well-crafted impressive SUV. 

The Pros

  • Stylish stand-out exterior design
  • An impressive number of standard features
  • Roomy interior
  • HTRAC all-wheel drive
  • Top-quality cabin materials
  • A solid lineup of standard features
  • Great warranty  
  • Quiet ride
  • Optional turbocharged engine 

The Cons

  • Unimpressive base engine
  • Won’t handle serious off-roading challenges
  • Not bad on fuel economy, though there are much better options
  • The V6 engine isn’t available 

Hyundai Accent Overview

Hyundai Santa Fe Review

This year-round we are getting a completely new vehicle – 2019 Santa Fe comes with many impressive improvements over its 2018 version. The revamped SUV looks stunning inside and out. In fact, we are pretty sure the effort Hyundai has put in the redesign will make it the most popular Santa Fe version thus far. Though the base 185 horsepower 2.4-liter engine isn’t all that great, you can always add some fun and excitement by simply opting for the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 232 hp. 

The most significant change is that this Santa Fe is now a five and not a seven-seater with two rows of seats, so, essentially, it is a revamped version of the 2018 Santa Fe Sport model. And the three-row 2018 variant of the Santa Fe is now available as the Santa Fe XL.  It’s not that complicated. Right? Now, this year we have 5 trims available: the base SE, then the middle SEL, the more upscale SEL Plus and the two luxury are the Limited and Ultimate. 

Exterior

Exterior of the Hyundai Santa Fe

The exterior overhaul is one of the best things about the new Santa Fe – it looks awesome. Honestly, we can go as far as saying: it is one of the best-looking crossovers of the year. The grille is it’s best feature and it really POPs on the road. And the hot modern colors also add heaps to the newly gained appeal – Lava Orange or the Stormy Sea are sublime. The 2019 square-jawed styling is also exciting, and the new model is also equipped with the stylish thin LED daytime running lights. 

Interior

Interior of the Hyundai Santa Fe

The interior is very nice, it is beautiful, modern and comfortable. There are new soft materials and hard plastics that look expensive.  The seats are very firm and supportive, and there is more than enough head and legroom even for the tallest of passengers. All of the controls are carefully designed to boost the functionality to the max, switches, and controls work with precision, and the control panel looks almost futuristic. 

Performance

The standard for all of five trims is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 185 hp and offers 178 lb-ft of torque. Though, with the top two tears, you can opt for a turbocharged one: the Limited and the Ultimate trims are available with 2.0-liter engine capable of generating 235 hp and 260 lb-ft. All of the trims are available with the FWD and AWD and the 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. As for the fuel economy – you’ll see a 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on highways and the combined is 25 MPG. 

Hyundai Santa Fe

Technology

The tech is not exemplary, but you will be impressed with the value you’ll get for your money. The infotainment is user-friendly with an intuitive menu and easy to read graphics. Navigation is standard for the upper trims and optional for the lower ones. As for the standard pack, you’ll get all the  necessary: Bluetooth streaming and USB, Cruise Control, Hands-Free Phone, Remote Keyless Entry, Smartphone Interface as well as the AM/FM, HD and satellite, MP3 Player and Bluetooth Streaming Audio. Of course, the optional and upscale trim technology is much better. 

Value

Certainly A great choice: the base model is 25 750 USD and goes up to 34 200 for the upper trims. 

Seats

The seats have also undergone a revamp and are way better. They are comfortable and there’s definitely an abundance of room in front and back. The third row in the seven-seater trim feels a bit cramped and is better suited for children. Seats come standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, additional legroom, and seat adjustability are all optional. 

Climate control

Dual-zone climate control is available from the SEL Plus and up. 

Infotainment System

The Santa Fe has a good infotainment system, the graphics are professional and easy to read, the menu is intuitive and user-friendly. The 7-inch display is standard, you can easily connect your phone and add a lot of features with the Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 

Storage and Space

Small-item storage won’t be a problem; there are just enough bins and shelves to hold your items. There is 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space available, which ranks just above the market average. You can boost the storage by folding the second-row seats. 

Comfort

Interior of Hyundai Santa Fe

Overall the Santa Fe is a comfortable crossover. It checks all of the comfort-related boxes: it is a roomy SUV with more than enough space for passengers and cargo, the seats are supportive and pleasant even during long rides, the tech is on-point. 

Seat comfort

Seats are comfortable: the Santa Fe’s new seats are made with foam of different densities which offers great lumbar support. The seats and available space are very accommodating and were created to cater to passengers with different body shapes and sizes. 

Ride comfort 

Though the new Santa Fe doesn’t deliver a first-class travel experience, it does offer a comfortable ride with its well thought-through cabin and overall interior quietness with some noise appearing on the rough road surfaces.   

Quality

The ride quality is pretty good; the suspension works well so you’ll be enjoying a smooth ride even on a slightly  bumpy road, but quality will drop on a more seriously damaged parts of the roads, like on a broken-up cement or a freeway. 

Safety & Reliability

The IIHS ratings are mostly “Good” with a “Superior” mark for the “Front Crash Prevention Results”. The overall NHTSA rating is 5 out of 5. 

Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?

Yes. It is great value for money.

How Much Does it cost?

25 750 USD – 34 200 USD