2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Base trim shown.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai released full details on the redesigned Santa Fe, which adopts revised names and updated four-cylinder engines. The Santa Fe also gets a stacked assortment of headlights and running lights — a motif that echoes other recent introductions by the automaker, like the Kona SUV.

The Santa Fe still comes in regular and extended-length configurations, but Hyundai now calls them the Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL, respectively, instead of the Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe. It will doubtless confuse some shoppers that the automaker transferred the name from the SUV's longer version to its shorter variant with this redesign, but the convention tracks more closely with the outgoing SUV's name in certain international markets.

 

Exterior
A certain 41st U.S. president might laud Hyundai's decision to imbue the Santa Fe with a thousand — OK, six — points of light. Still, those lights define the SUV's styling: Two thin strips of daytime running lights sit at hood level, with four stacked headlights down where you might expect the foglights; both sections employ LEDs. A prominent six-sided grille sits between them, with additional openings at the lower edge of the bumper. In back, the Santa Fe sports a freshened take on the outgoing SUV's styling, with horizontal taillights and plenty of lower bumper cladding.
 
Versus the Santa Fe Sport, the new Santa Fe has grown a bit. Wheelbase and overall length are up 2.6 inches ...
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai released full details on the redesigned Santa Fe, which adopts revised names and updated four-cylinder engines. The Santa Fe also gets a stacked assortment of headlights and running lights — a motif that echoes other recent introductions by the automaker, like the Kona SUV.

The Santa Fe still comes in regular and extended-length configurations, but Hyundai now calls them the Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL, respectively, instead of the Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe. It will doubtless confuse some shoppers that the automaker transferred the name from the SUV's longer version to its shorter variant with this redesign, but the convention tracks more closely with the outgoing SUV's name in certain international markets.

 

Exterior
A certain 41st U.S. president might laud Hyundai's decision to imbue the Santa Fe with a thousand — OK, six — points of light. Still, those lights define the SUV's styling: Two thin strips of daytime running lights sit at hood level, with four stacked headlights down where you might expect the foglights; both sections employ LEDs. A prominent six-sided grille sits between them, with additional openings at the lower edge of the bumper. In back, the Santa Fe sports a freshened take on the outgoing SUV's styling, with horizontal taillights and plenty of lower bumper cladding.
 
Versus the Santa Fe Sport, the new Santa Fe has grown a bit. Wheelbase and overall length are up 2.6 inches and 2.8 inches, respectively, while width is up 0.4 inch. Hyundai says the new SUV will offer 19-inch wheels, but other diameters are unclear.
 
Interior
The Santa Fe's symmetrical, twin-arc dashboard echoes a few themes from the previous generation, but it trades a unified, plunging center stack for separated controls split by twin air vents — a touchscreen and shortcut buttons above with climate and seat controls below. A 7-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. Wireless smartphone charging, Infinity premium audio and a head-up display are optional.
 
Hyundai touts less glare from the multimedia system as well as more elbowroom and legroom thanks to redesigned doors. Over-the-shoulder visibility was a major complaint in the outgoing Santa Fe Sport, but Hyundai says the redesign has 40 percent more rear-quarter glass to improve sightlines.
 
The Santa Fe seats five, and Hyundai touts slightly more passenger volume versus the outgoing Santa Fe Sport, with comparable cargo room behind the first and second rows. The Santa Fe XL gets a standard third row. The second row in three-row models features push-button sliding access to the way-back seats.
 
Under the Hood
The Santa Fe employs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (estimated 185 horsepower) or turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (estimated 232 hp). If the diesel engine — a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel — makes it here, it should pack lineup-leading torque: Hyundai estimates "around 200" hp and 320 pounds-feet of torque. All three engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission, and available all-wheel drive offers a Sport mode that can divert more power to the rear wheels to improve cornering.
 
Safety
Hyundai touts a bundle of safety technology, dubbed Hyundai Smart Sense, as standard equipment on Santa Fe SE trim levels and up. Smart Sense includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and lane keep assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights and a 360-degree camera system, drowsy-driver warning and a safe-exit feature that temporarily locks the doors when the SUV intuits approaching traffic from behind.
 

2019 Santa Fe Video

We recently got a first ride of the all-new-for-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, the automaker's mid-size two-row SUV. Check out our initial impressions here.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best mix sized SUV I've owned.

by Bill from Milwaukee, wis. on October 18, 2018

For the money, this Sante Fe is something everyone should consider. We have a 2005 one and gladly looked at the 2019 model, which we ended up buying. Good choice! Read full review

(5.0)

Our favorite vs 5 other SUVs in this category

by RochHam from SE MN on October 17, 2018

We have driven 4 competing products (2019 Outback & Cherokee, 2018 RAV4 & CX5 ... did not drive CRV due to Turbo engine oil/gas issue) and this Santa Fe Limited WON OUT for interior comfort & tech/... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Hyundai
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Santa Fe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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