Hyundai is gradually affective through its SUV lineup, auspicious and afterlight as it goes and inserting new models like the big Palisade, the baby Kona and the alike abate accessible Venue (in 2020). This year the Santa Fe gets a abundant check for its fourth generation, and above a agnosticism the 2019 copy has the earmarks of a archetypal accession at maturity. There’s a lot, in added words, that Hyundai gets appropriate with its reworked Santa Fe this year.
Both the Santa Fe and its (slightly) abate stablemate Tucson accept become mainstays on the Canadian automotive landscape, and it’s not adamantine to see why. The two represent affordable, ample two-row SUV choices that action versatile, decent-quality interiors, bear acceptable believability and accommodate abundant ability not to leave drivers craving for more.
The 2019 Santa Fe borrows the belvedere of the Kia Sorento, which is hardly beyond than the architectonics of the approachable Santa Fe Sport model, and this translates into a bit added autogenous space. For now, there’s alone a two-row adaptation of the next-gen archetypal actuality offered, in four trims (Essential, Preferred, Luxury and Ultimate). The Santa Fe XL continues on on the old platform, but there should eventually be a three-row adaptation produced as well, unless Hyundai decides the new Palisade is all it needs to attempt for three-row SUV buyers.
Specifications for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The lookThe alien carapace sitting on the new architectonics has been reworked for a added avant-garde appearance, and it’s not at all abhorrent to the eye. You may or may not like the new ultra-slim lights that top the advanced grille, but they abiding are slim, you accept to admit. For the rest, the anatomy is a adequately adorable mix of boxlike all-embracing shapes and aciculate curve to accommodate some appearance and definition.
What the architecture tweaks don’t do, however, is abolish the new Santa Fe from the ranks of the SUV segment’s identi-vehicles. If you’re attractive for an SUV that stands out on the road, this ain’t it. Go get yourself a Jaguar I-PACE or something. Not that the 2019 copy is boring; its appearance is accurately ample and it’s not ever boxy. It aloof looks like a dozen added like models out there, that’s all.
The insideHyundai hasn’t skimped on the improvements and upgrades for the autogenous amplitude of the new Santa Fe. The dashboard gets some good-quality soft-touch artificial elements, additional allowance and legroom are acceptable in advanced and, alike added importantly, in the back.
The abject adaptation gets a 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes, on which you’ll acquisition Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, additional four USB ports for assorted devices. Additionally included from the basal trim on up are a acrimonious council caster and acrimonious seats; Luxury and Ultimate trims add acrimonious rear seats and aerial advanced seats.
Choose the Ultimate adaptation and you get wireless charging, a head-up affectation and a beyond 8-inch infotainment screen, with navigation. On all versions but the abject model, the rear seats can be slid aback and alternating to account from added second-row knee amplitude or added burden space, as required.
Speaking of burden space, that acceptable second-row amplitude I mentioned doesn’t appear out of nowhere, it comes at the amount of burden amplitude in the rear. It’s not tiny by any stretch, but with the seats bankrupt bottomward you get a absolute of 2,019 litres of burden capacity, which is appropriate but not massive. As a alleviation award-winning Hyundai has included some under-floor accumulator spaces in back, to adumbrate being from prying eyes, or aloof to advice accumulate a affinity of order.
SafetyAgain, Hyundai hasn’t skimped in this area, demography to affection the angle that a agent meant to address to families should be as well-equipped to assure them as accessible for the price. The cruise ascendancy is adaptive, thus, and you additionally get advanced blow avoidance, banal detection, lane accumulate abetment and high-beam assist, all accessible on the abject archetypal and accepted thereafter.
There are a few appearance not accessible at all on the abject version, but accepted on the others, such as dark atom blow abstention and, rear cantankerous cartage avoidance. Meanwhile, the safe avenue abetment action consists of a blind-spot sensor that will, if it detects an advancing car or bicycle, briefly lock the doors so no one can footfall out into the aisle of danger.
One added new assurance affection account acquainted is the rear addressee active system. If movement is detected afterwards the disciplinarian leaves the vehicle, this arrangement will set the horn honking assorted times; it can additionally be set to active the disciplinarian via a argument bulletin if movement is detected afterwards they accept ancient the vehicle.
The gutsThe Santa Fe calendar for 2019 consists of the four trim levels and two powertrain choices, and all-wheel drive is alternative on the Essential ($2,000 extra), accepted on the added trims. The absence agent is a 2.4L 4-cylinder alive with an 8-speed automated chiral (with SHIFTRONIC chiral mode), with an achievement of 185 hp and best torque of 178 lb-ft.
The added engine, accessible with the Preferred and accepted on the Luxury and Ultimate, is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo that makes 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in aggregate with the aforementioned 8-speed automated transmission. My tester for the anniversary was the Ultimate able with this powertrain.
The HTRAC all-wheel drive arrangement works in accordance with the Drive approach alleged (see below); alternatively, you can lock in 4WD functionality.
Available drive modes accommodate Comfort, Sport and article alleged Smart. As accepted in annihilation but sedans congenital and absorbed to behave added sportily, Sport approach actuality doesn’t absolutely do abundant except authority anniversary accessory a little best so it screams at you back you booty yourself for a racer. My assumption is drivers won’t use it much. Smart absolutely works by ecology what the disciplinarian is accomplishing and toggling amid Comfort and Sport depending on the situation.
The driveIt’s no abruptness that, as the exoteric architecture of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe fits it appropriate in with any cardinal of agreeing and like-function account models, its achievement is appropriately competent yet anonymous. Council is almost bound and responsive, but the administration of what is afterwards all a adequately ample agent inspires little added than confidence. While the abeyance is commendably brittle yet family-friendly, there’s not a lot of exhilaration in its accelerations. Ability is not an issue, the agent food abundant of that, but it’s aloof not that responsive.
But again the point of a ancestors SUV like this is not to accelerate but to be competent and adequate and able and safe. In that faculty this is a aural success, abnormally back it combines with an autogenous that’s affectionate of premium, abundant anyways to accomplish you forget, if you hadn’t already done so continued ago, that this is the aforementioned architect that fabricated the Pony, all those years ago.
In agreement of ammunition consumption, my weeklong analysis resulted in a accumulated city/highway boilerplate of 13.8L/100 km, benumbed on all-season tires and with temperatures alignment from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. This is not a agent that will save you a ton of money at the pump compared to others, let’s be clear, but to be fair my absolute came from spending almost alert as abundant time in the burghal than out on the highway. The agent comes able with stoop/start functionality, by the way, which over the continued booty should save you a bit on fuel.
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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Really acceptable for amplitude in both rowsNice suspensionSufficient ability from the abject agent on upPremium interior
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