2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- Generous rear-passenger and cargo space
- Lots of features for the money
- Lengthy warranty coverage
- Below-average fuel economy for a small crossover SUV
- Thick roof pillars hamper rearward visibility
- Ride quality can be uncomfortably stiff on rough pavement
- Adaptive cruise control isn't the best at maintaining or regaining speed
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport pricingin Ashburn, VA
Edmunds' Expert Review
If you're looking at crossover SUVs, you may find the fact that Hyundai offers two separate models with very similar names a tad confusing. But once you understand where the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport fits in, you'll see that there's a method to Hyundai's madness. The Santa Fe Sport, which receives a thorough freshening for 2017, is a small crossover that seats five. The Santa Fe (reviewed separately), which has also been updated this year, is a midsize crossover SUV with room for up to seven passengers in three rows of seats.
Revised front-end styling is one way to tell the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport apart from its predecessors.
With that confusion cleared up, we can tell you the Santa Fe Sport's tidier measurements make for an all-around more nimble package. Engine choices include a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four that puts out a healthy 240 hp. These output numbers have actually dropped since last year, but Hyundai claims the retuning yields more oomph at low engine speeds. It should be noted that, despite a slight bump in fuel economy for 2017, neither engine is particularly efficient, with the Santa Fe Sport's official EPA numbers being only slightly better than those of the larger V6-powered Santa Fe.
Like most Hyundai models, the Santa Fe Sport provides a lengthy list of amenities, including some that you don't always see in this segment, such as a hands-free power liftgate and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking. A roomy interior with a sleekly futuristic dashboard adds to the appeal. While the Santa Fe Sport has much to offer, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are also very appealing, as is the related but newer Kia Sportage. It's certainly worth test-driving as many vehicles as you can in this fast-moving segment, but you just might find yourself coming back to the well-rounded 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
Standard safety features on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard are a rearview camera and Blue Link, Hyundai's emergency system that provides services such as remote access, emergency assistance, theft recovery and geo-fencing.
Blind-spot detection is one of the numerous safety features offered on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert are optional for the base Santa Fe and standard on both 2.0T models. Rear parking sensors and a multiview camera system that gives a 360-degree view around the vehicle are standard on the 2.0T Ultimate and optional on the base model. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are available as options on the 2.0T Ultimate.
In government crash tests, the Santa Fe Sport earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars each in the frontal- and side-impact protection categories. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Santa Fe Sport similarly earned a top "Good" rating in moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset tests, plus a "Good" rating in the side-impact, roof-strength and seat/head restraint design (for rear-impact whiplash protection) tests.
The IIHS has also given the Santa Fe Sport's optional forward collision mitigation system a top ranking of "Superior."
In Edmunds brake testing, a Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet, which is a few feet longer than average.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger small crossover SUV that's offered in three trim levels: base, 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate. The larger seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe is reviewed separately.
Although the 2017 Santa Fe Sport is technically a small crossover, its bold styling and spacious interior make it seem more like a midsize model
The entry-level Santa Fe Sport comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler, a windshield wiper de-icer (AWD models only), air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, a telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a 5-inch display screen and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/audio input jacks.
Optional for the base model is the Popular Equipment package that bundles front foglights, LED daytime running lights, roof rack side rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar), a 7-inch touchscreen display, Hyundai Blue Link services and Android Auto smartphone integration.
You can also get the Sport Premium package (requires Popular Equipment package). It adds extra safety features (see Safety section below), a hands-free power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power front passenger seat (includes height adjustment), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, slide and recline functionality for the rear seats, and rear side window sunshades.
Step up to the 2.0T and you get a more powerful turbocharged engine, 18-inch alloy wheels and the contents of the above option packages as standard.
The top-of-the-line 2.0T Ultimate adds 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Infinity premium sound system.
For the base Santa Fe Sport, you can get most of the Ultimate trim's extra features as part of the Tech package.
Finally, the 2.0T Ultimate model can be had with the optional Ultimate Tech package that includes adaptive headlights with automatic high beam control, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and an electronic parking brake with auto hold.
Under the hood, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport base model gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 hp and 178 pound-feet of torque. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T models get an upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic.
According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the front-wheel-drive Santa Fe Sport 2.4 achieves 24 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway), while all-wheel drive knocks it down to 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway). These are below-average numbers for the segment. With the turbocharged engine, fuel economy is essentially the same at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive.
On the road, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport doesn't feel as sporty as its name might lead you to believe, but its firm suspension is a step in that direction. On the flip side, while ride and handling characteristics are fine on smooth pavement, that suspension tends to transmit rough patches directly to the cabin, with little apparent absorption. Happily, the interior is among the quieter spaces in this class, so as long as you stick to well-maintained roads, the Santa Fe Sport should be a pleasant traveling companion.
By the numbers, the 2017 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is one of the most powerful vehicles in its class.
The standard 2.4-liter engine can hold its own against comparable four-cylinder engines from the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and others. It's nice that Hyundai offers an upgraded turbocharged engine, but we've found its maximum performance to be underwhelming in Edmunds testing. Still, the turbo gives you a lot more get-up-and-go in everyday driving, so it's definitely worth test-driving alongside the base engine and seeing which one feels like a better fit for your style.
The 2017 Santa Fe Sport offers a passenger cabin that's a cut above what you might be expecting from an affordable crossover. Most materials have a quality look and feel, while the switches and controls are generally simple and intuitive to use. We also like Hyundai's straightforward and highly legible touchscreen interface.
The front seats offer good comfort and support, while the rear seats feel more spacious than those of competing models. The interior's biggest negative is visibility, thanks to wide rear roof pillars and small side and rear windows.
The available panoramic sunroof gives the 2017 Santa Fe Sport an airy and upscale character inside.
That roomy interior also makes for a spacious cargo hold, with 35.4 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and a healthy 71 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down, numbers that are on par with category leaders. Getting bulky items in and out is made easier by virtue of the available hands-free rear liftgate that opens automatically when you stand behind the car for a few seconds with the key fob in your pocket or purse.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport video
JOSH SADLIER This is Edmunds editor, Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe Sport often gets overlooked when people are talking about the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, but we don't think that's fair. There's a lot going for the Santa Fe Sport. Starts with the optional turbocharged engine under the hood. By the numbers, acceleration isn't overwhelming, but there's certainly more torque at low engine speeds than you get in naturally aspirated rivals. On the downside, fuel economy isn't that great, even with the base engine, and the turbo engine doesn't do better, so that's a pill you're going to have to swallow if you go with the Santa Fe Sport. But as you can see, the Santa Fe Sports got plenty of style. It certainly stands out from the pack in this relatively conservative segment. It might even be worth considering alongside mid-size competitors like the Ford Edge. Step inside the Santa Fe Sport, and you'll find a pretty roomy back seat, at least compared to other compact crossovers. Decent legroom, plenty of headroom, nothing to complain about back here. Up front, the control layout's starting to look a little dated-- the Santa Fe Sport isn't the newest vehicle in this class-- but everything's pretty straightforward, and that touchscreen is really easy to use. One note of caution, though, about the base trim level. It's not that well-equipped, so, particularly because Hyundai's known for value, we'd advise stepping up to one of the middle trim levels. The bottom line with the Santa Fe Sport is that it's a stylish alternative to the status quo. Optional turbo engine adds a little spice. It's worth a test drive. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Expert Rundown Review
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Features & Specs
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport for Sale
Updated this year, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport remains an enticing choice for consumers shopping for a small crossover SUV. The attractively styled, five-passenger Sport offers a wide range of comfort, convenience and safety features. And like its larger three-row sibling, the Santa Fe, it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Exterior changes for 2017 include a sportier front end with a redesigned grille and headlights, and in back you'll find new taillights and dual exhaust tips. Inside, a larger 5-inch infotainment display is now standard, and a 7-inch screen with Android Auto smartphone app integration is available. The 2017 Santa Fe Sport also features new options for advanced driver safety aids, including forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking.
Power for the base Sport comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Although performance with that powerplant is on par with much of the competition, drivers looking for more lively acceleration might want to consider the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes on the higher trim levels. It puts out 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy is underwhelming, though. A front-wheel-drive Santa Fe Sport with the base 2.4-liter engine gets 24 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway), which is off the pace set by many rivals crossovers. Choosing all-wheel drive and the turbocharged engine drops the rating to 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).
On the road, Hyundai's compact crossover is enjoyable to drive, though its suspension is tuned a bit more firmly than the norm, and that results in above-average jostling over rough pavement or washboard dirt roads. The Santa Fe Sport's interior is surprisingly roomy, though. Fit and finish is excellent, and high-quality materials, combined with comfortable front seats and an extra-roomy second row, add to the impression of a more expensive vehicle.
The base Santa Fe Sport come fairly well equipped right out of the box, but the more fully outfitted Sport 2.0T adds the turbocharged engine and considerably more comfort and convenience items, and the top-of-the-line Sport 2.0T Ultimate piles on a host of luxury and tech features. Key premium features you might want include heated leather seats, a 360-degree camera system, a premium 12-speaker sound system and a hands-free liftgate. Whatever your preference, though, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport to meet your needs.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is offered in the following submodels: Santa Fe Sport SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Santa Fe Sport 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Santa Fe Sport.
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,985. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,160 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,160 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,825.
The average savings for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is18.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,140. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,640.
The average savings for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is1.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,535. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,200 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,200 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,335.
The average savings for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is7.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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