2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

What’s new

  • A new name for what is essentially last year's three-row Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Not to be confused with the smaller 2019 Santa Fe, which is fully redesigned
  • Part of the third Santa Fe generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of standard features for the money
  • Easy-to-use entertainment interface
  • Generous warranty coverage
  • Confident acceleration from the standard V6 engine
  • Cargo capacity falls short of some competitors
  • Limited availability of advanced driver safety aids
  • Fuel economy is slightly subpar
MSRP Starting at
$30,950

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Which Santa Fe XL does Edmunds recommend?

Hyundai offers just two trim levels. Our pick is the SE with the optional Premium package. The SE gets a respectable array of standard features, including smartphone integration and dual-zone climate control, and the Premium package adds items such as foglights, heated front seats and blind-spot monitoring. For all the high-end driver assist features, though, you'll need to upgrade to the Limited Ultimate with the optional Tech package.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

For 2019, Hyundai has changed the name of its three-row crossover, the Santa Fe, to the Santa Fe XL. This is not to be confused with the redesigned Santa Fe Sport, which is now called the Santa Fe. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get down to business. Is this 2019 Santa Fe XL worth considering for a three-row family hauler?

Indeed, the XL has seating for six or seven passengers, whereas the regular Santa Fe seats just five. The XL also offers a relatively spacious interior, a comfortable ride quality and an affordable price tag. A 3.3-liter V6 is standard, and it offers respectable power along with a standard tow rating of 5,000 pounds. The Santa Fe XL's V6 is a bit less fuel-efficient than the turbocharged four-cylinder engines found in competitors, but it's still a likable engine.

On the inside, the Santa Fe XL offers plenty of standard and optional equipment for tech-savvy buyers. First- and second-row seating should be plenty for adults. And third-row seating, while not the most spacious in the class, will work just fine for kids.

There are a few downsides, though. Cargo capacity behind the seats is limited compared to class leaders such as the Honda Pilot and the Volkswagen Atlas. Also, the latest advanced driver safety aids are only available on the most expensive Santa Fe XL trim level. Most other top SUVs give you the opportunity to get these safety features at a more affordable price. Overall, though, we think the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is a viable choice for a three-row family hauler.

Hyundai Santa Fe XL models

The Santa Fe XL is a six- or seven-passenger midsize SUV that's available in two trim levels: SE and Limited Ultimate. Both are available in front- or all-wheel drive. Every 2019 Santa Fe XL comes with a 3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 252 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.

The base Santa Fe XL SE starts you off with LED running lights, heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split folding second-row bench seat and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Electronic features include a 7-inch infotainment display, a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a USB port, Hyundai's Blue Link communications, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

Optional on the SE is the SE Premium package that adds LED foglights, leather seating, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a third-row USB port, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, proximity key with push-button start, a hands-free liftgate, and rear side window sunshades.

The Limited Ultimate gets all of the SE Premium package's equipment plus 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, second-row captain's chairs (instead of a bench), a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, an upgraded 12-speaker audio system, a 115-volt power outlet in the cargo area, rear parking sensors, and a multiview parking camera system.

A Tech package available for the Limited Ultimate adds a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and xenon headlights with automatic high beams.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

Predictable handling and precise steering help make the Santa Fe XL an enjoyable family shuttle to drive. The 3.3-liter V6 provides decent acceleration without fuss. In Edmunds testing, we measured a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds, which is average for the class.

Comfort

We like the front seats for their comfort and adjustability, and both front and second rows feel roomy. The third row is fine for kids. The suspension also delivers the comfortable ride quality you'd expect from a car-based crossover, and the lack of wind and road noise adds to a relaxed atmosphere.

Interior

A smart arrangement of the controls makes the Santa Fe XL easy to use. We like the simple physical controls and attractive design. The reclining second-row seats also slide forward and back, giving them a fair amount of head- and legroom.

Utility

Stowing both rows of back seats reveals 80 cubic feet of cargo space, and there's 40.9 cubic feet with the second row upright. That's less than in some competitors, but still plenty of space. A hands-free liftgate is available.

Technology

Hyundai's infotainment system is easy to use and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all Santa Fe XL trim levels. The available 360-degree camera system makes parking easy and safe.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL.

5 star reviews: 55%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 11 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Excellent overall package
Bill,
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)

I have been through a few new SUVs over the past year trying to find that one that fits me best. It seems that many manufacturers are having trouble getting their new 8-speed transmissions shifting smoothly and predictably. The 2019 Santa Fe XL uses a tried-and-true 6-speed with a torque converter that doesn't lock as soon as the vehicle moves (it does lockup at highway speeds, which is appropriate). The shifts in the Santa Fe XL are barely perceptible, unlike all of the other new vehicles I have driven over the past year. It also doesn't have the gimmicky auto engine start/stop feature that manufacturers have installed for gaming the EPA fuel economy test course. Make no mistake this "feature" does not save most customers money on fuel, but makes the car company's CAFE numbers higher which was the main goal. Also, it will put greater wear and tear on the engine, starting system and battery. Hyundai did an awesome job with the Santa Fe XL. It is a shame 2019 is the last year for the Santa Fe 3-row (it's being replaced by the Palisade).

5 out of 5 stars, Great value and electronic safety features
Greg M,
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)

My third Hyundai Santa Fe three years apart, each with significant improvements in safety. Great warranty. Very reliable. Pleasure to drive.

5 out of 5 stars, My Stormy Seas Blue Ultimate
Linda,
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)

Great new look! Excellent warranty. Very nice traveling vehicle. Alot of space in hatch area. Good price for a vehicle of its class.

5 out of 5 stars, Still best deal around
Bob,
SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)

Great looking inside and out, comfortable riding lots of power, lots of standard features, and only 7 passenger AWD V-6 SUV we found for under $30000, most others similarly equipped not even close in price. Now after almost 9000 miles no issues still very satisfied with vehicle.

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Features & Specs

SE 4dr SUV features & specs
SE 4dr SUV
3.3L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$30,950
MPG 18 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower290 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD
3.3L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$41,400
MPG 17 city / 22 hwy
SeatingSeats 6
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower290 hp @ 6400 rpm
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SE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
SE 4dr SUV AWD
3.3L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$32,700
MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower290 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV
3.3L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$39,650
MPG 18 city / 23 hwy
SeatingSeats 6
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower290 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Santa Fe XL safety features:

Blind-Spot Detection
Alerts you if it senses a vehicle in your blind spot while you're changing lanes.
Multi-View Camera System
Shows a top-down view of the Santa Fe XL when you park, making it easier to avoid curbs and line up in the parking space.
Lane Departure Warning
Monitors road markings and warns you if it detects you're drifting out of your lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. the competition

Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. Honda Pilot

While we like the Santa Fe XL, we like the Honda Pilot more. Both the Santa Fe XL and the Pilot have a spacious three-row cabin, but the Pilot has more cargo space and rear legroom. The Pilot also has better EPA-estimated fuel economy and superior on-road comfort. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Pilot.

Compare Hyundai Santa Fe XL & Honda Pilot features

Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. Mazda CX-9

If the Santa Fe XL is noteworthy for its reasonable prices and generous standard equipment, then it'd be fair to say that the Mazda CX-9 is noteworthy for its near-luxury interior. The CX-9 is also one of the best-driving three-row crossovers available thanks to sharp handling and responsive steering. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-9.

Compare Hyundai Santa Fe XL & Mazda CX-9 features

Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander and the Hyundai Santa Fe XL are very similar. They both offer a lot of standard equipment for the price, about 80 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, and satisfying performance from their V6 engines. The Highlander has the advantage on advanced driver safety aids — every Highlander comes standard with them — while the Santa Fe XL has a more user-friendly infotainment interface. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Toyota Highlander.

Compare Hyundai Santa Fe XL & Toyota Highlander features

FAQ

Is the Hyundai Santa Fe XL a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Santa Fe XL both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Hyundai Santa Fe XL fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Santa Fe XL gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Santa Fe XL has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Santa Fe XL. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

  • A new name for what is essentially last year's three-row Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Not to be confused with the smaller 2019 Santa Fe, which is fully redesigned
  • Part of the third Santa Fe generation introduced for 2013
Learn more
Is the Hyundai Santa Fe XL reliable?
To determine whether the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Santa Fe XL. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Santa Fe XL's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Santa Fe XL is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

The least-expensive 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,950.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,950
  • Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $41,400
  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $32,700
  • Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $39,650
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What are the different models of Hyundai Santa Fe XL?
If you're interested in the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, the next question is, which Santa Fe XL model is right for you? Santa Fe XL variants include SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), and Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Santa Fe XL models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Hyundai's 2019 Santa Fe XL is an appealing choice for a family-friendly crossover SUV. It's bigger than a five-passenger compact, but it's also not a behemoth SUV based on a full-size truck. The seven-passenger Santa Fe XL isn't the largest vehicle in this crossover category, but its first and second rows are at least as comfortable as those of its direct competitors. And it's a significantly larger vehicle than its Hyundai stablemates, the subcompact Tucson and the two-row Santa Fe.

Hyundai offers the Santa Fe XL in two basic trim levels, each with available options. At the base sits the SE, which is nicely equipped even if it is the entry-level model. Standard features include Bluetooth phone and audio, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual-zone climate control. For the SE there's also an available SE Premium package, which includes items such as a third-row USB port and a hands-free liftgate.

Then, there is the Limited Ultimate, which adds an upgraded stereo, a 360-degree parking system, and a bigger center touchscreen with navigation. Finally, there's the Tech package that adds driver assist systems such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. The Santa Fe XL can be had either with a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs, which reduce seating capacity to six.

All Santa Fe XL trim levels are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. And they all use the same six-speed automatic transmission that feeds the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. We're generally fans of the powerful six-cylinder engine, but several competitors offer more fuel-efficient powertrains. All Santa Fe XLs are rated to tow 5,000 pounds.

In a booming category such as larger crossover SUVs, it helps to have a guiding hand helping you make your decisions. Use Edmunds to help you find a great deal on a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Overview

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is offered in the following submodels: Santa Fe XL SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), and Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Santa Fe XL 4.3 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 2019 Santa Fe XL.

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What's a good price for a New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,255. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $5,126 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is 15% below the MSRP.

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