Used 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
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
Which Santa Fe XL does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
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.
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Our experts like the Santa Fe XL models:
- 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.
Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. the competition
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
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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.
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.
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.
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Is the Hyundai Santa Fe XL a good car?
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
Is the Hyundai Santa Fe XL reliable?
Is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL a good car?
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:
- Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $41,400
- SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,950
- 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