2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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What’s new

  • The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is redesigned
  • New interior and exterior look
  • New two-row design
  • Part of the fourth Hyundai Santa Fe generation introduced for 2019

Pros

  • Abundant standard features for the money
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Generous warranty coverage
  • Several standard and optional active safety features

Cons

  • Base 2.4-liter engine's power and mpg are subpar
  • High-quality interior materials


Which Santa Fe does Edmunds recommend?

Most Santa Fe shoppers should be pleased with midlevel Santa Fe SEL Plus. Much like the base SE and the SEL, the SEL Plus comes with a nice set of convenience and safety features. Yet it also gets useful extras such as a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone climate control and an upgraded 12-speaker stereo system. We're not fond of the base 2.4-liter engine, but replacing it with the upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged engine requires stepping up to the Limited or Ultimate trim level.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

First, we need to start off with a public service announcement: The naming of the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe might throw you off. The previous-generation Santa Fe (2013-2018) was a three-row crossover SUV, but the 2019 model is now a two-row and is essentially the redesign of last year's two-row Santa Fe Sport. A three-row model called the Santa Fe XL will come out later. Got it? Great. Now the question is: How good is this new Santa Fe?

We like that the Santa Fe is a bit wider and longer than outgoing Santa Fe Sport. It's more spacious on the inside, an area where it already excelled. Hyundai also improved the look and feel of the cabin. For standard equipment, the new Santa Fe gets smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and Hyundai's attractive 7-inch touchscreen. What's more, safety features such as forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a drowsy driving warning system, and Hyundai's Safe Exit Assist — which will temporarily prevent your door from opening if a vehicle is approaching from behind — all come as standard.

Alas, one thing we weren't overly keen on the Sport is still hanging around: the standard 2.4-liter engine. Power output is unchanged at 185 horsepower, and fuel economy is lackluster. Hyundai has paired it to an eight-speed automatic transmission for 2019, though, rather than last year's six-speed. The change should slightly improve acceleration and fuel economy. Hyundai is also offering a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder (235 hp).

Despite the probable confusion with its name change, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe seems to have a lot of potential. It's a well-equipped crossover with lots of modern tech and plenty of space for your family. If you're looking for a good value in the two-row crossover segment, it's a vehicle you'll want on your short list.

Trim levels & features

The 2019 Santa Fe is a five-passenger crossover, available in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited and Ultimate. The SE and the SEL are reasonably well-equipped, while the SEL Plus and Limited add some useful convenience features. The Ultimate packs on the luxury-oriented features. For the most part, there are no significant options or packages to choose from.

All trim levels come with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque). The Limited and the Ultimate are available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (235 hp, 260 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and any model can be specified with front- or all-wheel drive.

The base SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch display screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, four USB ports (two front and two rear) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a driver attention warning to prevent drowsy driving, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and Hyundai's Safe Exit Assist, which will temporarily prevent your door from opening if a vehicle is approaching from behind.

Along with the SE's standard equipment, the SEL gets foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, an upgraded driver information display, Hyundai Blue Link services and satellite radio.

Next up on the trim-level ladder is the SEL Plus. On top of the SEL's equipment, it adds 18-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, slide functionality for the rear seats, and a 12-speaker Infinity stereo system.

For a few more creature comforts, there's the Limited trim level. Here you get LED exterior lighting (headlights, taillights, foglights), a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

At the top of the heap is the Santa Fe Ultimate. It has everything on the Limited plus a top-down parking camera system, rear parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, adjustable lumbar support for the driver, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a driver head-up display, navigation and wireless smartphone charging.

On the Limited and Ultimate trim levels, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine option also comes with 19-inch wheels and a trailering package.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our first drive of the Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

The turbocharged 2.0-liter is the engine of choice for the Santa Fe. The base 2.4-liter engine is ill-suited to a car of this size. For the turbo engine, there's a noticeable delay in power delivery off the line, but acceleration is much stronger afterward. Handling is better than average, and it's easy to maneuver in tight spots.

Comfort

The Santa Fe has a comfortable ride and does a good job of smoothing out rough surfaces. The interior is quiet, with a distinct absence of road or wind noise. The front seats have a good mix of soft cushioning and firmer lateral support that help you stay refreshed on long stints.

Interior

Attractive interior materials, a fresh new dashboard design and more standard features mean the 2019 Santa Fe is as likable on the inside as it is fashionable on the outside. It's also longer and wider than the old Santa Fe Sport, giving it more space inside. The controls are well placed and easy to operate.

Utility

Total interior volume on the new Santa Fe has gone up thanks to the increased width and length. It also has generous cargo space, with a maximum of 71.3 cubic feet and handy underfloor storage compartments. The SEL Plus and above trim levels have a sliding rear seat to improve cargo-carrying versatility.

Technology

Standard equipment such as a 7-inch center screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and multiple USB ports all make the new Santa Fe very tech-friendly. The adaptive cruise control maintains following distances as smoothly as a human driver can, and the advanced safety features are well-tuned to avoid false alarms.

Consumer reviews

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

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Incredible Bang for the Buck
MCore35,08/31/2018
I did a *lot* of vehicle comparisons and test drives before I ended up deciding on the 19 Santa Fe. I considered everything from the VW Tiguan at the lowest price all the way up to a Audi Q5 and BMW X3 at the high end. None of them came close to providing the combination of features and technology on the Santa Fe. I got a 2.0T Ultimate with FWD and to get the same features I'd either have had to go with a much smaller vehicle that wouldn't work for hauling around 2 kids or pay 7-15k more (Ascent, RDX, Atlas, etc). The vehicle drives extremely well though the mileage on the 2.0 engine is nothing to get excited about (though I was coming from a 2011 Ford Edge so even the 20mpg in city driving is a 25% improvement). The interior is spacious and extremely well laid out with an upscale feel. Oddly enough I've always hated the skinny headlights on the Jeep Cherokee but I quite like the look of this vehicle, maybe the grill and large headlights are a factor. The side profile and rear views are very nice as well, especially with the 19" wheels that come on the higher trims. Overall I am thrilled with the Santa Fe and recommend anyone looking at a 5 passenger SUV to compare feature for feature with anything similar in size, you'd be hard pressed to find anything that'll beat it.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate-First Impressions
Terry,08/28/2018
The following are my first impressions after owning the 2019 Santa Fe Ultimate (2.4L) for about 2 weeks with 300 miles of suburban-type driving. For reference I have previously owned Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai Genesis, Acura RDX and Nissan Murano. All my previous cars have been V-6 powered. Pros: (1) Extremely smooth 8-speed transmission. You hardly notice shifts under most conditions. (2) Surprisingly, has a smoother ride than any other car I have owned. Road noise is very subdued. (3) Ergonomics are great-everything seems to be in the right place. All controls are easy to reach and seem intuitive. (4) Plenty of leg, knee and head room for my 6'3" frame. Entire interior feels spacious. (5) Location of GPS screen completely eliminates glare. Everything is easy to read. (6) Steering feels good and seems to be weighted just about right. (7) Loads of cargo space in the back with spacious under-floor storage compartments. (8) Front seats are very comfortable and supportive with both driver and passenger seats adjustable. We love the vented front seats. (9) Has an amazing suite of safety features, many of which are found only on much higher priced cars. (10) Interior feels luxurious with soft leather and nice fit and finish. (11) Cumulative MPG so far is 26+ (based on suburban driving only). Cons: The only negative so far, and it is a small one, is that the car seems slightly under powered. It understandably doesn't have the same response I am used to with V-6's. Engine noise becomes noticeable with any significant acceleration but quickly fades as speed is reached and is very quiet under all conditions other than acceleration. Before deciding on the 2019 Santa Fe, I researched and drove 6 other mid-sized suv's, and had decided on the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. When I learned of the complete Santa Fe redesign for 2019, I decided to wait. I'm glad I did because Hyundai has done a superb job with the redesign and the 2019 model is a very significant improvement over the 2018 in all respects.
After a few days of owning/driving we are pleased
Reagan R,09/03/2018
We researched extensively for a replacement for my wife's 2017 MKC once we determined in our minds that it just wasn't going to be realible over the long term. The MKC was a Reserve model that has a great interior with nice materials and great tactile feel, the mpgs were respectable and in the blue metallic it was a great looking vehicle. Over time it spent repeated visits to the dealership for dash rattles that couldn't be fixed (it's a Lincoln, it should never have had a dash rattle), USB ports that repeatedly quit working and a couple of other issues. Confidence lost we started shopping for something with the best factory warranty that could be purchased and serviced locally (the nearest Lincoln dealer was a 30 minute drive) that would also provide a bit more rear passenger legroom and cargo room. Our research first led to the deals on the outgoing Santa Fe Sport, but once we were able to start getting info on the the new 2019 Santa Fe we knew this was most likely the best combination of price, warranty, equipment (in the Ultimate trim), size/room and safety features that fit our needs. The exterior is nicely styled and gives a stronger appearance to the Santa Fe that lends it more of a SUV look than the former crossover styling. It took quite a bit of doing to find a Quartz with beige interior Ultimate with 2.0t in the FWD, but has been worth the search and our local dealer was able to trade for it keep our purchase local. We are impressed with the clear and unobtrusive heads up display, the surround back-up camera system, the lane keeping features, adaptive cruise, ride quality, great rear legroom, rear cargo area and the overall looks of the vehicle. Had the opportunity to try the rain sensing wipers yesterday and they worked very well. Time will tell on the fuel economy as we knew going in that this vehicle isn't at the top of the list for mpgs. I would say my biggest nitpicks, which I had before the purchase, would be going from the Lincoln Reserve level of interior materials to those used in the Santa Fe. True, it's not really a fair comparison, but at the Ultimate price point it overlaps into MKC territory so I would hope Hyundai will improve their game there in the future. There are a good many hard to the touch surfaces in easy reach that could've been improved upon. The "carbon fiber" look trim (on beige or black interior vehicles) does not flow well with the design, it looks very base model and it really should've been a nice complimenting wood or satin metal trim. I'll get passed that of course, well, I suppose I did because we purchased it, but for the Uktimate price tag some of these interior details should be addressed. Also at the Ultimate price point a customer shouldn't have to find a unit with a cargo cover, floor mats, cargo net or rear protective bumper appliqué and then pay extra for those, these should be standard equipment. We wound up with one that did not have the appliqué, which I feel should certainly be standard on any level Santa Fe to prevent scuffing the upper bumper paint. In summary, we've only had the vehicle a few days, so I'm sure our impressions will change with time and miles, but so far we are pleased overall with our new 2019 Santa Fe.
Wowza
Thom McC,08/28/2018
I have been shopping and reading and watching the YouTube video demos on the Santa Fe and the Ford Edge for a couple of months now and deciding which was the best value for performance, cost, and value. Since the Santa Fe offered a few things that the Ford didn't (very few) and since the cost and warranty were so much better I decided to take the plunge with it. I have only owned this car for about a week now but we have a 15 year old Hyundai XG 350L and based on the comfort, quality, and performance of that car and considering all of the modern overall improvements in quality and technology, in my opinion it would be very difficult to beat the 2019 Santa Fe. I knew from the start that I wanted the Ultimate FWD package but wasn't sure of whether to go with the 2.4 or the 2.0T engine. I went to a dealership that had a great inventory of both engines so I could do a side-by-side driving comparison. The 2.4 was very good but the 2.0T was outstanding. I have been driving a 2009 Ford Escape Limited with the 2.5 FWD and either of these two Hyundai engines coupled with the 8 speed transmissions beats it hands down in performance and quiet operation. Driving the car is a truly awesome experience. I have stayed mostly in the Comfort drive mode and the power and nimble steering are both fantastic. I have selected the Sport mode a couple of times and there is a very noticeable improvement along with a slight decrease in fuel economy. It is still a lot of fun to hit a winding road with Sport selected. The body side roll and confident road handling rally gives you a great respect for what Hyundai has accomplished with a vehicle of this weight. Regardless of what driving mode you select and despite the road conditions or traffic you might experience you will appreciate the very quiet cabin that is equipped with a ton of sound absorbing insulation, thick window glass all around, and active noise canceling. The seats have wonderful side bolstering so you stay firmly planted in the seat on the tight turns even when taken at fairly high speeds. I haven't ridden in the backseat myself but both my wife and brother were amazed at how roomy and comfortable it is in the back. My brother is 6 feet even and he said he had more than enough leg and head room. The rear seats slide forward and back and also recline. It is summer and he didn't need it but the back seat is also heated. The front seats are heated and ventilated. That is greatly appreciated here in the hot Georgia summer. There are more electronic safety and convenience features than you can count. I don't have children or pets but there are two critical safety features for living things in the back seat. First when you turn the engine off and open the driver's door the dash lights up with a reminder to check the rear seat for children. With the Hyundai Bluelink installed on your phone if the car sensors detect anything moving in the back seat after you exit it will send an alert to your mobile phone...but it will also start the horn blowing and that will continue for up to 8 hours. The other safety feature is a sensor that senses approaching traffic from the rear when the car is stopped and it will prevent the doors from opening to keep passengers from stepping out into traffic. I appreciate the lane departure warning system and the lane keep assist is also valuable but will take some getting used to. While driving on the interstate on the way home from the dealership I forgot that it was on and when approaching a curve in the road at 70 MPH the car began the turn on its own. I kept my hands on the wheel but the car steered itself accurately through the entire turn with no hunting or seeking to maintain the center of the lane. I also love the heads-up-display but a valuable piece of information...you can't see it very well with polarized sunglasses on (depending on the orientation of you lenses with respect to the projection). If I want to see it with enough brightness to be useful I have to twist my head slightly so I will be replacing my sunglasses. The fuel economy seems to be a bit better than what is advertised which is always good. Time will tell with more mileage. As with any vehicle built for the masses there is always something I might have added or done slightly different but this truly is a spectacular vehicle that should meet your every expectation of quiet, comfortable, driving. I certainly look forward to many more years of driving mine. I have probably rambled on way more than most people want to read so I'll just end it here but let you know that there are dozens of more features and comforts that I will leave to you to discover.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$27,600
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$37,100
MPG
20 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$25,500
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$35,450
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Santa Fe safety features:

Forward Collision Avoidance
Alerts the driver about an imminent collision and can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
Safe Exit Assist
Temporarily prevents you from opening your door if sensors detect a car approaching from the rear.
Surround View Monitor
Shows a top-down view of your SUV when you park, making it easier to avoid curbs and line up in the parking space.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the competition

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Honda CR-V

For years, the Honda CR-V has been the benchmark for the compact crossover segment. It's comfortable, fuel-efficient, spacious and affordable. Up against the Honda, the Santa Fe has its work cut out for it. Luckily, the new Santa Fe is larger on the inside than before, with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that promises increases in both fuel economy and drivability. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda CR-V.

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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mazda CX-5

The Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mazda CX-5 have similar appeal. They both boast attractive interior materials, abundant available safety features and reasonable pricing. The Santa Fe is a bit more spacious on the inside, but the CX-5 will likely be the better option for buyers who want a connected, sporty driving experience. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-5.

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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Rogue

While the Nissan Rogue isn't our favorite crossover, it does deserve a lot of praise. It's priced well, has lots of interior space and is very comfortable on the highway. Basically, it's very well-rounded. The Santa Fe, thanks to its recent redesign, is a pretty comprehensive package, too. Both are viable vehicles for your family vacation.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for Sale

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive

There May Be a New Class Leader Among Affordable Crossovers

byMark Takahashi, Senior Reviews Editor August 26th, 2018

In the world of crossover SUVs, where does compact give way to midsize? The all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe makes us wonder. Although it's priced against small SUVs such as the Ford Escape, it's nearly 10 inches longer than Ford's compact entrant. In fact, it's only a fraction of an inch shorter than the midsize Ford Edge. Within the Hyundai lineup, it slots in between the compact Tucson and the three-row Santa Fe XL, just as the Edge slots between the compact Escape and the three-row Explorer.

So where does that leave the Santa Fe? In a strong competitive position. It enjoys a freshness advantage over the Edge and other two-row midsizers, while it also has a space advantage over its compact price peers. Throw in up-to-date technology and available turbocharged power, and you've got a well-rounded, affordable crossover that merits consideration from a wide range of shoppers. Just keep in mind that only the two priciest Santa Fe models can be had with the desirable turbo engine.

What You Get and How Much It Costs

Santa Fe prices start at around $26,000 for the base SE trim. For the money, you get a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed transmission that drives the front wheels. An impressive array of advanced safety features is also offered, such as forward collision warning with automatic braking and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Also included are lane keeping assist and a safe exit assist system that prevents passengers from opening a door into the path of an approaching vehicle. On the inside, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is standard along with a 7-inch touchscreen.

For another $2,100, the SEL trim adds keyless entry and ignition, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics with smartphone-app control. The SEL Plus trim costs another $2,200 and brings bigger 18-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote second-row seatback releases in the cargo area, and an Infinity audio system. You also get a rear occupant alert system that senses movement in the rear seats after the car is locked and beeps the horn, flashes the lights, and sends a text and email alert.

The Limited trim costs about $33,000 and dresses up the Santa Fe with a panoramic sunroof, LED exterior and interior lighting, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat and heated rear seats. The Ultimate trim, which crests past the $36,000 mark, adds an 8-inch touchscreen, a surround-view camera system, ventilated front seats with extendable thigh supports, a head-up display and a wireless charging pad.

Notably, the Limited and the Ultimate are eligible for a $1,600 engine upgrade to a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that also comes with 19-inch wheels. All-wheel drive can be added to any 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe model for $1,700. Otherwise, there are no factory options available.

Zooming out on the Santa Fe's broad competitive set, the base SE model is a bit more expensive than base versions of the compact Honda CR-V and Jeep Cherokee, but slightly cheaper than the midsize Subaru Outback. Stepping up to the midsize Ford Edge or Nissan Murano will cost you a few grand more. In an apples-to-apples comparison of features and trim levels, the Hyundai's advantage generally grows. Factor in industry-leading warranty coverage and the Santa Fe only looks better.

Running the Numbers

We spent our time with the range-topping Ultimate trim with the turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, which brings the price uncomfortably close to $40,000. Hyundai expects the volume seller to be the midgrade SEL Plus trim, which costs $10,000 less. But that model is only available with the base 2.4-liter engine that is quite a bit less powerful and responsive. If you want the turbo but don't need every available bell and whistle, note that the entry-level price for a turbocharged Limited model comes in around $35,000.

Behind the wheel, the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe feels solid in almost every aspect, though from a standstill, acceleration is rather weak for the first 20 feet or so. The drivetrain gets it moving with much more authority from there on out. Passing slower traffic is stress-free as the transmission quickly selects a lower gear for added punch. It's a fair bet that the base engine will require a lot more pedal and patience.

The suspension is tuned with a bias toward comfort rather than handling performance, but the Santa Fe still takes to the curves with confidence. Body roll is well-managed and the effect of midcorner bumps is minimized. Cornering ability is far greater than what most drivers will require. Likewise, the brake pedal is reassuringly firm when you need to slow down in a hurry, and it's easy to modulate for smooth stops. With the exception of the weak initial acceleration, the Santa Fe drives as well as we'd expect from a top crossover in this price range.

The same holds true for the way the advanced safety and driver assistance features work. The frontal collision warning system is optimally tuned to avoid annoying false alarms. The adaptive cruise control is also well-calibrated, maintaining the gap between the vehicle in front by slowing and speeding up with smooth actions. It can even bring you to a full stop and resume with a tap of the gas pedal or a cruise control button.

Thanks to the available all-wheel-drive option, the Santa Fe has better-than-average off-road abilities. It's not as proficient as a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, but it should keep up with a Subaru Outback when the pavement ends. Ground clearance is adequate for moderate ruts and rocks, while the lockable center differential and hill descent control should make the terrain seem a lot less challenging.

Superior Interior

Once inside the Santa Fe, you'll notice how open and airy the cabin feels. Outward visibility is excellent, and the available panoramic sunroof gives an even greater sense of space. Actual physical space is also generous, with abundant room for taller adults in both rows. The rear seats are mounted higher than usual, affording an expansive view forward while providing welcome thigh support for long-limbed occupants. You'll notice the lack of noise, too, once you're underway as the interior remains well-insulated from wind and road noise.

The overall interior design doesn't break new ground in a fashion sense, which is just fine with us. A lot of the questionably functional gimmickry that is becoming more prevalent in the industry has been skipped in favor of physical buttons and knobs. As a result, you rarely have to take your eyes off the road for simple operations. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment, more complex functions can be executed via voice command.

For the most part, the materials quality exceeds expectations. Most of the touchpoints are adequately padded, and prominent surfaces convincingly grained. There are still some hard plastics, but they're not conspicuous enough to detract from the general impression of quality. Both the infotainment and instrument panels are quick to respond and intuitive to the point that you'd probably never have to consult the owners' manual.

The front seats feature multiple densities of foam, with more compliance for your back and posterior and firmer support on the side bolsters. Even after spending many hours on the road, fatigue was a nonissue. The inclusion of ventilation on the top trim further ensures comfort in warmer climates. In back, the seats slide fore and aft with a surprising amount of travel to give priority to either passenger or cargo space.

Speaking of cargo space, the Santa Fe can accommodate up to 35.9 cubic feet of stuff behind the rear seats, expanding to 71.3 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down. That puts the Hyundai on the high end of the compact class and makes it competitive with some midsize models. For even greater convenience, there is a wealth of underfloor storage in the cargo area, and the hands-free tailgate is triggered by standing near it for a few seconds, rather than having to swipe a foot under the bumper awkwardly.

Santa Fe Is Hot

The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has far more positive aspects than drawbacks. It doesn't hurt that it looks quite handsome, too. Of our complaints, the limited availability of the turbocharged engine ranks highest. Having that option on the midgrade SEL or SEL Plus trim would make the Santa Fe even more difficult to resist.


More about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai has made some big changes for 2019 when it comes to the Santa Fe. Sure, it's completely redesigned, but that's not all. The Santa Fe has evolved from a three-row SUV to one with two rows. Basically, Hyundai has redesigned the old two-row Santa Fe Sport and renamed it the Santa Fe. What about the old three-row Santa Fe? That's now named the Santa Fe XL.

The new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a redesigned look on the outside and the inside. It's also equipped with a new eight-speed transmission to go with the standard 2.4-liter engine. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine also gets the new eight-speed.

Like the previous year's model, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offers an attractive powertrain warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles. It also includes a lot of standard equipment for the money. There are five trim levels for the Santa Fe: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited and Ultimate. They are all available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Base SE equipment includes items such as a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control. That's quite a bit when you consider the SE's entry-level price. The SEL adds items such as foglights, heated front seats, Hyundai Blue Link services and satellite radio. The SEL Plus pads on a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 12-speaker Infinity stereo system. On the Limited and Ultimate trim levels, you get upgraded interior materials and niceties such as a panoramic sunroof and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen.

Whichever trim level you choose, the Santa Fe definitely has a competitive level of equipment for the money. Some rivals may offer a sportier experience or a bit more cargo space, but the Santa Fe can hold its own. For more information on the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and to pick the right two-row crossover for your needs, head over to Edmunds.

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

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What's a good price for a New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV?
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,605. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $5,401 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,401 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,204.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is16.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 40 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,475. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,018 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,018 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,457.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is13.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 43 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,480. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $3,866 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,866 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,614.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is14.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 46 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,005. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,084 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,084 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,921.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 37 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,180. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $3,100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,080.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 37 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SE 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,405. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,305 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,305 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,100.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is12.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 29 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,780. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,833 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,833 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,947.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is15.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 27 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL Plus 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,580. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,192 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,192 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,389.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is14.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 26 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV SEL 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,705. The average price paid for a new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is trending $2,016 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,016 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,689.

The average savings for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) is6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 2.4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Listings and Inventory

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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