The Santa Fe series from Hyundai consists of two models: a smaller crossover with two rows and a larger crossover with three rows. The two-row model, formerly known as Santa Fe Sport, is completely new for 2019, which is why the larger model for model year 2019 was renamed Santa Fe. Apart from the name change, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe remains relatively unchanged compared to previous years. Although the Santa Fe is just a midsize SUV, it can still comfortably carry up to seven passengers. The styling of the Crossover offers just a touch of adventure through a matte black lower padding, and the classic design looks good a few years after its debut.
With its prominent cascade grid and the unusual split two-piece lighting (the main headlights are the larger lower LED units), the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is no shrinking violet. This trust is reflected in the profile of the design. There are strong fender shapes, a distinctive character line that runs from nose to tail, and a window line that is less drastically narrower than the third-generation model that precedes it. It’s not a look that will be for everyone, but to me it looks outmoded, modern, assertive and surprisingly technically advanced. I like it
The new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe model is not only technical but also interior. High-quality iterations from the mid-size SUV get an 8-inch touch screen with Hyundai’s latest infotainment technology AVN 5.0, which is not surprising for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new hardware includes Bluelink telematics with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant speech recognition capabilities and the selected smartwatch feature. Even lower models get support for mirroring from Apple and Android, but with a smaller 7-inch screen. In fact, there are many screens inside: Hyundai’s superb 8.5-inch full-color head-up display is optional and the top-trim models are available with a 7-inch supervision multifunction meter display. New features in cabin technology include a new ultrasonic sensor-based rear seat detection system that picks up the horn, flashes the light, and pings the driver’s paired mobile phone when a child or pet is accidentally left in the back seat. Other fun features include an optional 360-degree camera, a wireless Qi charging station and a driver alert system.
All 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 252 pounds (242 pounds) of torque that transmits power to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive (FWD) is standard, but four wheel drive (AWD) is available for all three classes. Fuel economy was not officially announced for the 2019 model, but it should not be significantly different from last year, which combined 18 miles per gallon city, 25 highways, and 21.
Until the prices and fuel economy are released, it’s not clear how valuable the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe really is. With its distinctive and dramatic new look, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe receives its consumer attention. And with its recently refined cabin, a long list of safety and technical features and a surprising array of powertrains, it seems unlikely that it will abandon its position as Hyundai’s best-selling SUV.