For its 2019 edition of the Santa Fe, Hyundai has created bigger and roomier interior.
According to Auto Express, the five-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe crossover is thoroughly redesigned for 2019 and is no longer called Santa Fe Sport, either, a nomenclature change made just as the larger three-row Santa Fe XL based on the previous model prepares to give way to the all-new Palisade for 2020.
It says that the new Santa Fe is bigger and roomier than its predecessor in every meaningful dimension while a slew of trims is available, plus a choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive.
“It is a clean and handsome rig, with narrow LED daytime running lights atop LED headlights, both outboards of a chunky egg-crate grille with fog lamps positioned to each side. Lithe A-pillars improve forward visibility, while the front overhangs have been minimised. Handsome 18-inch wheels are standard with the SEL Plus,” the Auto Express says.
It adds that the new edition comes with a ton of standard changes such as the safety gear which includes blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, active cruise control with ‘stop and go’ capability, and forward collision avoidance.
The Auto Express says, “The Santa Fe is also Hyundai’s first vehicle to include across-the-range standard Safe Exit, which warns occupants about opening side doors if a car is approaching from behind, the system can also automatically override the electronic child safety locks to prevent the driver from unlocking them if a car is approaching.
“Convenience goodies include an eight-way power driver’s seat, both front seats are heated, keyless entry and start, heated side mirrors, a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a premium Infinity audio system with surround sound and Clari-Fi, the latter a function which seeks to bring the best audio quality from compressed digital files.”
Reviewers note that the new Santa Fe feels airier than its predecessor, particularly in the seats while its front hip room has increased nearly an inch.
According to Motortrend, the dash is an approachable mix of digital screens and analogue controls, making it a no-brainer to dial-in your preferred radio station or configure the dual automatic climate control to your liking.
It says, “The forward centre console includes ports for 12-volt gear, USB, and an AUX input. The materials are tasteful and everything is nicely finished, but the overall look is more functional than luxurious.
The simplicity of the interface and the resulting lack of annoyances proved more welcome in day-to-day driving than a hedonistic Nappa-leather cockpit full of overly wrought tech.
“The rear seats gain more than an inch of legroom and there’s enough space for three adults (on short trips at least). The rear seat slides fore and aft, reclines, and also folds flat. Nearly three inches of added overall length has increased cargo room behind the second row, too. At the rear, a hands-free smart power liftgate is standard.”
Auto Express says the car is improved, thanks to a revised suspension, and steering is quicker and quite good.
“In every situation, the new Santa Fe felt polished and composed, with an abiding feeling of structural solidity and the versatility to switch mission profiles in a blink,” it says.