Overview (Final Score: A-)
Completely redesigned for 2019, the Santa Fe has a new look inside and out and now includes a two-row design without using the Sport model name. This marks the fourth generation for theand it remains a choice abundant with features and quality for the price paid.
The renaming of the Santa Fe may be confusing to some. The “Sport” title has been dropped altogether and the Santa Fe is now a two-row midsize crossover by default. The three-row model is now designated the XL. The two models are almost identical except for that third row addition in the XL and the slightly larger body dimensions that result. The new Santa Fe is much larger than the previous-generation Santa Fe Sport and more on par with the full-sized Santa Fe instead.
Big improvements to the 2019 Santa Fe include a larger interior, more smartphone integration for infotainment, and lots of standard advanced safety technologies. There are a few downers too, like the anemic four-cylinder base engine and the large roof pillars impeding the driver’s view.
Still, in all, the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a very well-made crossover with a lot of upsides. The Santa Fe comes in two model designations (Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL) and five trim levels (SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate). There are two engine options and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
What We Love About the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe:
- Great value in its features versus price
- One of the best warranties in the business
- Upgrade engine is an excellent match for the Santa Fe’s size
What We Don’t Love About the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe:
- Base engine is sluggish and not very efficient
- Roof pillar design impedes driver’s rearview heavily
- Ride quality can be harsh at times
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (73/80, 91%)
Comparables to the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe are plentiful as this two-row and three-row segment of midsize offerings is large. Theand Pilot, , and and Pathfinder are all competitors here. The Honda models offer more verve, the Kia has similar roominess and more budget appeal, while the Nissan models offer more upscale interiors.
The 2019 Santa Fe is an excellent choice in the midsize market, however, and is one of our top-ranked crossover-SUVs for this model year. It’s a strong contender with a lot of value and excellence.
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