Hyundai’s all-new Santa Fe is larger in every dimension for 2019. The five-passenger version was called the Santa Fe Sport last year. The seven-passenger Santa Fe is now the XL.
It’s confusing, yes, but what’s clear is this a nicely designed crossover. Our review Ultimate version has front wheel drive. All-wheel is available.
Fit and finish levels are now on par with some luxury brands. It doesn’t just look good, logical design means most controls are easy to use even while driving. The transmission is an eight-speed.
Leather seats are very comfortable and an extendable bottom cushion is nice for long trips.
Electronic driving aids like lane departure, blind spot, and cross traffic alert are standard on trims. Also standard is smartphone integration, and the Ultimate gets a surround view camera system.
Passenger room in row two is excellent. Low liftover height means easier cargo loading, and underfloor are large storage bins.
Ultimate trims get a 2-liter turbo four with 235 horsepower. Base Santa Fes have a non-turbo four.
It’s very clear Hyundai spent a lot of time making the new Santa Fe as quiet as possible. It has an extra thick windshield and it all seems to work very well.
Handling is sure-footed and secure with very little body lean in the turns.
So, for the 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe Ultimate 2.0-liter front-wheel drive, I say thumbs up to a roomier interior, excellent fit and finish and lots of standard tech; thumbs down to a weak base engine.
I averaged about 23 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker is $38,205.