2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Rating8.2

Ranked #2 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$25,750 - $38,800

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Key Spec of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
fuel economy

22/25/29

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

New and updated styling

Lack of optional packages

Hyundai has worked on the new Santa Fe from the ground up, It gets new looks, updated interior

Spacious interior

Subpar interior materials

The new Santa Fe is also bigger and stiffer than the outgoing version which allows for better off-roading capabilities and the longer body also allows for better room in the rear

Active safety features now available as standard

Transmission could use a bit more refinement

The FWD layout comes as standard in all the trims, while AWD is an available option

Smooth and refined ride

The base engine is a 2.4-liter Inline-4 whereas there is an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine which offers slightly better performance and the transmission is also new for this year

Various trim options offer good value for money

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The year 2019 has seen a lot of refreshed cars from different automakers, and Hyundai follows the same trend. The Santa Fe has been a brilliant utility vehicle since its launch back in 2000 and shared its platform with the Hyundai Sonata and the Hyundai Trajet.

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Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

9.00
7.50
6.50
8.30
9.00
9.40
7.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Midsize Suv

#5 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

SE$25,750 onwards

  • 17 inch painted aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Essentials premium cloth Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry

SEL$27,600 onwards

  • 2 1st row LCD monitor
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

SEL Plus$29,800 onwards

  • 18 inch painted aluminum Wheels
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Parking assist

Limited$32,600 onwards

  • 6.5-inch display
  • Power-liftgate

Ultimate$35,450 onwards

  • Navigation system
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers

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2019 Hyundai Santa FeHome Delivery
25
Price Drop, $2
Previous Price: $1999804 May 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

$19,996
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,992 Below market
RMV: $23,988
Marietta, GA
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2019 Hyundai Santa FeHome Delivery
13
Price Drop, $1200
Previous Price: $1999519 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

$18,795
Est. $255/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,669 Below market
RMV: $22,464
Hempstead, NY
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
15
Price Drop, $600
Previous Price: $1850025 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

$17,900
Est. $243/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,453 Below market
RMV: $21,353
Culpeper, VA
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2019 Hyundai Santa FeHome Delivery
15
Price Drop, $600
Previous Price: $2558108 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$24,981
Est. $339/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,788 Below market
RMV: $29,769
Maple Shade, NJ
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

$19,991
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,844 Below market
RMV: $23,835
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
16
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2200025 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL Plus

SEL Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 8A)

$21,000
Est. $285/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,003 Below market
RMV: $25,003
Las Vegas, NV
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
11
Price Drop, $1205
Previous Price: $1920020 Jul 2022

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 290 hp 6A)

$17,995
Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,418 Below market
RMV: $21,413
Holland, MI
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2019 Hyundai Santa FeHome Delivery
17
Price Drop, $1078
Previous Price: $2449424 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$23,416
Est. $317/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,428 Below market
RMV: $27,844
Lawton, OK
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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
6

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

SE

$22,499
Est. $305/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,221 Below market
RMV: $26,720
Stafford, TX
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Colors and Styles

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe in Lava Orange color
Lava Orange

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets an update and is now a two-row crossover SUV from the brand. The previously known bigger Santa Fe XL will soon be discontinued and replaced by the new seven-seater version which is in the works. There is a lot to learn about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe as it gets a complete overhaul. In the segment, the SUV goes up against the Volkswagen Tiguan, Chevrolet Equinox, and the Honda CR-V.


Features

There are a total of five trims to choose from for this year’s Santa Fe. The base model is named SE which is priced at $25,500. It comes with few basic features but incorporates a slew of standard and advanced safety features. The top-level trim is called Ultimate this trim comes with every available bit of features and also uses more upscale interior materials and costs $35,450.

Trim

SE

SEL

SEL PLus

Limited

Ultimate

MSRP (FWD)

$25,500

$27,600

$29,800

$32,600

$35,450

MSRP (AWD)

$27,200

$29,300

$31,500

$34,300

$37,150

Key Features

1st row LCD monitor

2- 1st row LCD monitor

18-inch painted aluminum wheels

19-inch aluminum painted wheels

HID headlights with dynamic bending lights and LED taillights. 

 

17-inch aluminum wheels

Driver and front passenger heated cushion seatback

Park distance warning with park assist

Leather upholstery

8-inch touch screen with navigation

 

ABS and traction control

Front fog lights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Smart cruise control

Panoramic sunroof

 

Driver Lumbar Support

Heated mirrors

 

Multi-view camera system

 
 

Manual front air conditioning

SiriusXM AM/FM, HD Satellite radio

     
 

Keyless entry all doors

       
 

Premium cloth seat trim.

       

Which Trim should you buy?

The Limited trim is the best option to choose. It comes with a host of features for comfort, infotainment, and safety altogether. Limited trim also unlocks the choice of a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is best suited for people who like to enjoy the drive as well as stay comfortable at the same time.

Engine and Performance
7.5/10

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe engine is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 unit that generates 185-horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. There is no fault with the engine, but it seems slightly underpowered for Santa Fe's size and heft. While the engine is quick off the line and feels adequate to zoom around town, at highway speeds it struggles to overtake the traffic. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine available from the limited trim producing 235 horsepower is a better option if you are not tight on budget and are more interested in the performance. 0-60 MPH comes up in just under 10 seconds for the 2.4-liter engine. FWD is standard on all trims while you can opt for an intelligent torque-vectoring AWD system which Hyundai calls HTRAC.

Both the engines come paired with the same 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is smooth most of the time, but it seems like Hyundai hurried with this transmission which shows as at times it shifts between gears a bit harshly.

Models

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$25,500

$25,190

$24,795

$25,345

Engine

2.4-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0-liter Inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.4-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power

186 hp @ 6,000 RPM

184 hp @ 4,400 RPM

170 hp @ 5,600 RPM

184 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

221 lb-ft @ 1,200 RPM

203 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.1

10

6.8

7.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

17.3

15.2

16

Top-Speed (MPH)

125

110

126

121

All the crossovers in the price range offer almost identical performance, however, Hyundai offers the least amount of torque which would result in less towing capacity than the rest. The Chevrolet Equinox is the fastest to 60 and to cross the quarter-mile mark thanks to the turbocharged engine, it also has the highest top speed.

How well does the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe handle?

Santa Fe for the 2019 model sees major improvements in ride quality and handling. The ride feels more refined and the SUV does a pretty good job of insulating road noise and engine noise while flattening out most bumps and rough surfaces. For the suspension setup, Hyundai uses front struts which combine with multi-link suspension at the rear. The high trims which are Limited and Ultimate use self-leveling rear air suspension which allows for a calmer ride. 

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a crossover but does not feel like one, it does not offer amazing handling characteristics but for the size and type of vehicle, it still feels confident and calm on the road at all times. The new body which offers higher ground clearance allows for better off-road driving and with the available AWD system, the new SUV will not let you down no matter the weather condition or road surface you are driving on.

Braking Performance

The new Santa Fe comes with 12-inch brakes on the front and rear. The brakes offer adequate stopping power for the 3,600-pound vehicle and the performance is quite good. The brake pedal does not have much play to it and offers short travel. The brakes feel smooth and poised at all times and bring the SUV to a complete stop from 60 MPH in 130 feet, a distance that is average for the segment.

Models

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda CR-V

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

13.4

N/A

11.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12

11.8

N/A

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,591

3,721

3,274

3,307

60-0 (feet)

130

N/A

N/A

115

The Honda CR-V has smaller brakes as compared to the Santa Fe, but the lower curb weight of the former allows for it to stop within a much shorter distance than the latter which has bigger brakes but is heftier too. The Chevrolet Equinox is the lightest, but as there is not much information available on its brakes, there is no say on how much distance it would cover before coming to a stop from 60 MPH. The Volkswagen Tiguan sports the biggest set of front brakes here with average-sized rear brakes. The braking performance of the Tiguan is decent despite weighing the most among the rivals here.

Fuel Economy
6.5/10

While the engine compromises on power which also affects the ride quality and takes the excitement out of the drive, one would expect that this compromise might come with better fuel economy because that is how it usually works out, but Hyundai somehow managed to make an engine which is less powerful and mediocre in terms of fuel economy. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel economy is rated at 22/29/25 MPG for city/highway/combined. However, to compensate for the average numbers, the SUV gets an 18.8-gallon fuel tank which is bigger than the segment average and allows for more range.

Models

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)

22

22

26

26

MPG (Highway)

29

29

32

32

MPG (Combined)

25

25

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

15.3

14.9

14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

414/545/470

337/444/383

387/447/417

364/448/392

Both the Honda CR-V and the Chevrolet Equinox offer identical MPG figures. However, the Equinox seems to win over the competitors in terms of mileage as it is the fastest to 60 MPH. The Santa Fe and the Tiguan also offer similar mileage figures, however, the Santa Fe, with its bigger tank, has a significantly better range than the Tiguan.

Interior
8.3/10

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior is bigger than the outgoing model meaning that the cabin is more room for cargo and passengers alike. Dropping the ‘Sport’ tag from its name, the new model is more welcoming for passengers, with an increase in the size of 2.6 inches between the wheels and 2.8 inches from bumper to bumper, it allows for more space for the passengers in the front and the rear. The seats are comfortable and provide enough support. There is ample space in the rear as well which would seat an average-sized adult with ease. There is no lack of small-item storage inside with a host of small cubbies and shelves all around the cabin.

Models

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.2/59.1/44.1

36.9/57.0/40.2

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.1/57.9/41.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/58.3/40.9

39.1/55.9/36.5

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.2/55.6/40.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

-

33.8/47.8/27.9

-

-

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

35.9

12

29.9

39.2

The Volkswagen Tiguan has a seating capacity of 7 with three rows of seats, but the third row of seats remains suitable only for small children and also takes away considerable cargo space. Both the CR-V and the Santa Fe offer the maximum space for passengers at the front and in the rear. The Honda CR-V also has the biggest cargo space followed by Santa Fe.

Some interior features are:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Reclining rear seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heated front seats with power-adjustable driver’s seat (SEL)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Every Santa Fe trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display that performs the infotainment duties. It comes with the latest smartphone integration system as well as Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. The top-tier Ultimate trim has an 8-inch screen also comes with a premium audio sound system. Moreover, the display is crisp and highly responsive with minimal lag. Most users will find the infotainment quite intuitive as well. 

Other features that are available as standard with the infotainment system in Santa Fe are:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Premium 630-watt 12 speaker audio system
Exterior
9.0/10

The Santa Fe is fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, it's bigger, taller, and now seems more like an SUV, unlike its predecessor. The looks become more upright with a big front grille that enables the SUV to make its presence felt on the road. This upright design language is also carried to the rear which now features a more upright tailgate as well as compared to the outgoing model's wagon-like design. The new design makes it look like a no-nonsense planted and aggressive SUV rather than the simplistic previous generation model.

Models

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lb)

3,591

3,721

3,274

3,307

Length (inches)

187.8

185.1

183.1

180.6

Width (inches)

74.4

72.4

72.6

73

Height (inches)

66.1

66.3

65.4

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

7.9

N/A

7.8

Wheelbase (inches)

108.9

109.8

107.3

104.7

The bigger Santa Fe allows for more room for the passengers. It's also the longest among the group which would make it a bit challenging to maneuver or park while reversing in enclosed spaces. In terms of looks, the new Santa Fe, hands down, looks the most appealing and modern out of the SUVs here, all thanks to Hyundai's shift to make its lineup more appealing and in tune with the current design trends followed by more premium brands.

Some exterior highlights are:

  • LED headlamps
  • Chrome-tipped dual exhaust
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Panoramic glass roof(optional)
Safety
9.4/10

The top safety institutions have praised the new Santa Fe. IIHS gave it its title of ‘Top Safety Pick+’, and NHTSA gave it a full five out of five-star safety rating. It comes packed with standard safety features like airbags, ABS, traction, and stability control alongside EBD. Automated emergency braking is also added to the standard list of safety features. Hyundai has included a lot of other features as well in the standard list of safety features which makes it safe and also makes it a better choice to go for as compared to the rivals. 

Other available safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rearview camera with rear-cross traffic alert
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active lane control
Competition
7.0/10

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Both SUVs come at almost the same price, but where the Volkswagen offers better torque allowing for more towing capacity it lacks in terms of features offered. The Santa Fe comes with a long list of standard features making it a better choice for an average buyer who requires a pleasant driving experience.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevy costs less than the Hyundai, offers a decent amount of features as standard, and offers better performance than the Santa Fe. Chevrolet has managed to make an engine that is a perfect blend of power and efficiency making the Equinox more fun-to-drive than the Santa Fe all while being highly efficient as well.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Honda CR-V

The CR-V is more fuel-efficient than the Hyundai, but it offers barely any features as standard, and the safety features are also less in the CR-V. The safety ratings of Santa Fe are also better and they offer identical performance. Moreover, the Santa Fe is more comfortable, comes with a long list of features for a similar cost, making it a better value for money.

Final Verdict

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has been given a fresh look. Starting from the exterior you get a new design that makes it bolder and aggressive making it look more like an SUV rather than a crossover. The engine is not as exciting as one would think but does its job well. The optional turbocharged engine would keep performance-oriented people happy. The size of the Santa Fe has also increased which makes it bigger not only from the outside but from the inside as well, creating more space for rear-seat passengers and cargo. The list of infotainment features and safety features throughout the trims remains decent, no matter what trim you opt for the new Santa Fe will not disappoint you.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$34300

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions
length

188 in

wheelbase

109 in

width

74 in

curb weight

3735 lbs

Height

67 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

40 cu ft

cargo volume

71.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Hyundai Santa Fe 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,864
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,944
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,944
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,137$1,850$1,750$2,055$1,946$10,738
Insurance$1,261$1,305$1,351$1,398$1,447$6,762
Fuel$2,699$2,780$2,863$2,949$3,038$14,329
Maintenance$342$552$375$1,642$1,788$4,699
RepairsNANANANA$670$670
Financing Interest$1,552$1,249$924$578$209$4,512
Taxes and Fees$2,425$220$208$197$184$3,234
Total Cost-To-Own$11,416$7,956$7,471$8,819$9,282$44,944
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