2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP $27,825 - $39,425

Ranked #8 in Compact Suv

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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Crossover - it's not really a full-fledged body size; rather it's this weird breed of two different sizes cut in two halves and merged into one. How much can you cram into this mash-up? Cue Hyundai. The manufacturer has created the 2020 Santa Fe, which is affordable, easy to drive, and comfortable while remaining practical, all for just the starting price of $26,125. Alongside offering a grand list of features, the 2020 Santa Fe has been given an updated list of safety tech.

Propelling the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a standard 2.4L inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. An optional turbocharged 2.0L is also offered with the SUV. Replacing 2-row seats over 3 from last year, the Santa Fe comes in three trims and an upcoming diesel variant would see the return of 3-row seats made standard in the previous iteration. Furthermore, for 2020, Hyundai no longer offers the Ultimate trim.

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Pros

Smooth and nimble ride

Premium cabin quality and material

Abundant standard safety features and trim-specific features

Spacious cabin with plush seating

Cons

Lackluster engine performance

Fuel guzzler

What's New?

Added standard safety features

Feature reshuffle between trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39425

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

260 lb-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

108.9 in.

length

64.5 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

4063 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

110.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

71.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

897 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$27,825 onwards

SEL$27,875 onwards

Limited$35,875 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe in Bronze Metallic, premium leather color
Bronze Metallic, premium leather

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


A practical SUV at heart, the 2020 Santa Fe is not necessarily the fastest or the best performing SUV in the segment. It houses a spacious interior certainly, and it also has one of the best if not the best feature lists in the segment. With minor changes being brought about for this year, the Hyundai Santa Fe will get a major refresh for the year 2021. There is always another side to a story; and with all the goods Santa Fe brings, it will still face a tough rivalry amongst the likes of Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, and Mazda CX-5. These SUVs have quite an arsenal behind them however can the 2020 Santa Fe deliver? Let's find out.


8.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Features

8.5/10

In its new refreshed iteration, Hyundai has split the SUV crossover, 2020 Santa Fe, into 3 different trim levels. They go by SE, SEL, and, Limited, where each trim consists of a standard front-wheel-drive or the AWD choice for a premium. The Ultimate trim for 2020 has been excluded. Starting off at a price of MSRP $26,125 for the base trim, the top-of-the-line Limited trim is priced at $37,350. Even in Santa Fe’s base trim, you’d find a host of convenient features and the list only gets more premium and in abundance as you climb the configuration ladder.

Trims

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$26,125

$27,875

$35,875

MSRP (AWD) $27,600 $36,425 $37,350

Key Features

Noise-reducing windshield

Rear Occupant Alert

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Chrome-tipped dual-outlet exhaust

Heated Mirrors

Leather seating surfaces

 

YES Essentials stain and odor resistant cloth

Keyless entry and ignition

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop/start

  -Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Power adjustable driver’s seat

Multi-view Camera System

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The SEL trim seems like the best configuration, for it offers a premium set of features along with technology while being pocket-friendly at the same time. The SEL trim also gets a Convenience package, that now includes wireless charging. Safety quotient is also on the rise with the SEL trim, as it does get a Rear Occupant Alert as standard from now on.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine and Performance

7.5/10
For the turbo engine, there's a noticeable delay in power delivery off the line, but acceleration is much stronger afterward -edmunds

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is propelled by a paltry sized 2.4L inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This blend fuses to shoot 185 horses and 178-pound feet of torque. Frankly, for the size of this SUV, you’d want to look at the higher trims with the 2.0L Turbocharged powertrain which has remarkably better performance, as it puts out 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque on the whole. That should explain what comes next now; while the acceleration on the Santa Fe isn’t sluggish, its performance as a whole has a rather uninspiring feel to it. Not what you’d expect from an SUV that struggles to move smoothly uphill.

The new 8-speed shiftable gearbox is a big improvement over the outgoing six-speed box. It is responsive and smooth and matches the demanding power of the engine. The 2.4L does not have the finesse on the performance bit, nor can it accelerate rapidly. It takes 8.9 secs to zip from 0-60 mph. Coming to the quarter-mile front, clocking in 16.5 secs on the clock, Santa Fe yet again stands in the mix of the competition. Buy the Santa Fe if you want to sit back and enjoy the ride, not enjoy what you drive.

Model 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

MSRP

$26,125

$24,795

$25,345

$25,345

Engine

2.4L NA Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4 Turbocharged

2.4L NA Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

6 Speed automatic

Power

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

170 hp @ 5600 RPM

184 hp @ 6400 RPM

187 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

178 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM

203 ft-lbs @ 2000 RPM

180 ft-lbs @ 3900 RPM

186 ft-lbs @ 4000 RPM

0-60 MPH 8.9 secs 8.4 secs 9.1 secs 9.3 secs
Quarter Mile 16.5 secs 16.3 secs 16.0 secs 16.6 secs

Finally impressing is its driving dynamics, the SUV tends to sort out comfort along with spirited ride quality. The heavy-duty chassis is a major improvement over last year, with better engineering and mechanics fitted to the suspension to absorb all curbs. If the engine is too stubborn to yield all that power, the chassis yields to the fun and nimble ride experience. Taut, smooth, and agile, the SUV has a limited body roll and responsive weighted-steering wheel, giving laudable maneuverability for this size. Handling around corners feels confident, and ride-along bumps are well absorbed.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Sante Fe drinks 22 miles per gallon driving around the city while cruising on the highway has it guzzling 29 miles per gallon. This is with the FWD setup. Opt for the AWD setup, and the Santa Fe is rated at 21 MPG in the city and 27 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Go for the 2.0L turbocharged engine unit, and there the Santa Fe is rated at 20 and 27 MPG in the city and highway respectively with the FWD setup, while the AWD variant offers lesser fuel economy by slicing off 1 MPG.

Model 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

MPG (city)

22

26

26

25

MPG (highway)

29

32

32

31

MPG (combined)

25

28

28

28

Range (city/highway)(miles)

414 / 545

387 / 477

364 / 448

370 / 459

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.8

14.9

14.0

14.8

These figures place the Hyundai Santa Fe somewhere in the mix in the fuel efficiency chain in this competition. However, its rivals are more fuel-efficient than the Korean manufacturer. While its average performance compensates with the ride quality, its frugality under the hood is lackluster and discouraging.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

8.0/10
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a competitive, comfortable family hauler -thecarconnection

The 2-row seating Hyundai Santa Fe seats a maximum of 5 passengers with great comfort and space. Quality materials alongside a soft feel furnish the cabin and comfortable seats with better bolstering allow for long-distance drives. The dash feels great and high-quality in places but there are evident hard plastics used in certain places in lieu of cost cut.

Sit in the back or the front, you’d always find space whether that’s for your head or your legs. Spacing is greatly managed by the SUV. Visibility is fine around and noise is easily canceled out from the outside world. A 7” infotainment system with touchscreen capability is installed along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard while the infotainment system is fairly simple and intuitive.

Model

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.2/59.1/44.1

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

Cargo Capacity 35.9 cu. ft 29.9 cu. ft 39.2 cu. ft 30.9 cu. ft

At 35.9 cubic feet, the Santa Fe is accommodating in the trunk and fairly practical. Thanks to the smartly-designed cabin, the trunk feels less cramped and places the Hyundai amongst the best in the competition. The most copious SUV is the Honda CR-V, followed by Santa Fe.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

7.0/10
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe wears sharp new sheet metal and a handsome interior that gets better in top trims - thecarconnection

For 2020, Hyundai have majorly redesigned the Hyundai Santa Fe. Driving over 17” wheels across all four sides, the SUV is sculpted aggressively more than before. Resting insignia upon the large chrome-accented front grille, the front fascia looks menacing with half-eyed front headlamps resembling a sleeping beast. The long wheelbase of the SUV allows it to stay more evident and present with its redesigned bulbous body.

Built at a height of 66”, along its side runs a deep window line given birth from the headlamps all the way to the rear taillamps. The roofline is square and carries all the way to the rear pillar, where protrudes a spoiler lip. Its fenders bulge giving a rather meaty look while the back feels broad. On the bottom right sits a lone rectangular-exhaust pipe below hard plastic design atop the rear bumper.

Model

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

Curb weight (lbs.)

3591

3274

3307

3541

Length(in)

187.8

183.1

180.6

179.1

Width(in)

74.4

72.6

73.0

72.5

Height(in)

66.1

66.3

66.1

66.2

Ground clearance (in)

7.6

7.5

7.8

7.5

Wheelbase (in)

108.9

109.8

104.7

106.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.3/64.7

62.2/62.2

62.9/63.5

62.8/62.8

Some features included on the exterior of the SUV are –

  • Roof-mounted Center High-Mount Stop Light
  • Automatic headlights
  • Bodycolor exterior mirrors
  • Chrome accent front grille
  • Bodycolor door handles
  • Front 2-speed/variable intermittent windshield wipers

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety

9.0/10

Fitted with an abundance of safety features, both on the active and passive safety front, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV manages to also score the highest rating of "Top Safety Pick+" in the IIHS tests. It has been rated Superior in Front Test Crash Prevention, along with good in every tests. The NHTSA also awarded it with a superior rating all across the board. Come the year 2020, the Hyundai Santa Fe gets the Smart Sense suite of safety tech as standard from now on.

The list of safety features includes with the SUV are-

  • Adjustable front-seat shoulder belt anchors
  • The anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Forward Collision Warning with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver inattention monitor
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Competition

7.0/10

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a laudable performer while delivering great fuel efficiency. It also comes with a host of safety features next to an abundant list of features and technology. Practicality is at its highest here. On the other hand, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe closely matches the CR-V but still falls short of its driving dynamics. We’d pick the Honda for its reliability and performance any day.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

Similar in character, the Mazda CX-5 is the class leader but the Hyundai Santa Fe does come up with a few magic tricks up its sleeve. Both these SUVs boast commendable interior equipment, a plethora of features, and safety tech and are similarly reasonably priced. However, the CX-5 is the segment leader for a reason; it has great driving dynamics with a great exterior silhouette and performance to back it up. We’d pick the CX-5 albeit it loses a few spaces in the trunk while gaining a bit in terms of frugality.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Final Verdict

If only the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe had a powertrain to match some of its highs, it could have been a great crossover to recommend. You’d not find the SUV to be much frugal, but then it has its $26,125 price tag to compensate for. Spacious and plush seating takes center stage especially with a comfortable ride and nimble handling performance along with quality material cabin. And did we say how feature-rich and safe the SUV is? So we come back to the initial statement; the Santa Fe is a good buy if you can overlook the engine under the hood. For its other caliber, in other words, the adventurous won’t particularly enjoy Santa Fe. So in that case, its pricey rivals are worth considering.


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe FAQs

What are the trims on offer with the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in over 3 trims, which are namely SE, SEL, and Limited. The prices for the same start from an MSRP of $26,125 for the base SE trim.

What takes care of the audio requirements in the Hyundai Santa Fe?

Audio requirements in the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe are taken care of by a premium 12-speaker audio sound system.

Is the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe a good car?

Yes, the minorly updated 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the best crossovers in the segment, now that it had got a major revision not long ago. It blends in all the essentials in one competent package. It is supremely comfortable, offers exciting driving dynamics, a feature-rich cabin, and a potent engine setup too.

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