The new 2019 Santa Fe is the fourth generation of the Korean automakers excellent SUV and arrives with a new look, more technology and a plethora of innovative safety features It is also lighter with more aluminum and high-strength steel in the body structure and suspension. Prices start at $28,999, for the Essential trim level with front-wheel drive and a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder, 185-horsepower engine. There are actually two engine options in the range, the 2.4-litre unit, and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 hp and 260 lb.-ft. torque. There is also a new eight speed transmission. There are four trim levels to choose from: Essential, Preferred ($35,099), Luxury ($41,899) and the fully loaded Ultimate as
The new Hyundai Santa Fe features nine advanced safety features in the Luxury and Ultimate trims. As well as Forward collision-avoidance assist, there is also 360-degree surround view camera, and a rear parking warning, rear-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring, Hyundai adds pedestrian detection, and a “safe-exit assist” that blocks the back door if bikes or autos are sensed coming. Meanwhile, the rear-occupant alert system warns a driver if there’s movement inside the rear of the vehicle when exiting so as not to forget an infant or a pet! If movement is sensed in the back seat, the lights flash, the will activate and your cell phone can be notified via Hyundai’s BlueLink app over a certain time interval.
The Santa Fe interior is marked by plenty of room both front and rear with good sight lines all around. The cockpit and dash features a neat layout and logical, ergonomics. The rear compartment is also roomy with a seat that splits 60/40 and folds completely flat. The rear seat also moves fore-and-aft if needed. There is also a hidden under floor cargo area as well for valuables. The Ultimate also offers a power tailgate that can be opened by simply standing close to the tailgate for around three seconds.
The Hyundai offers a decent turn of speed and confident handling for everyday family use. Fuel consumption is rated at: l/100 km: 2.0 litre Turbo 4WD — 12.3 / 9.8. Regular fuel. Not a lot to complain about with the Santa Fe, but rather lot to celebrate. For families who value space, versatility and bang for the buck.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Priced from $28,999 – $44,999
Ultimate model as tested -$44,999
More info: Hyundai.ca