2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Feast Your Eyes On 122 Photos

Following a preview earlier this month, Hyundai has unveiled the 2019 Santa Fe in South Korea.

The introduction of the new model brings a few changes to the nomenclature as the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year.  Hyundai also confirmed that an all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name.

Looking significantly more upscale than its predecessor, the redesigned model has a bold design which mimics the Kona. The front of the crossover is dominated by a large “cascading” grille which is flanked by LED lights units. Moving further back, there’s gently flowing surfaces, metallic accents and plastic body cladding.

Overall, the Santa Fe measures 4,770mm (187.7 inches) long, 1,890mm (74.4 inches) wide and 1,680mm (66.1 inches) tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,765mm (108.8 inches). This means the model is 70mm (2.7 inches) longer and 10mm (0.3 inches) wider while the wheelbase has grown by 65mm (2.5 inches).

Thanks to the increased dimensions, the crossover can hold up to 36.6 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row seats and 11.6 cubic feet behind the third row seats. When all the seats are folded flat, the Santa Fe carry up to 71.3 cubic feet of luggage.

Sticking with the interior, the cabin is all-new and can be equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a head-up display and a power liftgate. Drivers will also find a high-tech infotainment system with voice recognition technology and Apple Car Play compatibility.

An assortment of driver assistance systems will be available and these include frontal collision avoidance, lane departure assistance and smart cruise control with a stop and go function. Other features include highway driving assistance and a rear collision warning system.

In South Korea, the Santa Fe will be offered with three different engines. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 235 PS (172 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. The 2.0-liter diesel develops 186 PS (136 kW) and 402 Nm (296 lb-ft) of torque, while the larger 2.2-liter unit churns out 202 PS (148 kW) and 441 Nm (325 lb-ft).

All of the engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an all-wheel drive system.

The Santa Fe is priced from 28.15 million won ($26,179) and Hyundai says it has already received 14,243 orders for the new model.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    If anyone’s interested the outgoing Santa Fe is 193.1 inches long. For comparison, the current gen Santa Fe Sport is only 2 inches shorter than the new Santa Fe.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Wonderful evolution with crisp and modern front end. Look out Tiguan and RAV4 the Santa Fe is about to steal your sales.

    • Zandit75

      It doesn’t compete against those two models. The Santa Fe is bigger.

      • Sébastien

        You’re confusing it with the Tucson

  • Zandit75

    Looks great, and shows just how bad the Kona looks. Too much black plastic on the Kona.
    Not sure about the chrome/matt silver highlight across the front of the car. I think that should have been body coloured.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      It is all French design, much like KIA is going all German. Makes sense as KIA is the arm of Hyundai/KIA that is sporty while Hyundai is about lux/style.
      That said, I don’t think America is ready for French design. At least it needs to be toned down a bit. The split/flipped headlights/fog lights did not work well for FCA, not sure why Hyundai would rock it; the French have been doing it for years.
      All told, nice deign, will steal sales for sure, especially since the price point is more agreeable.

  • willhaven

    Looks great. Well done Hyundai.

  • ediotsavant

    Looks good! But that third row looks cramp.

    • You white, you ain’t right

      That’s only for the EU and south korea markets.

  • Hoe

    Overall, ok, but with some weird points: the c pillar and side window are similar to some Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ford. The side view makes it look fat, heavy.

  • Toronado_II

    Hyundai don’t have anything else against the Edge and the Murano anymore.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks okay. Pictures 14 out of 44 looks nice. There’s just too many design themes going on in one design. I like the front end and it looks a lot better in the live pictures then in the press release photos.

  • TrevP

    Looks good

  • Alter Ego


  • Harry_Wild

    Need a more performance engine option for the U.S. market and maybe a performance model to go against the Ford Edge ST too.

    • Rj Mansfield

      They’re bringing the Tuscon N here shortly 🙂

      • Harry_Wild

        Tuscon ->N? I have to see what that is about?

    • You white, you ain’t right

      The reason why the HP went down because of EPA.

  • d’Aforde

    Hyundai makes the skinny headlights work. The front kinda looks like a Jaguar F-Pace.

  • john1168

    It looks great! It also looks different and I like that. The interior looks nice as well but I’m not crazy about the giant speedometer in the middle of the IP. However it might look like an LCD display so maybe it’s configurable?

  • Bo Hanan

    Everytime they redesign one of their cars-trucks they move that much farther away from the stigma of owning a Hyundai. This is a very nice truck.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not much of a feast, if I’m honest.

  • Navy Motorsport✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Mediocre design.

  • Six_Tymes

    It looks good. Some small details are Peugeot inspired design, but i like a lot.

  • PeterMcPumpkinPhD (Harvard)

    Om nom nom nom burp

  • Zaptor99

    I wonder if the recessed headlights cause any issues with other cars (incoming or sideways) or pedestrains in terms of visibility at certain angles/directions.

  • PK

    Not bad Hyundai. Love the new look!

  • UZ

    I guess I’m going to be the odd one out here, but that’s okay – tastes differ. To me, they’ve managed to combine all the ugly design elements of other manufacturers in this one design: The front grille reminds of a Lexus, the “pulled” rear lights remind of a Ford / Peugeot, the “fog lights” remind of oversized spotlights on the Citroën Cactus / VW T-Roc, The on dash display is typical new gen Ford, etc. I’m just not a fan.

    • Karl

      Bravo indeed! This redesign is pathetic at best,nothing special here..

    • You white, you ain’t right

      Wtf are you talking about? The front grille doesn’t look like a lexus. Get your eyes checked first.

      • UZ

        As a designer I can tell you there’s nothing wrong with my eyes. If you compare the shape of the grille with that of the Lexus you’ll see it’s the same shape, albeit less pronounced. Other element shapes copied and not even mentioned is the interior dash and air vents looking like Peugeot. Not impressed at all.

        • You white, you ain’t right

          LOL dude, you’re just proving more that you’re just full of shit. The lexus grille is cover the whole front end of the vehicle. LOL this is why you need to go to the doctor and get your eyes check. LOL you calling yourself a designer.

          • UZ

            Actually, read my comment again. No one is talking SIZE here, we’re talking SHAPE. The concave outer edges. Get it?

          • You white, you ain’t right

            Like i said, you’re full of shit and you don’t even know what you’re talking about. You should go get your eyes checked before your boss starts to fire you.

          • UZ

            Strange how you seem to be the one telling everyone to get their eyes checked. So many people here stating their opinion, they’re all wrong, you are right. Hmmm, yes, that seems correct.

            PS: I don’t work for a boss.

          • You white, you ain’t right

            No i’m not saying that, but your opinion i way off and it’s not as correct as the other say. So you’re unemployed?

          • UZ
          • You white, you ain’t right

            Get your eyes fixed kid. Their grill doesn’t resemble the same. LMAO you really just show how much of a blind idiot you are. LMAO

          • UZ

            Some see it, some don’t. Some call those who see it blind. Ironic. Some call thise who see it idiots. Immature.

          • You white, you ain’t right

            Yes, you are an idiot. Now go to the eye doctor to check your eyes.

          • UZ

            You’re getting a bit boring now:
            To foxter: “You need to get your eyes check before you start judging on the car.”
            To UZ: “Now go to the eye doctor to check your eyes.”
            To Crash: “check your eyes”
            It would appear anyone not agreeing with you needs their eyes fixed. I’m not even going to mention the other derogatory comments. Maybe your mom should remind you again how to stay polite in a conversation, and argue the point, not the people.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Wow, this is very beautiful and modern. Kudos to Hyundai designers!


    Bolder but feels not so luxury inside

    • You white, you ain’t right

      It’s called making it look premium not luxury.

    • PK

      hyundai already have the luxury brand “genesis”. why would hyundai want to make luxury inside for the premium suv? it’s not meant to look fancy and stuff in the interior.

  • The front of the car looks like a head of a praying mantis!

    • You white, you ain’t right

      check your eyes

  • SteersUright

    Engine choices seem to suck for those fond of power or tech innovation, certainly nothing invigorating there. The infotainment screen couldn’t be uglier in its integration in the overall dash, also look dated due to its small (for 2018) size. Those nitpicks aside, its definitely a handsome design and looks to be an overall winner.

  • You white, you ain’t right

    The all new Santa Fe and Lexus RX

  • canucks4life

    Thank god they went back to 60/40 rear split have had nothing but problems with my 2015 rear seats.

  • You white, you ain’t right

    It’s going to be rename as the Santa Fe XL. So they are continuing with it.

  • You white, you ain’t right

    The front end of the SF is good. You need to get your eyes check before you start judging on the car.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Nice, very nice! I like the exterior and the inside looks very well done.

  • Rocket

    22 cu ft of cargo capacity in the 2-row version? That can’t be right. The current Santa Fe Sport offers more than 35 cu ft, and the smaller Tucson checks in at 31.

  • Vassilis

    At first glance I thought it was a Peugeot.

  • Deckard_Cain

    Damn, it looks gorgeous!

  • T2X

    Thank you Hyundai! Thank you to bring this ugly car as a next generation, so I don’t need to wait longer and can buy the curent one for less 😉
    Sorry, but I don’t like the new Headlamp, the same with the Interior Display. It have a to fat border, why not a bigger screen?

    • You white, you ain’t right

      Gosh, you americans are so stupid these days.

      • T2X

        lol, thanks 😉 I’m asians and live in Switzerland.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    I like the old one better, this reminds me of the ugly current gen Ford Kuga

  • wait a minute

    Peugeot 3008/5008 and this 2019 SantaFe are both class winners IMO for design/style (under $30K).

  • BlackPegasus

    The hazard button sitting in the middle of the dash is off putting for me.

  • Harry_Wild

    The Santa Fe XL will stay the same as the Santa Fe in looks? No chances in body or interior dash or center console?

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    It looks more premium than the bmw x2

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