2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Surfaces In Korea With Kona Looks (Updated)

Hyundai’s South Korean arm has released the first official images and details of the new generation Santa Fe.

Coming with a styling inspired by some of the brand’s latest vehicles, including the Kona and Nexo, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe features a bold front end with a large grille flanked by the slim headlights.

The interior of the SUV looks entirely new as well, compared to the current generation. It gets an entirely new dashboard with a redesigned center console and a floating-style infotainment system, with Hyundai making claims of “premium quality” and “class leading roominess”.

Part of the instrument cluster appears to be digital, although we cannot tell for sure from the image, but looking at some of the equipment reveals the dual-tone leather trim, multi-function steering wheel, rear air vents, electric mirrors, and dual-zone climate control.

Hyundai says the 2019 Santa Fe features smartphone connectivity, smartphone wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, and voice recognition that can be activated using the special button placed on the steering wheel.

Moreover, the brand’s rival against the likes of the Nissan X-Trail/Rogue also benefits from a host of driver assistance systems such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane departure assistance, driver warning, frontal collision avoidance, and others.

The fourth-generation of the Santa Fe is 4,770mm (187.8 in.) long, with a width of 1,890mm (74.4 in.) which represents an increase of around 70mm and 10mm respectively, and a longer wheelbase, though, Hyundai doesn’t disclose how much.

In South Korea, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will be available with three different engines: the 2.0-liter gasoline, and 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter diesels, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

It’s unknown yet whether other transmissions and engines will become available in the future, but the automaker says the SUV “is the first Hyundai to be equipped with an electronic four-wheel drive system (HTRAC] that actively controls the driving force according to the drive mode”.

Pricing will start from 28.9 million yuan, which is equivalent to $26,512 at the current exchange rates, whereas the range-topping model will set its future buyers back from 36.8 million yuan ($33,760). By comparison, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe can be had from $29,350 in the United States.

The European version of the SUV will have its world premiere in a month from now, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Post has been updated with new information and high-resolution images

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  • AxlRock

    Not flawless, but looks pretty good. If the driving dynamics are as sharp as it looks, it’s going to be a winner!

    • willhaven

      They drive like soggy wet bread.

      • Jason Miller

        That’s funny. I didn’t know they were available for you to drive and give your opinion on yet.

        • danno

          Hyundai haters gonna hate, what to do?

        • willhaven

          Yup – same chassis just a bit longer. Won’t drive that much differently.

          • alexxx

            Thanks on the info,Nostradamus!

          • willhaven

            That’s what I’m here for.

          • Vanquish

            lol this is why Car blog trolls are so worthless, they dont know anything about cars, the 320i and the M3 are on the same chassis they drive completely different, a cars dynamics are FAR more than the chassis it sits on. The chassis isnt the suspension, steering, engine, tuning, electronics,, tires, wheels or any of that. What an idiot lol

          • willhaven

            Doesn’t change the fact that a shitty chassis affects the driving dynamics. How could you say otherwise?

        • SteersUright

          He’s right though, up until now most Hyundai’s are very soft and dynamically challenged. Soft itself, isnt bad, if the ride is composed. That said, I think Hyundai continues to be on an amazing roll with better and better cars!

      • kalins1

        We actually own a ’15 Santa Fe Sport Ultimate Turbo. As someone who used to autocross with great regularity (Impreza RSs and WRXs), I don’t find the handling to be bad. It isn’t a sportscar and it is quite honestly much tighter and responsive than most other SUVs I have driven. If I want sports car handling, I’ll drive my modded Mustang.

        • AnaIvanovic

          I don’t think “sports car handling” and “Mustang” belong in the same sentence. Maybe you meant “Cayman”, “MX5” or something that actually handles as agile as a real sports car would.

          • kalins1

            Ha ha! That’s the truth. I had to spend a lot of time and money on duplicating the SCCA setup on my Fox Body Mustang to make it handle. Still a live rear axle, but you’d be surprised at what you can do to it. Plus, it’s less than 3,000 lbs. LOL

          • Ronan_The_Accuser

            Camaro ZL1 LE. Take that hater!

          • AnaIvanovic

            Shut up fattie. Trim the fats instead of chugging more gasoline. Less is more.

  • sean tooher

    another Citroen front end …. might as well just copy/paste and sack the designers ….

    • Knotmyrealname

      Well, it also belongs to the Jeep Cherokee I guess.

      • HUBEMX

        Citroen was the first

        • Knotmyrealname

          That wasn’t my point… Anyway, I think they almost came out at a very similar time.

    • Ben

      You’re right, Citroen should sack their designers and hire Hyundai’s designers.

      • Knotmyrealname

        That’s called replacing the hand that feeds you with a hand programmed by the hand that previously fed you, except, now the programmer has gone, the new hand has no more input.

  • WG

    This new Santa Fe looks great! Good job to Hyundai for upping its interior quality and taking a bold approach at the exterior design – I do not see any Audi influence.

  • Wis

    Interior looks like a decent update, the exterior not so much.

  • donald seymour

    I absolutely love it. It executes the rendering as best as it could.

  • Harry_Wild

    No other official pictures then the silhouette!

  • Toronado_II

    Better than the Ford Edge. But I’m not a big fan of that front end… And the screen is well integrated on the current model. So why it look like an afterthought now ?

    • Nordschleife

      Because it’s following the trend of most cars with floating screens. It’s just staying competitive styling wise.

  • Yanis Benchara

    i prefer the kia SORENTO 100 times than this toy , looks like immature

    • no25

      1). not the same size as the Sportage. 2). “like immature” what the heck are you even saying? 3). how is this a “toy”

      • Vanquish


      • Yanis Benchara

        SORENTO sorry

  • Nordschleife

    I would have preferred the headlights look exactly as the render as the render are far less fussy looking. With that being said I think the render translated nicely into the production vehicle.

    • no25

      the render is a “drawing” obviously it’ll look better than the production model…

      • Nordschleife

        Yeah I am aware of that. Just like the rims are the same in the production model as they are the rendering I would have preferred them to make a version of those headlights like in the render.

  • no25

    Looks good! Personally, I don’t think the interior is that much better than the current one, but still nice.

  • Galaxium

    Exterior is an improvement over the current one. Interior looks premium but it reminds me too much of a Fiat Multipla exterior with the multiple bulbous levels.

    • Sébastien

      Agree, it’s like a Lexus Multipla 😀

  • mccarluvr123

    This isn’t Hyundai’s competitor to the X-Trail/Rogue. That would be the Tuscon. This is a midsize crossover and thus competes against the likes of Murano, Edge, Outback, Sorento, and Grand Cherokee.

    • Jay Brown

      Kia and Hyundai don’t compete with each other. They have almost the same thing in their cars.

      • pjl35

        Which is exactly why they compete with each other…people cross-shop between Hyundai and Kia all the time, what are you talking about?

        • Jay Brown

          Dude, they are the same thing. How do they compete with each other when they almost have the same features in their cars. Americans will say that they both compete with each other, but in reality their not really rivals.

          • pjl35

            Dude, Hyundai only owns 33% of Kia…so Kia doesn’t hand over all of the profits to Hyundai. One customer looking to buy something still only results in one sale at the end of the day, not two. Someone looks at a Sorento and Santa Fe, and only buys the Sorento. Cash to Kia, not necessarily Hyundai. Same is true if they buy a Santa Fe, cash to Hyundai not necessarily Kia and the sales numbers of the respective vehicles reflect that.

          • pjl35

            If everyone loves the Kia version and it sells…but the Hyundai version doesn’t, do you really think they would continue to produce both? No, of course not. Both have to stand on their own to be successful. In other words, they still compete with each other for market share.

  • ME

    Buick meets Mazda?


  • MultiKdizzle

    Sharp, although the Hyundai grille is still an amorphous blob that lacks character.

    Looks like the Jeep Cherokee will go down as a trend-setter.


    interior is surprisingly decent

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, I’ve seen a lot of CUVs, recently and this is one of them.

  • john1168

    Looks good. I like the interior too. The interior almost looks like it’s out of a Mazda and that’s a good thing. I HATE giant center speedometers with smaller tachometers off the side on the IP. I’ve been criticizing Ford for a while with their setup but this Hyundai version does look nicer and I could live with it. And if the center part is indeed LCD and configurable, that’s ok. Nice job Hyundai.

    • pjl35

      Why? What do you really need a tach for in this kind of vehicle? It’s next to useless.

  • pjl35

    In what world does this compete against the Rogue??

  • Althea Later

    Very nice interior. Seat cushions look nice and long. And a lock on the glove compartment!

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