2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Is One Of The Most Practical SUVs In Its Class

Hyundai’s latest Santa Fe wants to establish itself as a top-tier player in the seven-seat SUV segment, but does it deliver?

Unlike many of its rivals, the Santa Fe doesn’t try to mask its SUV identity with over-the-top curvy lines and car-like proportions. It looks sharp and more premium than before, and the borrowed styling cues from the smaller Kona seem to work much better.

While the interior quality won’t be mistaken for a premium product, it’s still very good, featuring excellent fit and simple and friendly-to-use controls. Room for passengers is simply cavernous, with the third row being able to host adults much better than some of its rivals.

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Hyundai has been quite generous with the kit as well, offering everything from parking sensors to adaptive cruise control as standard from the base trim level.

UK customers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive, as well as between a manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission. However there’s only one engine option in the form of the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel with 197hp (200PS) and 324lb-ft (440Nm) of torque.

Go for the all-wheel drive version and you’ll get Hyundai’s HTRAC system which features three modes (Sport, Comfort and Eco) that shift torque distribution between the axles depending on conditions. There’s even a 4WD Lock mode, which will come in handy if you ever decide to take the large SUV for some off-roading.

Carwow delivers its verdict on the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe in the video that follows.



  • charlotteharry57

    If it wasn’t for the small side windows, which would cause a certain family member to protest loudly (Hyundai, alright, get over the lack of glass, sheesh), it’d be at or near the top of my CUV list.

    • bd0007

      Much better than the previous gen (in particular, the rear window panel) which had the sharply rising window-line.

      The amount of glass is very similar to something like the CR-V and way better than the Lexus RX, Murano, etc.

  • Aqua Boogie

    One step away from beating Honda and Toyota. A petrol or hybrid powertrain will be the finishing touch. Design is already so much better.

    • bd0007

      New powertrains are coming (likely for the refresh), but it’ll be the next gen Santa Fe that will be the real difference maker as it will not only get Hyundai’s Smart Stream powertrains, but the new N3 platform (which is already underpinning the new Sonata).

      • Aqua Boogie

        N3, sounds good. Getting the drive feel of a mid range Mercedes or BMW, Japanese build quality, European design and interior ergonomics, galactic warranty. I’ll put my money where my mouth is.

        • bd0007

          Better yet, the Genesis GV80 or GV70 crossovers.

          RWD and interiors look to match the Germans (at a lower price-point).

          The Lincoln Aviator also looks good.

    • ThatGuy

      Im not the biggest Hyundai fan, but in my opinion i think they passed Toyota and Honda a while back. And i see them more hot on the heels of VW, having passed Ford, Peugeot and Renault long ago. They started, and in the future might surpass VW interiors.

      Exterior wise i think they make good looking cars already. And no not Generic, thats is a term jurno’s use cause they dont wanna accept the fact that Hyundai makes unique styled cars, but somehow never say the VW and Audi are generic, and they are, except save a few Jurno’s that call it out.

      I dont think they will pass VW, but if Hyundai keep on this trajectory it will be inevitable that they will surpass them.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    For me the Hyundai and Kia interiors are too anodyne to have a “want” factor.
    They are certainly on an upward trajectory, with respect to the overall product.


      That’s your opinion dude, but okay. LOL

    • bd0007

      Yeah, b/c something like the RAV-4, Highlander, CR-V, Pilot, Rogue, Pathfinder, Murano, etc. interiors reek of the “want” factor. lol

      Now, Mazda – I can see (but the interiors of the Telluride and Palisade are about on par w/ that of the CX-9 minus real wood trim).

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Well…it’s not a race to the bottom I’m wanting. If you want a USP, that could be it in the class.

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