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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T AWD Review – A Perfectly Cromulent Crossover

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe front quarter

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T AWD turbocharged I4 (235 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 260 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm)

Eight-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

19 metropolis / 24 freeway / 21 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

12.three metropolis / 9.eight freeway / eleven.2 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

22.9 (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $39,780 US / $forty five,002 CAD

As Examined: $39,905 / $forty five,232 CAD

Costs embrace $980 vacation spot cost in the USA and $2,032 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.

Ah, the mainstream compact crossover. Shortly overtaking the normal midsize sedan as the brand new household vehicle of selection, each producer has to have a number of with which to fill the lot. The method is straightforward — often two rows with 5 seats, a fairly highly effective 4-cylinder, benign dealing with, and hanging-however-immediately-forgettable styling. No have to trawl producer web sites or vendor tons, both. 5 minutes of looking for an open area on the grocery on a busy Saturday will help you intently examine each potential contender on this scorching class.

Hyundai’s been enjoying on this market with a pair of comparable fashions for a number of years — the Santa Fe with three rows, and the shorter Santa Fe Sport, with two rows. Not (or shorter). The previous embiggened three-row troopers on because the Santa Fe XL, whereas the 2-row mannequin is now merely this 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Now that we’ve sorted the names, does this Santa Fe fulfill?

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe profile

Bossman Tim took a take a look at this redesigned Santa Fe final summer time, however I needed extra time with this household vehicle to correctly test it with a household.

I’m digging the styling of the brand new Santa Fe. Definitely, Hyundai isn’t the primary to make use of the “squinty eyes” look of the shallow higher headlamps, however right here it’s completed properly. I notably just like the horizontal line that leads from the rear of these headlamps, persevering with to the taillamps. The deep crease under that line is unusually hanging for a mainstream crossover.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe front

As you’ll be able to see by my frustratingly snow-crammed photos, I acquired the prospect to test the all-wheel traction of the Santa Fe. Even shod with all-season tires moderately than snows, the crossover dealt with the climate with out drama.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe rear

Certainly, driving the Santa Fe was an unremarkable expertise. On dry, moist, or frozen roads alike, street and wind noise have been minimal. Oddly, nevertheless, the engine noise from the turbo does get a bit coarse underneath acceleration — it sounds a bit lumpy, like an previous GM 3100 V6. In regular-state cruising, it’s principally silent. Dealing with was benign, aside from the occasional uninteresting thump from Ohio’s marvelous potholes being amplified by the low-profile tires on the 19-inch alloy wheels.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe front seats

Inside consolation was fairly good, with loads of second row area for the pair of youngsters and a good friend. Legroom was such that I by no means felt tiny knees in my again. Heated and cooled entrance seats paired with heated rear seats ensured a minimal of complaints on chilly mornings.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

I really like that the interior is trimmed in one thing aside from the standard black or tan leathers one sometimes finds. Hyundai calls this shade “Espresso,” although I can affirm that the colour precisely matches a spilled double-double from Tim Hortons.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe rear seats

I did have one infuriating expertise with the Santa Fe. Notice this photo (taken and cropped from Hyundai’s media website as a result of my digital camera hated me) of the window and mirror controls on the driving force’s door. Seems to be regular, proper? Look extra intently on the backside button, which in most automobiles prompts a window lock.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Window and Door Controls

There’s one other pictogram on that button subsequent to the window lock. It seems like a toddler, proper? It doesn’t simply lock the home windows; it prompts the kid locks. And it’s all too straightforward to inadvertently bump. Most youngster lock mechanisms are typically on the door, hidden whereas closed. Not right here.

Let me paint the state of affairs: a household grocery run. Eldest daughter was ending a dialog together with her boyfriend, so she stayed within the car for a minute whereas the remainder of us trekked inside, aspiring to lock the car on her approach in.

However she was trapped by the kid lock. She referred to as me to return rescue her.

In fact, as a dad of women, I’m hoping this was sufficient of a traumatic expertise that she stops speaking to boys for a number of years, although I doubt it.

It’s an annoyance, not a deal breaker. I’m positive that with time, I’d study to keep away from the button. Hyundai tells me that the change to an digital lock is a part of their Protected Exit system, which employs blind spot monitoring to make sure a child doesn’t open a door into visitors — which is sensible. This video explains it extra, although I’m baffled that they needed to make a brief movie particularly for me, what with the blonde teenage soccer participant within the rear lining up neatly with my above state of affairs. They didn’t get an obese bearded dad for the driving force within the vid, nevertheless.

The price is a attain for me. Whereas the brand new Santa Fe is a wonderfully succesful household-sized crossover, I’m struggling to picture spending almost forty thousand dollars on it. The Ultimate trim is certainly plush, and the turbo 4-cylinder is simply obtainable on this Ultimate package deal and the Restricted, for about $2,900 much less. I’m positive the two.four liter non-turbo in lesser fashions is suitable, however two tons is a lot to haul. I’d be happiest have been Hyundai to supply a scorching-rod trim, one thing just like the SEL however with the turbo. Give me energy to the tires, material seats, and lose the panoramic sunroof, and I’d be a cheerful man.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t a nasty car, by any means. It’s fairly quiet, drives properly on the freeway, and has loads of room for households and their stuff. Hyundai’s reliability is on par with most different producers, and with the ten-yr, 100k warranty, I’d haven’t any worries about dwelling with the Santa Fe for a decade or extra. I simply doubt that this Ultimate trim is the last word worth.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn; window switch photo (cropped) courtesy Hyundai.]

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