The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has been revealed and detailed, with features that should put it on the shopping list for anyone looking for a new medium SUV in 2018 or 2019.
The redesigned exterior is much more stylish and modern than before, with a two-tiered headlight arrangement similar to the Hyundai Kona. The modernised exterior features sharp lines and futuristic LED rear lights. It maintains relatively compact dimensions for the class, with length at 4770mm, width of 1890mm, 1680mm of height and a 2765mm wheelbase. Despite this, it still manages 22mm more headroom in the third row, 38mm more legroom in the second row and a 18mm higher seatbase. A easier-to-use fold forward mechanism allows easier access to the rearmost row than ever before.
The new Santa Fe utilises Hyundai’s SafetySense suite of driver assistance technologies, including cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor, autonomous city braking and safety exit assist, which locks the door if there is a danger of an oncoming car while exiting the vehicle.
The 2.2-litre R-series turbo-diesel soldiers on, with 144kW of power and 436Nm of torque. It is more refined at start-up and is fed through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Santa Fe also debuts a new all-wheel drive system dubbed HTRAC, which has different driving modes and utilises variable torque control.
Inside, the cabin is much fresher, including a touchscreen which incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satelite navigation with 3D maps and wireless phone charging. A TFT instrument cluster display and HUD are also available.
Final specifications for the Australian market will be revealed closer to the car’s launch in July.