Power Panoramic Sunroof, Hands-Free Smart Liftgate, 7˝color LCD Multi-Information Display, Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay, Dual Automatic Temperature Control with CleanAir Ionizer, 8-Way Power Driver Seat plus 4-Way Power Lumbar Support and Cushion Extension, 8-Way Power Front Passenger Seat, Leather Seating, Heated and Ventilated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass and HomeLink, Reclining 60/40 Split Second Row Fold-Flat Seats and Center Armrest with Cupholders, Rear Side Window Sunshades, Infinity Premium Audio System, Bluetooth, Dual Front and Dual Rear USB Outlets, Front and Cargo-Area 12-Volt Power Outlets, Rear Occupant Alert, Underfloor Cargo-Area Storage Compartment, 235 hp 2.0L Turbocharged GDI 4-Cylinder Engine with Idle Stop & Go, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC, Drive Mode Select, HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive, Balance of Factory Warranty and Only 28,560 km
When you offer a vehicle in one of the most popular automotive segments in Canada, you’d better have a lot to offer. Hyundai’s offering in the midsize SUV segment, the Santa Fe, has been redesigned from the ground up for 2019. As is the norm with any generational redesign, the Santa Fe has grown in size, it has been made more efficient, it has gained a plethora of safety tech — and it has a lot to offer.
The new five-passenger Santa Fe, formerly known as the Santa Fe Sport, is built on Hyundai’s SuperStructure chassis. It utilizes 14 per cent more high-strength steel than the current chassis and has more reinforcements.
The larger exterior dimensions have added more interior space, which now boasts 1,016 litres of cargo capacity in the luggage compartment, and 2,019 litres with the rear seats folded down. This is on par with its competitors, bettering some while marginally less than others. Hyundai has made the best of the available space, however, and the centre armrest console contains a cavernous storage compartment that easily swallows two full-sized cameras with room to spare, and in the cargo hold is a rather spacious under-floor storage compartment, and a second one that contains a mechanical jack — a spare is hidden beneath the vehicle.
Gone are the days when humdrum styling was the norm for SUVs, and the Santa Fe has a refreshingly sleek silhouette. It also has about the biggest panoramic roof I’ve ever seen.
The sophisticated AWD system is linked to the three drive modes — Smart, Comfort and Sport. Front-to-rear torque bias varies depending on the drive mode, going from a fuel-saving 100-per cent forward bias in Smart mode, to a 50:50 bias in Sport. The 2.0L turbocharged engine is smooth and quiet.
“…this is a solid-feeling crossover, mature, richly finished, and blanketed in interesting features that’ll make your like – your real life – easier.” – Motor Trend
Hyundai has done an excellent job on the new Santa Fe, which is high in comfort, refined in ride, and rich in features. If you’re thinking of stepping out of a full-sized sedan and into your first SUV, the Santa Fe will make the transition effortless enough to make you wonder why you hadn’t made the move sooner.
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