A completely new, fourth generation of the popular crossover has been redesigned recently. It came with plenty of novelties, so we usually wouldn’t expect to see too many changes for the second production year. However, the Korean manufacturer has different plans with one of its most popular models. It looks like we are about the see a new, performance version of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, according to the latest reports. Of course, it will carry a familiar “N” badge, the same one that characterizes all performance-oriented models from this brand. This version will come with lots of unique details, starting from a more powerful engine, upgraded suspension and lots of exclusive visual details. On the other side, base models should continue in the same way, without more important changes.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe N
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe N will be by far the biggest novelty for the next year, according to the latest reports. As you probably know, the Korean carmaker recently established a new, “N” line, reserved for performance cars. So far, we have seen a couple of these performance-oriented models, such as i30 N and Veloster N. This crossover should be the next one. We count on lots of modifications compared to base models. First of all, we are pretty sure that this version will be reserved for a smaller, two-row version. First of all, we count on a new engine. It will probably be some tuned turbo-four version of the company’s familiar engines. Other than the engine, we expect to see an upgraded suspension and brakes, as well as lots of new styling details, both outside and inside the crossover.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Redesign
Rest of the lineup should remain the same. The recent redesign has brought a new look, and 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe should carry on with it. It features the company’s newest design language and you can easily notice new, sharp headlights, massive grille with a massive pattern etc. Also, we saw changes in terms of naming. Once known as the Santa Fe XL, the three-row version is now simply called Santa Fe. On the other side, two-row models are called Santa Fe Sport. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe will represent the second production year, so the best we could get is a couple of new exterior colors and similar things.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
As we already mentioned, there are two interior layouts, with either two or three rows of seating. Two models feature different dimensions, so count on different cargo volumes and similar things. In both cases, the first two rows are quite spacious and comfortable. On the other side, the third row is typical for a mid-size crossover. So, adult passengers definitely won’t feel too comfortable in this row. In terms of the cargo space, the two-row model obviously beats the bigger model when it comes to the space behind the last row. On the other side, the overall cargo space is definitely on the side of the three-row model, which offers 80 cubic feet of total space.
The overall interior quality is on a pretty high level as well and we definitely don’t see too many potentials for further upgrades, until a complete redesign.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Features
When it comes to standard features, even base models are equipped pretty well. This especially refers to safety systems. You can find things like standard equipment includes forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assisting, rearview camera and much more. Higher trims are also equipped with things like parking distance warning, a rear occupant alert, head-up display etc.
In terms of tech goodies, the only complaint would be a central screen in a base model, which is a little bit small and not touch-sensitive. Still, physical knobs are very easy to use and the whole system operates pretty well.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines
The engine choice depends on the version you choose. Smaller, two-row models are available with two four-cylinder units. Base models come with a 2.4-liter engine that delivers around 185 horsepower. It may not be able to provide some dynamic ride quality, but you can count on amazing fuel economy, which goes around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
An optional turbo inline-four seems like a great choice for those who want sportier performances. It is a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers around 235 horses. With this one, fuel economy goes around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
On the other side, three-row models feature a potent 3.3-liter V6. It delivers around 290 horsepower. Fuel economy goes around 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to the transmission, four-cylinder units are coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission, while three-row models feature six gears.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Price
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe should arrive late in the year. The price probably won’t change, so base models should go around 25.500 dollars.