The famous crossover has been one of the company’s best-selling models for years. Millions of Santa Fes has been sold for all those years of production. So far, we have seen four generations of it. The newest version is on the market for a couple of years and it has brought a lot of novelties. Besides numerous novelties in terms of design solutions and new technologies, there is also a new naming policy.
Although it may sound confusing at first, it is actually quite simple. Like in the previous model, there are versions with two and three rows in the offer. Two-row models that were used to be known as Santa Fe Sports are now simply called Santa Fe. On the other side, a long-wheelbase version with three rows of seating now gets an “XL” suffics. Among numerous improvements, a better Hyundai Santa Fe towing capacity is also something that should be highlighted.
Hyundai Santa Fe Redesign
A completely new, fourth generation of the popular crossover is new in many aspects. Of course, a new platform is the first thing that comes to our minds. Besides new chassis setup, a new architecture also brings some new engines, as well as ability to accommodate electric sources of power, which indicates a soon arrival of hybrid or even all-electric version. The new model is lighter, even though it gets bigger and more spacious, thanks to the use of lightweight materials.
Of course, the styling is another important aspect of this redesign and you can clearly see a huge departure from the previous-generation model. The first thing that you’ll notice is a completely new face. It completely follows the brand’s newest design language, which is characterized by a completely new approach to lighting groups. The new model goes completely opposite to the previous one. Headlights are not oversized anymore, but super-narrow this time. Besides new headlights, you can also count on a new grille design, with a new shape and completely different patter. The overall styling approach seems much sharper, which make the new Hyundai Santa Fe look more attractive to a wider range of customers, especially younger drivers. Of course, a rear end has been renewed as well and also comes with a sharper approach, despite the overall shape looks kinda familiar.
Hyundai Santa Fe Engines
Three engines are in the game with the new Santa Fe. The base engine is a familiar 2.4-liter atmospheric unit that delivers around 185 horsepower. It’s not very exciting to drive, but you can count on pretty solid mpg ratings that go around 22 in the city and 27 on the highway. A new 2.0-liter turbo inline-four is significantly better in terms of driving experience, which is no wonder at all, considering its 235 horses. Still, you can count on slightly lower fuel economy ratings, on something like 20 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.
The Hyundai Santa Fe XL comes with a familiar 3.3-liter V6. This one delivers significantly more power, around 295 horses, while the fuel economy goes around 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.
Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity
When it comes to towing capacity, the main factor is the engine you choose. If you choose a base 2.4- liter unit, count on 2000 pounds. On the other side, things are much better with the new turbo inline-four, which raises the poll to 3500 pounds. Finally, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL with the V6 engine can tow up to quite respectable 5000 pounds.
Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
According to the new designation, the Hyundai Santa Fe is now a five-seater. Therefore, it comes with two rows of seating that are quite comfortable and offer more legroom than most models in the class. On the other side, the XL comes with three rows and even the third one is surprisingly spacious. On the other side, cargo capacity is sacrificed, so you can count on only 13.5 cubic feet behind the third row. Still, things are better when these fold down, so you can count on 40 cubic feet. The overall capacity goes up to 80. When it comes to the base two-row version, you can count on 36 cubic feet behind the second row and 71 of overall capacity. Both models are below-average for the class in this aspect.
On the other side, the interior quality is pretty good. The new Hyundai Santa Fe comes with an attractive dashboard layout, which is full of soft-touch surfaces, which makes this crossover pretty close to the premium segment. The list of standard features is pretty impressive too, especially in terms of tech features. Although the base model doesn’t feature a touchscreen, the infotainment system works very well and comes with a navigation system too. Higher trims definitely add a touchscreen, along with plenty of other things.
Hyundai Santa Fe Release Pricing
The base two-row Santa Fe is available at 25.500 dollars. Versions with a turbo inline-four engine are available somewhere at 32.000 dollars. On the other side, the base three-row version starts at 31.000 dollars.