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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

While the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport’s interior might not be as opulent as some in the class, they’ve definitely improved with each succeeding generation, and they’ve improved without losing ease of use or intuitiveness. But they’re not perfect: Interior space lags the class, both in terms of third-row comfort and cargo room.

With the addition of available advanced safety technology, the safety ratings of all Santa Fe models should improve to the class’ top tier. For the first time, the crossovers are available with emergency autonomous braking with pedestrian protection. Unfortunately, those features are only available in top-tier models. In the Honda Pilot, you can get advanced safety technology in most of the lineup.

  • "Inside, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is an impressive piece of work. Its combination of top-notch materials, an attractive design and the functional, intuitive layout of controls -- both physical buttons on the dash and virtual versions on the touchscreens -- make it one of the most comfortable and easy to live with models in the crossover segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossover SUV proves that you don't have to sacrifice user friendliness to have a contemporary interior design. All the controls inside are easy to reach and understand, and everything is constructed with care and high-quality materials." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Interior room and comfort are excellent in the Santa Fe Sport and the first two rows of the Santa Fe, according to reviewers. It’s the third row in the Santa Fe, however, that fails to impress. Its small size makes it suitable for children only. The third row is also where you’ll find the Santa Fe’s harshest ride.

On the plus side, the standard cloth interior features stain-resistant material that both parents and pet owners will appreciate. Leather seating surfaces are optional. Heated front seats are available in all but the base model. Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Santa Fe Sport and seven-seat models of the Santa Fe feature a rear bench seat that splits 40/20/40 for cargo flexibility. Opt for a six-passenger Santa Fe and the bench seat is replaced by a pair of comfortable captain’s chairs, with a narrow pass-through to the third row between them.

  • "The only aspect to the Santa Fe that might hold you back is a smaller third-row seat and less cargo capacity relative to some competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "What better way to perk up a crowded cabin than with a massive infusion of sunlight. The Santa Fe's available panoramic sunroof spans all three rows and can be tilted up for improved ventilation or opened for a refreshing blast of fresh air. … There's plenty of room in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the driver's front view is panoramic (the rearward view is less broad, but you're never reduced to driving purely with the mirrors)." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

All Santa Fe models come with at least a 5-inch display audio system with six speakers and satellite radio reception standard. Step up just one trim and the small screen is replaced with a 7-inch touch screen that is compatible with Android Auto. Expected later in the year is a software upgrade that will bring Apple CarPlay connectivity to the Santa Fe. Top models gain an Infinity Premium Audio system with surround sound and a system that brings compressed digital music back to its original vibrancy and detail.

Power windows, door locks, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel are standard in all models. Unlike most competitors, the Santa Fes have dual-zone automatic climate control standard in all trim levels. A rearview camera is standard, with a 360-degree surround-view camera system available.

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  • "Among the Santa Fe's principal attractions is its notable bang for the buck. Desirable features like alloy wheels, bright LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio are all standard, even on the entry-level SE model." -- Edmunds
  • "The base model's stain-resistant cloth fabric feels good, plus the audio and climate-control knobs and buttons are glove-friendly big." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The Santa Fe isn’t as large and unwieldy to handle as some other crossovers on the market. In fact, it’s only 8 inches longer than the 2-row Santa Fe Sport. The cost of that svelte ride, however, is reduced cargo space. It has one of the smaller cargo capacities in the class. If that’s a deciding factor, you might want to look to the Honda Pilot or Dodge Durango, though the extra space comes with a higher price than the affordable Santa Fe.

An automatic hands-free rear hatch is available. To raise the power liftgate, just stand behind the car with a key fob in your pocket or purse. Voilà!

  • "The Santa Fe does give up some cargo area compared to the competition." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “… put the third-row seats up and you're down to a comparatively small 13.5 cubic feet. Getting that cargo in and out is a simple matter with the available ‘smart’ hands-free rear liftgate that only requires you to stand behind the car for a few seconds with the key fob in your pocket or purse." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's optional power rear liftgate doesn't require you to balance on one foot while furiously waving the other to activate the liftgate. Simply approach the vehicle with the fob on your person and the hatch magically opens." -- Kelley Blue Book (Santa Fe Sport)

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