2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The 2019 Santa Fe is quiet and comfortable, and two-row models come with an impressive set of standard safety features. The infotainment system – now with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – will also put a smile on your face. Your expression may turn sour if you have a lot of gear to haul, as there isn't much cargo space here.

  • "Out-of-the-ordinary trim choices add a bit of visual interest to the cabin: the headliner and sunroof shade have a unique heather-fabric pattern, the speaker grilles sport a 3D texture inspired by orthographic maps, and the marble-look trim inserts are a refreshing break from the typical woodgrain. The leather upholstery of the Limited and Ultimate models is naturally the most luxurious, but the cloth seats of lesser trim levels have an attractive look and feel as well." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's super quiet in the cabin thanks to new sound padding, better insulation materials, and gobs of fancy adhesives. Out on the highway it easily shames some pricier Lexus SUVs I've recently driven." -- Automobile Magazine
  • " … Hyundai's designers have proven to be masters of creating pleasant cabin experiences from inexpensive materials. That may seem like a backhanded compliment, but this is a really nice cabin for the price. Spend some time poking and prodding the dashboard and you'll find plenty of hard plastics and thin leather, but the cockpit looks surprisingly good especially in the two-tone tan and black scheme of our tester. Nice details like contrasting stitching and matching fabric on the roof and pillars go the extra mile to really zhoosh up the Santa Fe's look, setting it apart from other low-budget cabins." -- CNET

Seating

The Santa Fe is a 2-row SUV with seating for five people. It comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second-row bench seat. Visibility is excellent, thanks to the new body style and added glass, and the second-row seats are spacious and comfortable.

Seating increases to seven people in the base three-row Santa Fe XL, which features a reclining second row bench that's split 40/20/40, and a 50/50 split folding third-row bench. The top trim level swaps out the second-row bench for two captain's chairs. This boosts comfort in the middle row further, but decreases passenger capacity by one. Legroom in the third row is average, but like many other 3-row SUVs, this region is best left for pint-sized passengers only.

Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard in both the two- and three-row models. For child safety seats, there are three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors in the second row. Available seating upgrades include an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, additional front-seat adjustments for the lumbar and leg cushion extensions, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

  • "Inside, the Santa Fe provides roomy accommodations for five. The rear seat, which slides fore and aft and also reclines, is particularly spacious, and a nearly flat floor makes three-across seating a credible proposition, while wide door openings permit easy access. Up front, there's lots of elbow room, and cabin stowage is plentiful. Thin A-pillars and door-mounted side mirrors aid visibility." -- Car and Driver
  • "Front- and rear-seat space is on par with most class competitors, which is to say it's ample for all but very large folks. The tallish body build makes for easy step-in/step-out entry and exit, and the rear seatbacks recline to free up even more headroom for tall passengers. The rear seats also slide fore and aft a few inches, but we don't see them spending much time in anything but the 'all-the-way-back' position in these two-row models." -- Consumer Guide
  • The standard 2nd-row bench not only reclines, but it's split 40/20/40 and slides forward to maximize legroom back in the third row. In this configuration the new Santa Fe seats seven. If that's one too many, two 2nd-row captain's chairs are available, which are not only more comfortable but they ease access to the Hyundai's third row. Front-seat comfort is high, and the base model's stain-resistant cloth fabric feels good." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

An attractive set of standard features have been added to the redesigned Santa Fe. The 2019 base trim now comes with a 7-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote keyless entry, and a rearview camera. The two-row Santa Fe also includes a suite of advanced safety features including forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and safe exit assist, which warns rear passengers if they try to open the door when a vehicle is approaching from the rear of the SUV.

Standard features on the three-row XL include satellite radio, HD Radio, and dual-zone climate control. Other available features include a proximity key, a 12-speaker QuantumLogic surround-sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rear occupant alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a head-up display, and a surround-view monitor.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are welcome additions to the base models. These quickly integrate your smartphone with the Bluelink interface. Not that the Bluelink interface needs an alternative selection of menus. This system is straightforward and accompanied by a set of user-friendly knobs and buttons.

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  • "All Santa Fe switches and controls work with precision, and the buttons for many of the safety technologies are grouped to the left of the tilt and telescope steering wheel. Other niceties: Hyundai has positioned the navigation screen for reduced glare, the window switches have been moved forward for added elbow room." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "At the center of the cabin is the newest version of Hyundai's Bluelink tech. This remains one of our favorite cabin technology suites -- it's not flashy, but Bluelink is fast and very easy to use. For 2019, the system gains a new 'Custom' hardware button and a customizable 'My Menu' feature that allow faster access to your favorite functions … We've still got all of the features that we like to see, including standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with solid voice commands. Stepping up from the standard 7-inch model to the larger 8-incher also brings good navigation software with HD Radio traffic information." -- CNET
  • "The dashboard layout is clear and intuitive. Controls are straightforward and user-friendly for the most part, and there are some handy small-items storage solutions." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Santa Fe's cargo area also grows slightly for 2019. It has 35.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 71.3 cubic feet with the back seat folded, which is typical for a 2-row SUV this size. The Santa Fe XL is longer, so it offers more cargo space than its smaller sibling. However, the XL is undersized in its segment. It offers 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright, 40.9 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 80 cubic feet with all rear seats out of the way.

Uplevel models come with a hands-free power liftgate. This opens automatically when it senses the key fob behind the vehicle, which is helpful when your arms are full.

  • " … the power rear liftgate, which can be opened with the swipe of your foot, has two speeds: 4.5 seconds or 6 seconds. The cargo area aft of the rear seat is a tiny bit larger than that of the Santa Fe Sport, and we like how the well-lined area features a false floor for secure, out-of-sight storage." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo bay is wide and tall, with covered binnacles under the cargo floor for smaller valuables." -- Truck Trend
  • "A hands-free "smart" liftgate is standard on SEL Plus models and above; it beeps and then opens automatically if you're standing at the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket for three seconds. The upside of Hyundai's arrangement is that no foot swipe is necessary to open the gate." -- Consumer Guide
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