2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Interior


#2 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$25,900
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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

 The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe looks good inside, with plenty of quality materials throughout, and the cabin does a good job of insulating passengers from outside noise. The seats are roomy and supportive. There are plenty of standard and available features, highlighted by an easy-to-use infotainment system. Cargo space is OK, but it’s not class leading.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Seating

The base Santa Fe seats five people across two rows. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, and even tall people should have enough headroom. It's easy to get in and out of the vehicle, and drivers enjoy good forward visibility. The reclining rear seats make it easy for passengers to get comfortable.

For securing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors on the Santa Fe’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that the lower anchors are set deep in the seats.

  • "In terms of space, the Santa Fe is excellent. The back seat is spacious and reclines to a generous degree." -- Autotrader
  • "Inside, the Santa Fe provides roomy accommodations for five. The rear seat, which … 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 (2019)
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Santa Fe include a rear-seat reminder, keyless entry, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, and lane keep assist.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, and a panoramic sunroof.

A number of active safety features are also offered, including rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Safe Exit Assist (monitors rear traffic before passengers exit the vehicle), and Blind View Monitor, which displays a real-time image of the Santa Fe's blind spots in the driver's instrument screen when you activate a turn signal.

The infotainment screen is nicely positioned, which keeps it from being washed out by bright sunlight. Controls are easy to see and reach, and many functions can be operated via buttons on the steering wheel. The infotainment interface is easy to use, and it offers quick response times.

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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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Cargo

The base Santa Fe has 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 71.3 cubic feet with the back seat folded, which is typical for a two-row midsize SUV.

This Hyundai also provides a storage area beneath the cargo floor that you can use for extra space or to keep valuables hidden from sight. A hands-free power liftgate is available. This opens automatically when it senses the key fob behind the vehicle.

  • "Cargo space is generous at 71.3 cu ft. with the seats lowered and 35.9 cu ft. with them raised, but there's an enormous under-floor storage bin that can be used to store even more stuff." -- Autotrader
  • "… 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 (2019)
  • "The cargo bay is wide and tall, with covered binnacles under the cargo floor for smaller valuables." -- Truck Trend (2019) 
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