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High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion) and IIHS (In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety) tests.

One unique new fea­ture, stan­dard on all trim lev­els, will be of in­ter­est to par­ents of young­sters. Safe Exit As­sist pre­vents the rear doors from be­ing opened when ve­hi­cles are ap­proach­ing from the rear.

The sys­tem de­tects this mo­tion, pro­vid­ing vis­i­ble and au­di­ble warn­ings to the driver while ac­ti­vat­ing the child locks on the rear doors.

The new Santa Fe also comes with a rear oc­cu­pant alert, us­ing pres­sure and mo­tion de­tec­tion to alert the driver if at­tempt­ing to leave the ve­hi­cle with a child or pet in the rear.

The num­ber of trim lev­els and pack­ages make it im­pos­si­ble to de­scribe which fea­tures are stan­dard at each point of the price walk. Suf­fice it to say that in typ­i­cal Hyundai fash­ion, the stan­dard equip­ment list is ex­ten­sive in re­la­tion to price.

For ex­am­ple, the least ex­pen­sive model comes with the eight-speed au­to­matic, power win­dows, locks and mir­rors, a 17-cm colour touch­screen with An­droid Auto and Ap­ply Car Play com­pat­i­bil­ity, tilt and te­le­scope steering col­umn, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Santa Fe also boasts five years of com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to Hyundai’s BlueLink con­nected car sys­tem. This pro­vides re­mote ac­cess, re­mote start with cli­mate con­trol, per­son­al­iza­tion and a num­ber of other unique fea­tures through an app on your smart­phone.

The 2019 Santa Fe comes in front- or all-wheel drive with a nor­mally-as­pi­rated, 185-horse­power, 2.4-litre or a 235-horse­power tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der en­gines. Both are paired with a new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

All but the most ba­sic mod­els will come with a highly-so­phis­ti­cated all-wheel-drive sys­tem that pro­cesses in­for­ma­tion from 50 sen­sors 100 times every sec­ond to cal­cu­late the amount of power go­ing to in­di­vid­ual wheels.

Af­ter some time in and on the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Lux­ury

Qtur­bocharged, 2.0litre, four-cylin­der, 235 horse­power, 260 lb.-ft. of torque, reg­u­lar fuel

QQau­to­matic, AWD

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eight-speed

12.3 / 9.8

4,770 mm

1,890 mm

2,765 mm

1,790 kg

$41,899 (lux­ury) as tested, plus freight

Chevro­let Blazer, Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, Nis­san Mu­rano, Subaru Out­back, Toy­ota RAV-4

road with the new Santa Fe, sev­eral things stood out:

This is a very quiet and re­fined ve­hi­cle.

The new tur­bocharged en­gine, eight-speed au­to­matic and AWD sys­tem are de­light­fully pro­grammed to work to­gether.

The new sus­pen­sion sys­tem is proof that what­ever the com­pany did to at­tract BMW’s top sus­pen­sion engineer — paid off.

Hid­den be­neath a very spa­cious cargo area, are a num­ber of siz­able, par­ti­tioned stor­age spa­ces.

The 2019 Santa Fe re­places the cur­rent model in Hyundai’s cross­over line along­side the Kona, Tuc­son and Santa Fe XL.

The lat­ter will be re­placed next spring by a new three-row ve­hi­cle on a dif­fer­ent plat­form with a new name.

Hyundai plans six new or to­tally re-en­gi­neered util­ity ve­hi­cles for the Cana­dian mar­ket by 2020.

PHO­TOS BY HYUNDAI

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in front- or all-wheel drive with a nor­mally-as­pi­rated, 185-horse­power, 2.4-litre or 235-horse­power, tur­bocharged, 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der en­gines. Both are paired with a new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The least ex­pen­sive Santa Fe model comes with the eight-speed au­to­matic, power win­dows, locks and mir­rors, a 17-cm colour touch­screen with An­droid Auto and Ap­ply Car Play com­pat­i­bil­ity, tilt and te­le­scope steering col­umn, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The 2019 Santa Fe is 70 mm longer, 65-90 ki­los lighter, 15 mm taller, 10 mm wider, and rides on a 65 mm longer wheel­base.

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