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
12.3 / 9.8
$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.
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.