When an auto manufacturer invites you to drive their car at a high altitude, steep hills, challenging curves and miles of non-paved roads they put their confidence in their engineers at the forefront. We drove the Hyundai Santa Fe on all of those conditions, and more, and we were impressed with its performance and everything else in this new SUV. In the vacation town of Park City, this Santa Fe was at home next to the Audis and Lexus’ we saw parked around the famous Stein Erikson Lodge. The Santa Fe makes a strong statement with its style and substance.
This new fourth-generation model builds on an interior, loaded with practical cutting-edge technologies and its bold statement-making exterior. The DNA of the new Santa Fe can be seen in Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. A powerful wide stance and an athletic body make a style statement from 100 feet away that characterize the exterior bold design.
But it is the profile of the Santa Fe that stands out, it features a dynamic character line that goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights and a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround that provides a sleek impression along with better visibility. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels communicate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape
New safety, comfort and convenience technologies inside the new Santa Fe include start technology, Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher-level trims. The base-level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, the vehicle is also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Our test car had the available premium sound system that is great for the Santa Fe’s upscale new interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.
The interior has been enhanced and inside there is now more cargo room behind the second-row seats. In addition to more cargo space, the second-row legroom has also been lengthened to be best in class. The H-point distance between the first and second rows has also been increased and the floor has been lowered for even more second-row comfort. Engineers even added a one-touch folding second-row seat, to make life easier for all.
The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of powertrains, a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower. All engines are mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Also The Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems on much more expensive SUV and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium, high-speed cornering, and hill starts, which is a great help on the hill side hill climbs and off-roading around Park City Utah.
A final Note From Hyundai: The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe has been named Santa Fe XL. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
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