Car Review: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate values luxury with its latest redesign
The 2019 Santa Fe has been redesigned and received an upgrade in class.
The outside of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate has a more expressive look. The last generation of Hyundai vehicles seem to go very conservative with styling, but the new versions are going back to more eye-catching designs.
Front view of the 2019 Santa Fe.
Out front, the Santa Fe is more futuristic and modern. LED headlight clusters are slim and expressive and flow from the oversized grill. The oversized secondary light clusters are chunky and a little funky, but it really works well together.
2019 Santa Fe seen from the side.
Looking from the side, the Santa Fe reveals large 19-inch wheels that are a bit busy for some onlookers when I asked. No boring flat body here, cheat lines top and bottom add visual punch and hold your attention.
The Quartz White Pearl paint on the Hyundai looks sharp. There are just enough black lower body moldings and bright trim pieces to make the color pop.
Rear view of the 2019 Santa Fe.
The tail end isn’t as stylish as the rest, but a rooftop spoiler and taillights the wrap around toward the sides of the Santa Fe are more appealing than most crossovers today.
Comfortable front seats in the 2019 Santa Fe.
The leather covered, heated and ventilated seats are comfortable with plenty of power adjustments to get that perfect position.
Now that this 2019 Santa Fe is just a two-row crossover, the luggage space should please most buyers. Interior materials are upgraded with more soft touch and richer looking plastics, vinyl and leather.
The cabin has benefited from the use of more sound deadening and its road and wind noise has been greatly reduced from the previous Santa Fe.
Spacious back seats in the 2019 Santa Fe.
Those in the back seat have good space and while two adults have no problem with space in the back, a third adult would wish for a bit more shoulder space.
The two-tone color scheme used throughout the interior adds a touch of class and the look of a pricey luxury brand.
Touchscreen and dash controls in the 2019 Santa Fe.
The technology game is also updated for 2019. Wireless charging for all size phones is a bonus. The eight-inch touchscreen works the first time, plus knobs are still here for both volume and tuning. I’m not as crazy about the almost glued-on look of the large NAV screen on top of the dash, but it seems like others are doing it, so I should get used to it. No complaints about the premium sound system. It’s one of the better sounding in a Hyundai.
A large standard panoramic sunroof lets in a lot of light and air when open.
Decent trunk space in the 2019 Santa Fe.
A few neat safety features include the Rear Seat Occupant warning, alerting you to check the back seat before you exit the driver’s seat. Another is the Safe Exit Assist, which refuses to open the door into oncoming traffic if detected, until the coast is clear.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T is a game changer for Hyundai and those who compete against it. With more luxury, technology and that long powertrain warranty, the new Santa Fe is not just a value buy, but a good all-around vehicle that happens to still be competitively priced.
Mike Parris is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. The vehicles are provided by DriveShop, FMI, NAVS DC or Motus One for the purpose of this review.
Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.
© 2019 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.