Appealing to an ‘outdoorsy’ nature, Hyundai named the Santa Fe after the capital of New Mexico.
The Santa Fe has been manufactured since 2000, first introduced in the automotive market as a 2001 model year.
This is a spacious Sports Utility Vehicle, that invites its driver and occupants to take on the road to seek for new horizons (or just the closest pizza joint or, for the bold and the brave, to visit the relatives that live out of town or embarking on an off road adventure in the woods or the beach).
Another venture that can be made easy by using the Santa Fe, is moving out.
Yours truly, precisely, used it for this kind of task and, let me tell you, this beauty has A LOT of room, a trait that allowed me to complete my endeavor in just a few trips.
Precise driving, responsive controls and a very confortable interior are the cherry on top of the cake, for a very complete, wholesome SUV.
From zero to hero
When it was first presented to the world a couple of decades ago, the Santa Fe was kinda, well… boring, to say the least.
It was perceived as just another SUV, another boring, suburban, average, lackluster and grayish family car, with round shapes and boring design.
But fear not, my friends: Times have changed, and with them, so has the Santa Fe.
Along the years, the grill has evolved, from a plain boring auto part to a ‘facial feature’ that make this beauty stand out along its peers.
Its body has been redesigned with acute angles and sexy lines here and there, making it a very attractive, modern piece of automotive engineering.
It has five trims (more on that in just a few lines below), but all of them have the same little heart beneath their hood: A four cylinder, 2.4-liter engine, that provides 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.
It should be noted that a couple of trims -Limited and Ultimate- can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, that reaches 235 hp and 260 lb-ft.
Both engines and all the trims are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; and any trim can be equipped with either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Since we are in the engine talk, let me tell you that, depending on what kind of engine and drive you choose, you can get a fuel economy that ranges from 17 to 22 miles per gallon in the city, and 22 to 29 mpg on the highway: One more perk to consider this beauty.
A Swiss army knife of a car
Here we go with the clichés… with all its equipment, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe could be called a Swiss army knife of a car (but i am very doubtful of a knife having a display screen and smartphone compatibility).
Let’s see… the base model, the SE version, offers, on the ‘techie’ and aesthetic side of things, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, four USB ports, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch display screen and a large etcetera of accessories.
On the safety front, you’ll get forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control a driver attention warning (to prevent driving with drowsiness) and much more.
The SEL trim adds perks such as heated mirrors, an upgraded driver information display, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, heated front seats, satellite radio and more.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a 12-speaker Infinity stereo system, 18-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control and more are added to the SEL Plus version.
The Limited Trim gets you LED headlights, taillights and foglights, a power-adjustable passenger seat, panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.
The cream of the crop is the Ultimate trim. We are talking pretty much all that has been mentioned before, plus traits such as top-down parking camera system, rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, heated back seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and more.
Long story short: I recommend getting the turbocharged engine –You’ll get better ‘oomph’ in the acceleration front.
Now, it should be noted that no matter the engine, this is an SUV that handles effortlessly, either on the highway or the streets.
If you are in the market for a spacious, family friendly, well equipped and affordably priced car, seek no more.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is easily a standout in the SUV market.