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Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe front 1.21.19.jpg
Pre-facelift Hyundai Santa Fe (fourth generation)
Also calledHyundai Maxcruz (LWB, South Korea; 2013–2019)
Model years2001–present
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV (2000–2006)[1]
Mid-size crossover SUV (2006–present)[2]
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive[3][4]
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive

The Hyundai Santa Fe (Korean: 현대 싼타페) is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2000. It is named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai's first SUV. The Santa Fe was a milestone in the company's restructuring program of the late 1990s because the SUV was a hit with American buyers. The SUV was so popular that at times, Hyundai had trouble supplying the demand. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai's best seller and contributed to Hyundai's success in the United States. Between 2006 and 2012, the Santa Fe fell between the slightly smaller compact crossover Tucson and the larger, yet related Veracruz.

The second generation Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded 2008 Consumer Reports "top pick" and was among the top 10 vehicles for 2008 unveiled in the magazine's issue. The magazine's annual ratings, based on road tests and predicted safety and reliability, are considered highly influential among consumers.[5]

In 2012, the third generation Santa Fe became available in two versions (regular and extended versions), with the (five-seater) Sport in September 2012 and the extended long wheel base model which replaced the Veracruz, available at showrooms in November 2012. As of 2019, the Santa Fe has been slotted between the Tucson and the Palisade.

First generation (SM; 2000)[edit]

First generation (SM)
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS.jpg
Also calledHawtai Shengdafei (China)
ProductionJune 2000 – June 2006
2007–2012 (Russia)
2006–2015 (China)
Model years2001–2006
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
China: (Hawtai)
Russia: Taganrog (TagAZ)[6]
Egypt: Cairo (Ghabbour Group)
DesignerK.S. Kim[7]
Body and chassis
RelatedHyundai Sonata (EF)
Hyundai Trajet
Kia Sorento
JAC Rein
Engine1.8 L 18K4G I4 turbo (petrol) (China)
2.0 L 4G94D I4 (China)
2.4 L Sirius I4
2.7 L Delta V6
3.5 L Sigma V6
2.0 L OED483Q I4 turbo (diesel) (China)
2.0L D CRDI I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length4,500 mm (177.2 in)
Width1,820–1,845 mm (71.7–72.6 in)
Height1,675 mm (65.9 in)
1,730 mm (68.1 in) (China)
Curb weight1,585–1,820 kg (3,494–4,012 lb)


Hyundai Santa Fe (Europe)

In its first year in production, the Santa Fe was offered with one of two engine and transmission combinations. In North America, a fuel-efficient 2.4 L four-cylinder engine was standard equipment and could be mated with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) Delta V6 offered more power than the four-cylinder but was only available with the automatic. Front wheel drive was standard (with traction control optional with the V6) and 4WD was optional. A 2.0 L Common Rail Turbo Diesel (CRTD) was offered outside the United States. Australian Santa Fes went on sale in November 2000 with only one engine/transmission choice – a 2.7L V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. 4WD was standard. A cheaper 2.4L four-cylinder joined the range several months later in 2001, but was only available with a manual transmission.


The Santa Fe entered its second year with only one minor change involving the placement of the V6 emblem to a higher location on the tailgate. In Feb 2002, the center dash vents and buttons were restyled. The clock was relocated to the center dash from its prior location in the overhead map light assembly, which was also restyled. Demand for the Santa Fe continued to be up but owners had several suggested changes for Hyundai.


In a rare mid-year model change, Hyundai increased fuel tank capacity from 64 to 71 L (14.1 to 15.6 imp gal; 16.9 to 18.8 US gal) and a sunroof option was added in May 2002. At the same time, chrome interior door handles replaced matte gray handles and a chrome shifter gate on automatic equipped models replaced matte silver gate trim. Few models also received a factory alarm confirmation chirp feature when locked twice via remote, but was rarely equipped until the 2003 model began production.


In 2003, Hyundai responded to some of the customer complaints and suggestions such as the fact that the hood used a prop and not gas struts, there was no light in the glove compartment, and the car itself did not have enough power. In 2003, Hyundai introduced the 3.5-liter V6 in addition to the other two gas engines in North America. The bigger engine came with a computer-controlled four-wheel drive system. A Monsoon high-performance sound system came standard on the mid-level GLS model and came with a 6-disc CD changer on the top-tier LX. Rounding out the changes in the 2003 model was the discontinuation of the highly unpopular Pine Green which in some owner circles has gained the nickname 'Yucky Green'. In Australia, the four-cylinder Santa Fe was dropped in 2003, due to slow sales, leaving the 2.7L V6 automatic as the only model.


Hyundai continued to post sales records with the Santa Fe as it rolled into 2004 with very minor changes. The manual climate controls on the base GL and mid-line GLS were revised very slightly. The remote keyless entry confirmation 'chirp' when the 'LOCK' button on the remote was pressed twice became standard.


Midway through the year the AM/FM antenna was moved from on the glass in the rear driver's side window to a three-inch (76 mm) rubber antenna in the center of the roof just above the tailgate.


2005–2006 Hyundai Santa Fe (US)

The Santa Fe received its final facelift for 2005. Changes were made to the grille, taillights, rear bumper, interior instrument cluster. The instrument cluster was redesigned with the speedometer now reading 140 mph (earlier models only indicated 130 mph) and a better-designed toll ticket slot in the driver's sun visor. Both sun visors also received extensions so the sun could be blocked out better when coming in from the side. The base Santa Fe was discontinued that time, making way for the Tucson.

In Australia, all models received body-colored (painted) bumpers from 2005 on. The color 'Sandstone' was discontinued in favor of a slightly different color named 'Mocha Frost'. The GL trim was dropped as was the four-cylinder engine and its respective 5-speed manual transmission. The 2.7 L V6 took over duties as the base engine. A passenger airbag cutoff that prevents the airbag from deploying if the seat is unoccupied (or occupied by a small person) was also added. A 3-point seatbelt was added to the center rear seating position, as well. The calendar function, housed in the overhead console was removed and a compass took its place.


The last year of this Santa Fe saw few changes. Two colors were discontinued for 2006, Merlot and Canyon Red. A rare color, Dark Emerald Green, was introduced mid-year. It did not appear in any sales brochures and could have only been ordered by a dealership. The LX trim level was renamed 'Limited' and got a corresponding tailgate badge, a first for the Santa Fe of any trim level. Another first was the availability of a monochromatic paint scheme, a departure from the contrasting gray cladding previously standard. The monochromatic option was only available on the Limited in black. In total, these options ran $1900, pushing the Santa Fe's total asking price to nearly $30,000.

In Europe, the new Santa Fe model was launched in April as a 2006 model, offering a new 2.2-liter diesel-powered engine and updated 2.7-liter petrol-powered V6.


Hawtai Santa Fe (China)

Part of a joint venture with Hyundai Motors that began in 2002, a Chinese company, Hawtai Motor, manufactured the first-generation Santa Fe.[8] While it did make Hyundai-branded models for sale on the Chinese market,[8] one of the versions it debuted under its own brand name in 2009 was the Santa Fe C9.[citation needed] Utilizing a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four engine acquired from Rover, it was intended to be priced at a significant discount to those bearing the Hyundai name.[9]

Hyundai ended its partnership with Hawtai in 2010 and production ended in 2015.[10]

Second generation (CM; 2005)[edit]

Second generation (CM)
2007-2009 Hyundai Santa Fe -- 04-22-2010.jpg
Also calledInokom Santa Fe (Malaysia)
Model years2007–2013
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama (HMMA); West Point, Georgia (KMMG)
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)
Egypt: Cairo (Ghabbour Group)
India: Chennai (Hyundai India)
Body and chassis
RelatedHyundai Sonata
Hyundai Veracruz/ix55
Hyundai Grandeur/Azera
Kia Optima
Kia Carens
Kia Sorento
1.5 L 4G15[11] I4 (China)
1.5 L 15S4G[11] I4 (China)
2.0 L 4G94[12] I4 (China)
2.4 L Theta II I4
2.7 L Mu V6
3.3 L Lambda V6
3.5 L Lambda II V6
2.0 L OED483Q[11] I4 (China)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,675 mm (184.1 in)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
Height1,725 mm (67.9 in)
Curb weight1,720–1,905 kg (3,792–4,200 lb)


The new 2006 Santa Fe went on sale in South Korea in late 2005.[13] In the United States, it debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The first production Santa Fe in the United States rolled off Hyundai's Montgomery, Alabama assembly line on April 18, 2006. It shares this assembly line with the current generation Hyundai Sonata. The new generation sheds the old style's quirky design in favor of a more contemporary look.

2006–2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite (Australia)
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe (Australia)

In the United States, the new generation is offered in GLS, SE, and Limited versions.[14] The new Santa Fe sees the return of a manual transmission, but only when mated with the 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) V6. The 3,342 cc (3.342 L; 203.9 cu in)[15] V6 (a retuned version of the same engine found in the Sonata) is standard on the SE and Limited and comes only with a 5-speed automatic. Both 2WD and AWD models with a 3.3 L have a fuel economy of 19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp) city and 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) highway.[15] The 2.2l diesel engine (not available in the US) with 155 hp (116 kW) has mixed cycle of 7.2l and a city cycle of 8.0l. The 4WD is a Borg-Warner Torque Management device, which diverts power to the wheels with best grip according to the amount of slip. If the front wheels spin slightly, 10% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. If the front wheels start to slip a lot, 50% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. Body lean in turns, a problem with the previous generation, has been reduced in the new Santa Fe. Both road and wind noise have also been reduced.

Newly standard on the latest iteration of the Santa Fe are all the safety features the previous model lacked or charged as extra. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side-curtain airbags for all seating rows, a tire pressure monitor, active front head restraints, and anti-lock brakes are all standard.[14] A heated windshield wiper grid located in the front wipers' 'park' position helps to thaw ice buildup on the blades in colder climates. Some features like the tailgate flip glass and the lower body cladding were not integrated into the new model.

The interior has been upgraded as well with blue-lit dashboard controls (unlike the green color used in other Hyundai models), a gated shifter pattern, illuminated cup holders, and higher quality leather on Limited models. The rear seat head restraints caused visibility problems in the previous model due to their size. The new style features 'shingled' head rests that when lowered completely, sit flush with the top of the seat, helping to maximize rear visibility. The middle rear seating position now comes with its own head restraint and a three-point seat belt built in. LATCH child seat anchors are also standard, and an optional 50/50 third row seat allows Santa Fe to seat seven passengers.

Pricing remained competitive despite the upward move in size and feature content.

In Malaysia, Hyundai Santa Fe is available as a Complete knock down model rebadged as Inokom Santa Fe. The Inokom Santa Fe is only available in CRDi 2.2-liter I4 Diesel and 2.7-liter V6.


For 2008, only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe. A navigation system made by LG was offered and the Infinity sound system and the power glass sunroof were made standard on Limited models.[16] The non-metallic white paint trim was dropped, leaving the pearl white as the only white color available on the Santa Fe.


2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SLX CRDi (Australia)

2009 saw only minor changes for the Santa Fe. New mirror indicators were introduced, except on US-built models. The 16" wheels on the base GLS model (USA specification) were dropped and replaced with black steel wheels and plastic covers. Additionally, the GLS received black plastic mirrors as opposed to the body-colored mirrors of the higher-tier SE and Limited models. This cut in equipment was rumored to be a countermeasure to offset the price increase of offering an iPod plug-in for the stereo system. Because of the black mirrors and wheel covers, the additional cost of the iPod adapter was negated, leaving the base price of the vehicle unchanged.

The Santa Fe topped the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by According to research, the Santa Fe is the least expensive vehicle to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle's safety.[17][18]

December 2009 a more economical ‘R’ series piezo electric injector-equipped 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 145 kW of power (up 27 per cent) at 3800rpm and 436Nm of torque at 1800rpm (421Nm for the manual).


2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (US)

A mid-cycle refresh designed in Germany for the Santa Fe was implemented for the 2010 model year. The grille now includes horizontal and vertical gridded bars as opposed to the horizontal two-bar grille on previous models, and grilles are now body-colored instead of black. New rear taillights include all-red taillight covers with extensive chrome outlay, and new 5 split-spoke alloy wheels have replaced the previous 5- and 6-spoke wheels. All Santa Fe's now include standard Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and steering wheel audio controls, new darker wood trim, and metallic steering wheel inlay. Gauges have been designed with a new lettering and numbering typeface and backlight design. A new touch-screen navigation system with rear back-up camera was now available. Finally, for the US market, the optional third row seat has been discontinued, leaving the larger Veracruz the only currently sold Hyundai in the United States to seat more than five persons.[19]

Powertrain changes included a choice of the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic transmission. Engine choices include a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a 3.5-litre V6 engine. The latter engine is also used in the Kia Sorento. Both engines generate greater power while obtaining greater fuel economy than previous engine models. Sales began in early January 2010.


Only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe for 2011. The 1050-watt Infinity sound system became standard on Limited trim whereas it had only been previously bundled with the optional navigation system. Five new colors were added, as well, including Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray, and Espresso Brown.

On September 1, 2010, North American production of the Santa Fe shifted to Kia's new West Point, Georgia assembly plant for the 2011 model year. This was done to free up production capacity at the Alabama plant for the new Sonata and new Elantra. The Santa Fe fills the void left for a Kia-built Hyundai sold in the United States & Canada after Hyundai ended production of the Entourage minivan in 2009. Kia, however, is 49.2% owned by Hyundai.


The Santa Fe only received minor changes for 2012: The all-body colored grille (in North American markets) was straightened and received chrome accents while the textured strip below the headlights was changed from amber to clear. The interior received a new shift knob and downhill brake assist was added. The 2012 model will be discontinued by the end of the year, successfully ending production for the second generation.

Santa Fe Blue Hybrid[edit]

There is a Hyundai Santa Fe Blue Hybrid that is powered by petrol engine coupled to a 30 kW (41 PS; 40 hp) electric motor. The Santa Fe blue Hybrid uses a 270 V lithium polymer battery.[20][21]


Hyundai is recalling almost 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2007–2009 model years, because the front passenger airbags may not deploy in a crash due to a possible problem with the occupant classification system. The system gauges the size of a passenger and based on that whether an air bag should be deployed. A software update rectifies the issue.[22]

Safety award[edit]

The Second-generation Santa Fe earned "Top Safety Pick" award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.[18] It also received maximum 5 star safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).[23][24]The Hyundai Santa Fe earned maximum five star safety rating from Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).[25]

The Second-generation Hyundai Santa Fe topped the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by[17]


Advertising Standards Bureau of Australia banned a Santa Fe TV commercial titled 'Restless' or 'Toddler' in 2007, which ASB argued that it promotes an illegal driving activity: an underaged person (a toddler) driving a car. He also picked up a hitchhiking toddler girl and both were wearing seatbelts instead of approved child restraints which also breached safety recommendations.[26][27] The ad was produced by Kim Thorp and Howard Greive from Assignment Group NZ and directed by Tony Williams from Sydney Film Company, with post via Frame Set + Match, Sydney.[28] The ad itself won the 2006 Fair Go Ad Awards in Best Ad Award category, and was also nominated in the top five in the Worst Ad category.[29]

Third generation (DM/NC; 2012)[edit]

Third generation (DM/NC)
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe (DM) Elite wagon (2015-08-07).jpg
Also calledHyundai Maxcruz (LWB model, South Korea)
Hyundai Grand Santa Fe (LWB model)
Hyundai Santa Fe XL (LWB model, Canada; United States (2019–2020))
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (SWB model, North America)
ProductionJune 2012–June 2018 (SWB)
November 2012–February 2020 (LWB)
Model years2013–2018 (SWB)
2013–2020 (LWB)
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama (HMMA); West Point, Georgia (KMMG)
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)
Vietnam: Ninh Bình (HTMV)[30]
Egypt: Cairo (Ghabbour Group)
India: Chennai (HMIL)
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)[31]
Algeria: Tiaret (TMC)[32]
Body and chassis
RelatedKia Sorento
Transmission6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in) (SWB)
2,800 mm (110.2 in) (LWB)
Length4,690 mm (184.6 in) (SWB)
4,905 mm (193.1 in) (LWB)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in) (SWB)
1,885 mm (74.2 in) (LWB)
Height1,680–1,690 mm (66.1–66.5 in)
Curb weight1,749–2,057 kg (3,856–4,535 lb) (LWB)
PredecessorHyundai Veracruz (for LWB)
SuccessorHyundai Palisade (for LWB)

Hyundai launched a redesign of the Santa Fe on February 14, 2012. Unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show on April 4,[33] the third generation Santa Fe features two wheelbase variants: shorter 5-seat Sport variant (7-seat is optional in several markets) and the long-wheelbase version (called Santa Fe XL in Canada) with three rows of seats and available seating for six or seven passengers. Both models feature the new "Storm Edge" design prototype, eventually to launch on all other models, and feature refreshed Santa Fe unibody crossover platform, akin to most of today's SUVs.

Short-wheelbase version (DM)[edit]

The short-wheelbase version is marketed as the Santa Fe Sport in North America, and simply Santa Fe in other regions. While the Santa Fe Sport is solely available in two-row in the North America, a third-row seat option is available as standard or optional in most regions outside North America. The 2013 Santa Fe Sport went on sale in September 2012 for the North American market.

The 2013 Santa Fe Sport models arrives with an all four-cylinder engine lineup. The standard engine is a 2.4 L developing 190 horsepower (142 kW), with a 264 hp (268 PS; 197 kW) 2.0 L turbo four on offer. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive being optional. The Santa Fe Sport has Hyundai's Torque Vectoring Cornering Control feature for upgraded drive performance. Both engines shift through a six-speed automatic transmission (already found in the Azera sedan), returning up to 33 mpg‑US (7.1 L/100 km; 40 mpg‑imp) for the naturally aspirated model and 31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp) for the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T model.

The Korean-spec Santa Fe was launched in Asia since April 19, 2012, in short wheel base form with 7-seater capacity. Available engine types are a 2.0L E-VGT R-Line and 2.2L E-VGT R-Line diesel engines.[34]

North America[edit]

The Santa Fe Sport went on sale in June 2012 as a 2013 model. It is available in one basic trim level, but with two engines, and multiple packages that add many features. Basic equipment includes alloy wheels, an A/M-F/M stereo with CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth for phone and audio, voice command, six speakers, cloth seating surfaces, and more. Features such as an upgraded sound system with upgraded touch-screen radio, a full, GPS navigational system, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces can be added to the basic Santa Fe Sport so that buyers can choose their ideal vehicle. Engine choices are either a 2.4-liter petrol GDi engine, or a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, offered as the 2.4 and 2.0T trim levels respectively.

For the 2014 model year, blind spot monitoring became available on all trims, and Technology Package added rear parking assistance, cooled front seats, and memory front seats. Rear window sunshades were added to the Premium Package.

For the 2017 model, both the LWB Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport has received a facelift with restyled headlights and taillights. In the domestic Korean market, this facelifted model was named "Santa Fe The Prime".


Santa Fe
Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0-100 km/h
Top speed
Theta II 2.4 MPi 2012–2018 6-speed automatic 176 PS (129 kW; 174 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 23.1 kg⋅m (227 N⋅m; 167 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm
  • 10.9s (FWD)
  • 11.6s (AWD)
190 km/h (118 mph)
Theta II 2.4 GDi 191–193 PS (140–142 kW; 188–190 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 24.6–25.0 kg⋅m (241–245 N⋅m; 178–181 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,250 rpm
  • 10.0s (FWD)
  • 10.5s (AWD)
Theta II 2.0 T-GDI 268 PS (197 kW; 264 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 37.2 kg⋅m (365 N⋅m; 269 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750-3,500 rpm
Lambda II 3.3 MPI 270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6,400 rpm 32.4 kg⋅m (318 N⋅m; 234 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,300 rpm 8.5s 210 km/h (130 mph)
Lambda II 3.3 GDI 286–294 PS (210–216 kW; 282–290 hp) @ 6,400 rpm 34.4 kg⋅m (337 N⋅m; 249 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm
2.0 R II CRDi 2012–2018 6-speed automatic 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @ 4000 rpm 39.1–40.8 kg⋅m (383–400 N⋅m; 283–295 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
  • 11.0s (FWD)
  • 11.3s (AWD)
187 km/h (116 mph)
2.2 R II CRDi 193–200 PS (142–147 kW; 190–197 hp) @ 3800 rpm 45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750-2,750 rpm
  • 8.7s (FWD)
  • 9.0s (AWD)
203 km/h (126 mph)

Long-wheelbase version (NC)[edit]

The long-wheelbase variant was released in North America in November 2012 and went on sale in early 2013 after the Veracruz ended production.[35] The longer Santa Fe receives a unique grille design, optional 19 inch alloy wheels, flush dual exhaust tips, and a body shape that accentuates the crossover's added passenger and cargo room hind-wise from the B-pillar. In March 2013, the Santa Fe long-wheelbase variant was available in South Korea as the Maxcruz.[36] In some markets, the long-wheelbase Santa Fe is also marketed as the Grand Santa Fe.

North America[edit]

The long-wheelbase is offered in North America exclusively with a 3.3 L, 290 horsepower (216 kW) V6 engine, the highest output of any vehicle in its class at the time.

The Santa Fe is available in two distinct trim levels: the SE (called the GLS until the 2016 model year), and the Limited. The SE/GLS includes alloy wheels, a CD/MP3 player stereo with iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, voice command, and six speakers, cloth seating surfaces, and more. Features such as an upgraded sound system with upgraded touch-screen radio, a full, GPS navigational system, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces were optional on the SE. The Limited adds those features that are optional on the SE, along with larger alloy wheels and wood interior trim.

As the fourth generation Santa Fe was released in 2018 for the 2019 model year in North America, replacing the Santa Fe Sport, the long-wheelbase Santa Fe (previously simply called the Santa Fe) was renamed Santa Fe XL. In 2019, the Santa Fe XL was replaced by the Palisade.


Grand Santa Fe/Santa Fe XL/Maxcruz[37]
Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0-100 km/h
Top speed
Lambda II 3.3 MPI 2012–2020 6-speed automatic 270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp) @ 6,400 rpm 32.4 kg⋅m (318 N⋅m; 234 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,300 rpm 8.7s (FWD)
8.8s (AWD)
207 km/h (129 mph)
Lambda II 3.3 GDI 286–294 PS (210–216 kW; 282–290 hp) @ 6,400 rpm 34.4 kg⋅m (337 N⋅m; 249 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm 8.3s
2.2 R II CRDi 2012–2020 6-speed automatic 193–200 PS (142–147 kW; 190–197 hp) @ 3,800 rpm 45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750-2,750 rpm 9.9s 201 km/h (125 mph)


As part of the Super Bowl XLVII campaign, 3 TV commercials developed by INNOCEAN USA were premiered during Super Bowl XLVII:

  • In "Epic Playdate", a father takes his family on a trip in a long-wheelbase Santa Fe consisting of various increasingly unorthodox activities, which include driving around in mud to getting away from bikers behind them and bowling in a human-sized inflatable hamster ball. The commercial features a cameo appearance by The Flaming Lips.[citation needed]
  • In "Team", a young boy recruits his own team to take on a group of children who took his football, with the long-wheelbase Santa Fe being used to gather various members of his team, all of which are shown to do various tasks that would typically require adults (such as wrestling a bear, rescuing a man from a burning building and welding).[citation needed]
  • In "Don't Tell", a father and his children in a short-wheelbase Santa Fe perform various activities to somewhat extreme extents, including skiing down a dangerous (black diamond-rated) ski trail and watching a horror film, during all of which the father tells his children, "Don't tell mom". In the last activity, the mother goes parasailing with her son, to whom she says, "Don't tell dad".[citation needed]

Fourth generation (TM; 2018)[edit]

Fourth generation (TM)
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe HTRAC Front.jpg
Model years2019–present
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama (HMMA)
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)
Vietnam: Ninh Bình (HTMV)[30]
Body and chassis
PlatformHyundai-Kia Y6 (pre-facelift)[38]
Hyundai-Kia N3 (facelift)[39][40][41]
RelatedKia Sorento
Wheelbase2,765 mm (108.9 in)
2,865 mm (112.8 in) (China)
Length4,770 mm (187.8 in)
4,785 mm (188.4 in) (facelift)
4,930 mm (194.1 in) (China)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
1,900 mm (74.8 in) (facelift)
1,910 mm (75.2 in) (China)
Height1,680 mm (66.1 in)
1,685 mm (66.3 in) (facelift)
1,720 mm (67.7 in) (China)
Curb weight1,680–1,785 kg (3,704–3,935 lb) (2.0T)
1,635–1,870 kg (3,605–4,123 lb) (2.4L)
1,745–1,910 kg (3,847–4,211 lb) (3.5L)
1,735–1,995 kg (3,825–4,398 lb) (2.2L)

On February 21, 2018, Hyundai introduced the fourth-generation Santa Fe in South Korea,[42] followed by the Geneva Motor Show in March. The fourth-generation Santa Fe is a two-row SUV which succeeds the previous Santa Fe Sport model. The new Santa Fe arrived in North American dealerships starting in the summer of 2018 as a 2019 model.[43]

The previous three-row, long-wheelbase Santa Fe continued to be available into model year 2019, rebranded as the Santa Fe XL. Its replacement, the Palisade, debuted in 2018 as a 2020 model.

A diesel fuel version of the Santa Fe was intended for the United States for the 2019 model year,[44] but was cancelled before launch.[45] In Europe, three engines are offered: a 2.0-litre diesel, 152 hp (154 PS; 113 kW) or 180 hp (182 PS; 134 kW), a 2.2-litre diesel (197 hp (200 PS; 147 kW)) and a 2.4-litre petrol engine (185 hp (188 PS; 138 kW)).[clarification needed] The engines will be offered with 6- or 8-speed automatic transmissions.

Facelift (2020)[edit]

On June 3, 2020, Hyundai revealed the facelifted Santa Fe for the 2021 model year. The facelifted Santa Fe is claimed to be built on a newer platform.[46] The Santa Fe features "T-shaped" LED lights that merge into a newer and wider "cascading" grille. The rear has also been revised, with a long LED strip running across the width of the car, similar to that seen on the seventh generation Hyundai Elantra. Wider wheel arches have been built to accommodate the larger 20-inch wheels.

The car has a redesigned center stack with a larger push-button gear selector as well as a new drive mode selector.[46] It also has a 10.25 inch touchscreen and the driver has a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster. For the United States, the enhanced blind-spot safety tech became standard on the Limited trim, and the Ultimate trim was removed for the 2020 model year and replaced by the new "Calligraphy" trim, similar to the Palisade.[47]

On July 23, 2021, the facelifted Santa Fe arrived to the Mexican market. Powered by a 2.5 liter turbo engine, it is offered in the GLS Premium and Limited Tech trim lines.[48]


The Chinese market fourth-generation Santa Fe was introduced in 2019 (called "Shengda" (胜达) in Chinese), featuring a restyled rear end similar to the eighth-generation Sonata. The Chinese version is 160 mm (6.3 in) longer than the international version, and featuring a 100 mm (3.9 in) longer wheelbase.[49]


Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0-100 km/h
Top speed
Theta II 2.0 T-GDI 2018–2020 8-speed automatic 235–238 PS (173–175 kW; 232–235 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 36.0 kg⋅m (353 N⋅m; 260 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,450–3,500 rpm 207 km/h (129 mph)
Theta II 2.4 MPi 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
172 PS (127 kW; 170 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 22.9 kg⋅m (225 N⋅m; 166 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm
  • 10.4s (FWD Manual)
  • 10.9s (FWD Automatic)
  • 10.7s (AWD Manual)
  • 11.5s (AWD Automatic)
190 km/h (118 mph)
Theta II 2.4 GDi 6-speed automatic
8-speed automatic
188 PS (138 kW; 185 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 24.6 kg⋅m (241 N⋅m; 178 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm
  • 10.3s (FWD)
  • 10.4s (AWD)
195 km/h (121 mph)
Smartstream G2.5 MPi 2020–present 6-speed automatic 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 23.7 kg⋅m (232 N⋅m; 171 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm 10.1s (FWD)
10.3s (AWD)
Smartstream G2.5 GDi 8-speed automatic 194 PS (143 kW; 191 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 25 kg⋅m (245 N⋅m; 181 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,000 rpm
Smartstream G2.5 T-GDI 281 PS (207 kW; 277 hp) @ 5,800 rpm 43 kg⋅m (422 N⋅m; 311 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,700–4,000 rpm
Lambda II 3.5 MPI 2018–2020 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) @ 6,300 rpm 34.3 kg⋅m (336 N⋅m; 248 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm 7.8s 210 km/h (130 mph)
Smartstream G3.5 MPI 2020–present 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp) @ 6,400 rpm 33.8 kg⋅m (331 N⋅m; 244 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm
  • 7.8s (FWD)
  • 8.0s (AWD)
Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 2020–present 6-speed automatic 230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp) @ 5,500 rpm 35.7 kg⋅m (350 N⋅m; 258 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,400 rpm
  • 8.9s (FWD)
  • 9.1s (AWD)
187 km/h (116 mph)
Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi Plug-in Hybrid 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp) 8.8s (AWD)
2.0 R II CRDi 2018–2020 6-speed manual
8-speed automatic
185–186 PS (136–137 kW; 182–183 hp) @ 4,000 rpm 40.8–41 kg⋅m (400–402 N⋅m; 295–297 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750–2,750 rpm
2.2 R II CRDi 193–202 PS (142–149 kW; 190–199 hp) @ 3,800 rpm 45.0 kg⋅m (441 N⋅m; 325 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750–2,750 rpm
  • 9.4s (FWD Manual)
  • 9.3s (FWD Automatic)
  • 9.5s (AWD Manual)
  • 9.4s (AWD Automatic)
  • 198 km/h (123 mph) (Manual)
  • 203 km/h (126 mph) (Automatic)
2.2 Smartstream D2.2 CRDi 2020–present 8-speed DCT 202 PS (149 kW; 199 hp) @ 3,800 rpm
  • 9.0s (FWD)
  • 9.2s (AWD)
205 km/h (127 mph)


In 2021, the new vehicle has full-color head-up display.

The SE model has automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and a driver attention monitor.

The SEL version also has blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Other version has Remote Parking Assist, lane centering and adaptive cruise control.[53]


Calendar year United States[54] South Korea
2000 10,332 20,399
2001 56,017 54,170
2002 78,279 70,288
2003 101,278 77,261
2004 111,447 69,236
2005 68,006 48,432
2006 63,931 50,566
2007 92,421 50,535
2008 70,994 43,291
2009 80,343 58,324
2010 76,680 37,759
2011 74,391 26,096
2012 71,016 63,382
2013 88,844 78,872
2014 107,906 77,689
2015 118,134 92,928
2016 131,257 68,399
2017 133,171 51,661
2018 117,038 42,679
2019 127,373
2020 100,757


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