2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review | Still the Value Leader?
what is up you guys welcome back to another one if you are new to the channel I am gold Pony and today we are in the new
SantaFe courtesy of Jack TM Volvo
Hyundaiin York PA and so I am in this one today guys may already know I do own a
SantaFe it has been rock-solid for me so far it's got around 22,000 miles but a couple fun facts though
SantaFe has been in production since 2001 and it is actually named after the city in New Mexico
SantaFe New Mexico of course ID so today we will be going over everything about this one I'm going to start with the test drive we're gonna go over the exterior interior safety all that stuff and I'm shooting this all on my new camera shot in 4k so I do hope you guys enjoy you guys want to see more new car
reviews feel free to hit the subscribe button that of course is what this channel is all about now what do you say let's go ahead and jump right into it and as always let's start with pricing and so to start trim levels have been adjusted ever so slightly for the
SantaFe there are now three trim levels only first one being the sec starting at 26,000 $995 SEL 428 thousand seven hundred and forty five dollars and lastly the limited starting at thirty-six thousand seven hundred and forty five dollars and by the way that was pricing for the front wheel drive variant if you wanted to add all wheel drive to any of those trim levels simply add $1,700 to any of those prices but when it comes to...
the powerplant there is one standard set up across the board and then there is also going to be one optional set up for the SEL and limited trim levels but so the standard powerplant is going to come from me 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder putting out 185 horsepower at 6000 rpm 178 pound-feet of torque available at 4000 rpm against on two front wheels or all wheels through an 8-speed automatic giving you the mpg numbers 22 in the city 29 highway for the front wheel drive 21 City 27 highway for the all-wheel drive but then there is the optional engine set up being a 2-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder this one puts out 235 horsepower at 6,000 rpm 260 pound feet of torque available at 1400 RPM front wheels or all wheels through an 8-speed automatic once again giving you mpg numbers 20 in the city 25 highway for the front wheel drive 19 city 24 highway for the all-wheel drive what so now having said all of that I did want to mention before we do any kind of accelerations in the
SantaFe there is a drive mode button directly behind the shifter that is going to give you three different drive mode options including comfort eco and sport can tell you I did just put it in that sport driving my wood I figured we had a little hill here and might as well it did immediately downshift for me so it is going to adjust things like the shift points the throttle response and actually to my surprise the steering sensitivity as well so it does give it a little more heavier...
of a weight to it with it in that sport driving mode so I am definitely appreciative of that steering feel actually feels really good in that sport driving modes penny hill since I have now said all of that let's go ahead and do a quick little acceleration test here in the
SantaFe and let's see how quickly we can get this new
SantaFe here up to speed actually that's ooh bad I don't think I've mentioned it yet we do have the 2.4 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder so it's not like we even have the turbocharged engine but it's not bad you're definitely gonna have a little bit more fun with the turbocharged engine but shouldn't have any issues with merging onto the highway or anything like that but so then to go along with that as always braking is equally important why did the windshield oh I'm sorry guys the windshield wipers just came on there was a little sprinkle of rain and of course we have rain-sensing windshield wipers I'll get more into that later but breaking field is definitely fine no issues with coming to a stop in the
SantaFe and even in mine I can tell you the braking feel is definitely on point one of the best things about the
SantaFe there's no spongy or squishy braking field brings the scent of a dacoit a quick stop there but touching on suspension and handling a little bit up front you're gonna find a McPherson strut front suspension with gas field dampers and a stabilizer bar in the back a...
multi-link rear suspension with gas filled shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar once again and like I'd previously mentioned when it comes to the steering field there actually is quite a noticeable difference between the driving mode so for me I would personally leave it in that sport driving mode just simply alone for the steering feel because it is a much heavier way to it it just feels better to me you might have a different opinion but if you take it out of that sport driving mode the steering feel is relaxed a bit more so if that feels better for you have at it and as far as ride quality goes definitely no issues there the
SantaFe has been soaking up Pennsylvania's road imperfections quite nicely so far been touching on cabin noise a little bit very very quiet ride the only thing I have been hearing is the floor mats wrapped in plastic in the back a little bit but other than that it is an extremely quiet cabin partly due in part because it does have an acoustic laminated front windshield so that is gonna absorb a lot of the sound coming from the exterior into the cabin so definitely quite nice when it comes to cabin noise and then touching on visibility here I can see perfectly fine out the back honestly definitely no issues there and in this size SUV you're really not gonna have any issues when it comes to visibility but but the
SantaFe doesn't stop there it goes one better with a head up to splice a forward visibility is equally on point and looking...
at my speed right now as well as some safety information up there and it also displays the speed limit of any given road if you were actually on a road as I am not right now in a parking lot and again also contributing to visibility is those rain-sensing windshield wipers I've been mentioning so cool thing about them they may scare you at first if you're not used to them but when it starts to drizzle even the windshield wipers will automatically turn on so you don't ever have to worry about turning them on manually that is kind of a cool thing it's kind of like automatic headlights it's something that I think should be standard on most vehicles out there it's quite nice that's it but anyways that is about it for the driving portion of this
reviewlet's make our way into what's new now on the
SantaFe and then move on to the exterior interior and then go to safety and so touching on what's new in the
SantaFe the entry-level se actually loses a few safety features including the blind spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert both of which though are now standard on the SEL and limited sliding second roof seat is also dropped for the SE trim level end SEL plus and ultimate trims no longer exist obviously because I already went over the churn levels but se also gains a blind spot me ride s because of the loss of the blind spot information system possibly and the limited trim actually adds a blind view monitor this is...
probably one of the coolest features I first noticed when I started driving this one when you turn on the turn signal whether left or right turn signal and actually displays a blind view monitor I guess you could say directly in the middle of the digital gauge cluster that is pretty cool because it does let you see very clearly if somebody is in your blind spot if you were to try to merge lanes on the highway or something like that you would be able to easily see if somebody was beside you so it kind of prevents accidents that little feature there so gotta love that but now let's make our way to the exterior on this one alright so starting up front and my personal opinion to
SantaFe does have a very aggressive looking front end accented by these LED daytime running lights which actually do come standard on all trim levels definitely more of a aggressive appearance with this very narrow lighting setup there so got to be a fan of that just below that for the SE SEL trim levels you will find their headlights and this will be jumped up to the current LEDs that you're looking at right now if you do go with a limited trim level whose LEDs are actually optional on the SEL if you wanted to go that route however automatic feature will come standard on every single trim level meaning when it starts to get dark out those headlights will turn on automatically for you there and fog lights going back a little bit here fog lights just below will come standard on the SEL and limited...
trim levels and you will actually get LED fog lights that you're looking at right now again if you go with the limited trim level so overall definitely a very nice look to it
Hyundaisignature front grille that you find and all of their vehicles now definitely looks good up there and one more thing I wanted to mention just beside the headlights here you do have some air pockets if you guys could see that actually helps direct air around these side wheels here so kind of an aerodynamic cue to get a little more efficient aerodynamics there but now let's make our way to the side a little bit first thing you are going to notice up top there you do have some roof rails see if I can zoom in on that there so roof rails are actually going to come standard on the SEL and limited trim levels you will get rear privacy glass for all trim levels and chrome window surrounds once again for all trim levels and also one dimension let me go to the back here there is a shark fin antenna that will also come standard on every single trim level so that is going to be found up top of course and when it comes to those side mirrors they are body colored power adjustable side mirrors they will competed for the SEL and limited trim levels and if you go with the limited that we have today here you will find LED integrated turn signals as well continuing the LED theme for the limited trim level I got to love that but zooming out a little bit let's take a look at the wheel setup here 17 inch...
alloy wheels will come standard with the SE and SEL trim levels however if you want with a limited that we have today you are looking at 18 inch alloy wheel since actually there are going to be 19 inch alloy wheels if you went with the turbocharged engine and that's regardless whether it be the turbocharged engine with the SEL or the limited what the wheel setup definitely looks very nice with the
SantaFe that we have today here but but then another thing I wanted to mention is all of this satin chrome finishes found on the
SantaFe here let me show you guys let me get a little closer here so you guys can see kind of satin chrome on the door handle that actually continues down below here that is satin chrome on the side there as well definitely a nice little accent there another little accent to those door handles though is at night at least you're not going to be able to see it now is there our door handle welcome light so it's kind of going to illuminate that door handle so if you are in a pitch-black atmosphere you will be able to actually see where the door handle is you can get into the cinema but now let's make our way to the back you will find a rear spoiler with an integrated brake light as you guys can see right there rear window wiper can be found just below siming out a little bit LED tail lights they're actually going to be found on the limited trim level that is the only term that is going to give you LED tail lights standard so they...
definitely have a nice design to them almost a 3d effect so definitely like the way they look back there and just below let's zoom out a little bit here just below you will find a single exhaust outlet with a chrome tip so think you guys know what we have to do next as we always do here is that exhaust clip it's open now since we are round back to actually open that rear hatch there is a button on the key fob and simply press that if you like but there is a hands-free liftgate if you want with the limited trim level that we have today that is going to be optional on the SEL but what hands-free is definitely a plus if you have your hands full of groceries or whatever that is gonna allow that rear liftgate to open up without you actually having to do anything so that's a quite nice feature but once opened up cargo capacity is gonna come in at thirty five point nine cubic feet if you wanted to fold down that second Road that bumps it up to seventy one point three cubic feet and it did wood also mentioned there is some rear floor storage in that cargo area as well there's also rear grocery hooks back there there's a 12-volt power outlet and actually there's some buttons as well to fold down that second row seats and if you do fold down the second row seats cubic feet 'no scums it at seventy one point three yes i know that's not a word I'm just joking there but it's definitely always nice to have buttons to actually fold down those receipts...
but making her way to the rear legroom forty point nine inches is what the rear legroom comes in at for reference I mean even six feet tall this is how much space I had back there definitely plenty of room for me so no issues there if the rear passengers look forward they will find rear air vents also there's going to be a rear center armrest with cupholder also one dimension since we have them today the rear sunshades that you're currently looking at they are optional for the
SantaFe and that is one thing I wish I had in my own
SantaFe because if you have a newborn that is definitely going to help protecting them from the Sun gleaming into their eyes so your newborn is not squinting when the Sun is not the best angle so rear window Sun shades are definitely a plus also when to mention this speaker design it kind of has a Freedy effect to it so got hold of the speaker design and I'll get more into that later but making your way to the front seats cloth surfaces will come with the SE and SEL trim levels you will find leather surfaces with the limited however there's leather surfaces will be optional on the SEL if you wanted to go that route SEL trim level actually is going to add an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and we'll give you heated front seats as well up there then if you want with the limited you will find ventilated front seats that will be added as well as thigh extensions that is something usually find in luxury vehicles like...
mercedes-benz and BMW but you do have by extensions actually for a little added comfort on the
SantaFe limited that is definitely pretty sweet but looking forward there is a tilt and telescoping steering wheel will come leather wrapped for the limited that leather wrap steering wheel is going to be optional on the SEL also if you want with the limited you will find a heated steering wheel for the super cold days in Pennsylvania then make our way to the start up let me first start by showing you got us a key here you do have your
Hyundailogo on the one side end when you flip it over lock unlock and again that button to pop the rear hatch but it is actually all keyless entry with a push button start if you want with the SEL we're limited trim level at least but since we do have that today all I am going to do is simply put my phone on the brake here and press that engine start button let's open that once started up tachometers all the way on your left fuel gauge is going to be on your right and in the center front and center there will be a digital display I love the digital display on the
SantaFe here so this digital display is gonna give you a bunch of different things you can actually look at including the drive modes that's the probably the coolest thing because it actually changes the color of the digital display that sport mode is going to give you a red hue smart mode is gonna give you blue and actually smart comfort they're gonna be the...
stillthe sport mode gives you a nice red hue so that's pretty cool also it's gonna tell you if you're in driver park or whatever but you can actually control what is on that digital display by using the steering wheel mounted controls on the right side there it's gonna give you different things like safety features you can display a digital speedometer up there if you wanted to which is what I have it on right now it's also gonna tell you how many miles you have left until you hit empty and there's gonna be a compass up there and plenty of other things as well actually that you can scroll through so quite a very nice digital display up there not quite as nice as the full digital display found in the palisade now but definitely a fan of what we have here in the
SantaFe but now let's make our way to overall interior quality there is dual zone climate control here Wireless phone charger actually just in front of the shifter that's definitely nice homeland controls can actually be found on the rear view mirror and that is up to three different garage doors if you have three garage doors so that's definitely pretty cool panoramic sunroof is gonna come with the limited that is what you were looking at right now so that fully extends into the rear seats so those rear passengers have a view of the sky as well but I gotta be honest perhaps my favorite part about the interior quality the interior trim really on the
SantaFe I've never...
ever seen this on any other vehicle even luxury vehicles a lot of times they'll have black anthracite headliners that is pretty cold but black is black that's kind of boring it's getting boring in my opinion but the texture and the color of the headliner in this
SantaFe is kind of a mixed mixed color of Browns and tans so it's a little bit of everything but I love that is not one single flat color it's a little bit of a mixture I've never seen this at a vehicle and I was very extremely excited that was the very first thing I noticed when I got into
SantaFe because it's the little details that mean so much and again I've never seen that on any other vehicle I've
reviewed to this date and I've
reviewed nearly 400 cars so it is definitely quite nice but continuing on up top here you will find an overhead sunglass holder there is some LED lighting up there as well and I do like how the trim kind of continues from the dash into the doors there is a nice line there and yes I do know that it is plastic but it does look good so very nice finish there just above the passenger side glove box there there's actually a little cubby with a rubberized bottom so those passengers may be able to put maybe a cell phone in there and against it has a rubberized bottom it's not gonna slide around too much as far as the glove box goes it is a decent size it would be kind of cool to see maybe an aluminum trim on the handle its kind of tie in with the...
aluminum trim around the infiniti speakers I'll get into that in a second but just in front of the shifter there you also will find plenty of hookups for any kind of device really you got your 12 volt power outlet USB aux port another USB port for the passenger I suppose again that Wireless phone charger you have two cupholders just behind that and there is actually an electronic parking brake that comes with the
SantaFe as well as well as a auto hold button so if you are stuck in traffic and you didn't feel like holding your foot on the brake simply press that auto hold button and you won't have to worry about that anymore just behind that there is a little bit of a storage area just behind the cupholders and again that has a rubberized bottom so things don't slide around and just underneath the armrest there is a pretty deep display got a little there as well so that is definitely nice so overall a very nice setup when it comes to the interior of the
SantaFe but now let's touch on the tech display a little bit when it comes to
Hyundai's tech displays they're always on point they are very easy to use 7-inch color touch screen display is going to come with the SE and SEL trim levels you will get an 8 inch color touch screen display however if you want the limited so that is actually what you're looking at right now of course Bluetooth and audio your streaming will come standard either way as well as Android auto and apple carplay even with...
the base trim level it's definitely nice because Android auto and apple carplay that is going to give you free navigation through your smart phone all you need to do is simply hook your phone up to the
SantaFe via USB cable and then you can have free navigation again you can also actually stream Pandora you can like and dislike your Pandora songs up on that screen that's always pretty nice you can also check out your climate control up there as well as your radio settings and by the way when it comes to the sound system you will find six speakers with the SE and SEL trim levels if you want with the limited you will find a 12 speaker infinity sound system so that is actually the one we have today so you guys know we have to do next as always let's go ahead and turn on the radio see we got playing today and let's test out the clarity of this one yes there is a ton of bass in the infinity sound system crystal clear definitely more than enough of a sound system for the
SantaFe without a doubt but so the last thing I wanted to mention on that tech display lease is when you do put the
SantaFe in Reverse every single trim level will give you a rear view camera however if you went with the limited trim level that we have today again you will get a 360-degree view surround view camera that is going to give you several different camera angles as well so you could see directly behind you kind of the rear quarter the left rear corner also just below you so you can...
see that you don't run over maybe a kid's bicycle or something like that and overall the 360-degree camera works very well also when to mention is when I did just put it in reverse the side view mirrors did tilt down once again so you could see what is besides you can make sure maybe you're in between the lines in a parking lot that is definitely quite nice as well but as always that is going to lead us into safety and said there will be front side in side curtain airbags also latch it can lower anchors tethers for children for the rear car seats tire pressure monitoring system will also come standard but for every single trim level you will also get plenty of advanced safety features including forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection lane keep assist driver attention warning and adaptive cruise control even on the base trim level that is amazing SEL trim level is also going to give you a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and lastly the limited is going to add that blind view monitor with rain-sensing windshield wipers which we have been using all day today on this lovely weekend here in Pennsylvania ain't stupid anyways that is about it for this one you guys thank you so much for watching apologize for all the rain sounds in this video I can't help mother nature what can I say but anyways feel free to follow me on social media at the bottom of the screen there if you enjoy car
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