2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe - Detroit Area

Vehicle Overview

The manufacturer has ensured that the new 2019 Santa Fe builds on what the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offered drivers. In 2018, the Santa Fe Sport was a five-seat crossover SUV with a short-wheelbase while the Santa Fe XL was the larger version that came fitted with seven seats. This article, however, will compare the 2018 Santa Fe Sport with the new 2019 Santa Fe. Glassman Hyundai is a manufacturer-licensed dealership serving Southfield Detroit Waterford. Contact us if you would like to compare the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. Our customer care personnel will guide you on how to book a test drive for the two models and provide the information you need to decide whether to own the new Santa Fe.

Detroit MI - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe's OVERVIEW

Exterior - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe has undergone a major external upgrade, thus giving it a new and more enticing look. The model is now designed to give a bold and aggressive look for drivers without compromising its comfort. It now has a new grille accented chrome bar with tips that have LED lighting. The Santa Fe's sides are now less slab-sided. The car's sides are now curvier and the concave tailgate has unique and appealing LED taillights. The new Santa Fe now offers buyers an extra 2.0 inch of wheelbase, and it is 2 inches longer as compared to the previous model while the width of the two models is almost similar. The model is about 5.3 inches shorter when compared to the three-row crossover 2018 Santa Fe XL. The reduced length is attributable to the absence of a third row.

Detroit MI - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe's Exterior

Interior - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe near Detroit

The 2019 Santa Fe comes with a transformed cabin. It has a lower dashboard that ensures the cabin feels roomier and airier. The LCD touchscreen is raised from the dashboard to give the driver easy access to infotainment functions while the 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen has been replaced by an 8.0-inch touchscreen LCD. The interior of the new Santa Fe has been designed to create a car-like feel rather than the SUV feel in the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. The second row offers an extra 1.5 inches of legroom as compared to what the 2018 model offers, and this will ensure that adult passengers can sit comfortably.

Detroit MI - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe's Interior
Mechanical Performance - Hyundai Santa Fe specs near Detroit MI

The base trim has a 2.4 L four-cylinder engine that is capable of a power output of 185 hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. There is an optional 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the Preferred Turbo Trim level and above that provides more power with a horsepower of 235 and a torque of 260 lb.-ft. A diesel engine is available for the seven-seat Santa Fe in the 2019 model although it was not available in 2018. The 2.2 L diesel engine has a power output of 197 hp and a torque of 322 lb.-ft. The diesel engine is not available for the five-seat Santa Fe.

Detroit MI - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe's Mechanical

The new model also boasts of an 8-speed auto transmission that is more efficient as compared to the six-speed transmission in the 2018 model. Buyers get all-wheel drive as optional for the base trim level but standard for the higher trim levels. The 2018 Santa Fe was available with 2 engine options; a 2.4 L and 2.0 L turbo. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, has two entry-level 2.4 L engines as base engines with higher trim levels like Preferred Turbo and the Ultimate trim fitted with a turbo mill.

Safety - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe dealer

Among the major upgrades that the Santa Fe boasts of in the latest release are the safety features that the model will offer its drivers in 2019. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe now has upgraded safety features that are standard for the base model. For instance, drivers will benefit from a rear occupant alert system that is designed to detect any motion in the rear seats if the driver had left the car. Such motion will initiate actions like honking the horn, sending a notification to the driver through Hyundai Blue Link, and flashing the lights. The model has other standard safety features like rear cross-traffic collision alert, a safety exit feature for monitoring approaching traffic from behind, and automatically locking the doors to avoid a collision. Buyers going for the Preferred Turbo trim level and above get features like an adaptive cruise control, a lane-keep assist, a forward-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, driver attention warning, high-beam assists, and blind spot collision-avoidance assist. The 2019 Santa Fe is expected to get ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS that are similar to what they gave the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Are you interested in comparing the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe? If you are, feel free to contact Glassman Hyundai. We are a manufacturer-licensed dealership serving Southfield Detroit Waterford that will help you own any Hyundai model. Our contacts are available on our website and we will be glad to help you book a test drive for the new model.

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