It’s easy to overlook the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe among mid-size crossovers. But it’s a practical and satisfying choice. The interior of this Hyundai SUV is spacious and well-equipped, with ample storage space. Although the Santa Fe is not the fastest or most fuel-efficient crossover of its kind, it is quieter while cruising and much more enjoyable to drive than many other options. It has excellent safety ratings and offers one of the best warranties for its powertrain. Although the 2020 Santa Fe is not as well-known as its flashier counterparts, it has many positive aspects that far outweigh the negative.
What’s new for 2020?
The Santa Fe lineup will see minor updates in 2020. These include reshuffled content. Base SE and mid-level SEL models include a standard Rear Occupant Alert to remind owners to check their back seats. The SEL comes with more standard driver assistance (blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and many more). Wireless charging is now available on all SEL models that come with the Convenience Package. Premium doorsills are now available on the Limited model. It also features dark-chrome exterior trim and a Blind-View Monitor. This monitor displays the vehicle’s blind spot within the digital gauge cluster. It activates when the turn signal is activated. The 2021 model year will see a refreshed Santa Fe.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
We believe the Santa Fe is a mid-sized crossover that offers solid value. The mid-level SEL model, which we like best, also represents this. For those who desire all-wheel drive, $1700 will be required. Although the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine runs faster, it costs $6850 more. We would stick with the 2.4-liter four cylinder, but we love the SEL’s best standard features, which include blind-spot monitor, heated front seats and passive entry, power adjustable driver’s seat, rear cross traffic alert, and more. The Convenience package unlocks the most sought-after options of the model. This package includes dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. It also features wireless charging for your phone, an upgraded audio system, and wireless phone charging.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The Santa Fe 2020 is available with either a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, or a more powerful 235-hp turbocharged 2.0 liter. Each engine is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard front- or optional rear-wheel drive, and an unobtrusive eight speed manual transmission. However, neither engine performed well in acceleration tests. Both engines provided enough thrust for driving around town or on the highway, and they never gave out a dull roar when you press the gas pedal. The Santa Fe was comfortable and stable in everyday tasks, and provided enough steering feedback and agility to satisfy drivers who like driving. For those who are looking for more excitement, the Chevy Blazer and Honda Passport will satisfy.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The Santa Fe’s four-cylinder engine may be different, but the EPA predicts that the SUV-sized midsize SUV will get between 20-22 mpg in cities and 26 to 29 mpg highway. Models with all-wheel drive are also less efficient than front-drive counterparts. On our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, we tested both powertrains and found that the base engine produced 29 mpg and the turbocharged one 27 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Hyundai interiors are more known for their quality build and useful features than for their edgy designs or upscale materials. The Santa Fe still has an appealing cabin with a range of modern options, including a digital gauge cluster and head-up display, heated rear seat, ventilated front seat, and many other features. The most notable feature is the generous passenger space in both rows, which can be a boon for long road trips. We were able to fit 15 bags in the Santa Fe’s back, and another 18 into the Santa Fe’s rear seat with the folded down seat.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Every Santa Fe is equipped with a top-of-the-line touchscreen, which includes desirable features and user-friendly controls. You can enjoy standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as wireless charging and a 12-speaker, 630-watt audio system.