2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Review


Hyundai does it again in 2020, creating the most well-rounded crossover with the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe


The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe offers owners a stunning and sophisticated 2-row midsize crossover with a solid feel and impressive standard warranty. The 2020 Santa Fe fills the gap for drivers seeking the perfect medium between a compact and midsize SUV. The Sante Fe leads the pack when it comes to content, opposed to its midsize and crossover competitors. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a host of standard driver assists and numerous luxury features such as ventilated front seats, a Surround View monitor and a massive panoramic sunroof.


Hyundai continues to create the most well-rounded models each year, and 2020 was no different. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe sports handsome styling along with numerous other features to make it an appealing, right-sized SUV for many looking for compelling value and a lengthy warranty.


What’s new for 2020 opposed to previous Sante Fe’s?

So what really is new for the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe? The entry Santa Fe SE loses a few standard safety features such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert (these are both available on the next trim up.) The sliding second-row seat is also dropped, as are the SEL Plus and Ultimate trims. The SE gains a driver blind-spot mirror, while the Limited trim adds Hyundai’s Blind View monitor.


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Standard Features & Options

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. The "2.0T" versions indicate they have the optional turbocharged engine.


Standard equipment on the SE includes 17-in alloy wheels, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind spot mirrors, a driver inattention warning system, a backup camera, automatic headlights and high beam control, rear privacy glass, a height-adjustable driver’s seat (includes 2-way power lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, cloth upholstery, a 7-in touchscreen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


The SEL adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Safe Exit Assist, fog lights, proximity entry and push-button start, an 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, upgraded gauges, satellite and HD radios, and Blue Link emergency and remote communications services.

Optional on the SEL are two packages and the 2.0T turbocharged engine. The Convenience package adds ultrasonic rear occupant alert, 18-in alloy wheels, a hands-free liftgate, acoustic side glass, dual-zone automatic temperature control, manual rear sunshades, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system and a wireless device charger. The Premium package must be ordered with the Convenience package and brings a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, LED fog lights, leather seating and an 8-way power passenger seat.


The Limited comes with ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an 115-volt outlet, an upgraded driver’s seat with thigh extension, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind view monitor, an 8-in touchscreen and integrated navigation.


A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is optional on the Limited and SEL and includes 19-in wheels and a trailer tow package. AWD can be added to any trim.


Safety in the 2020 Hyundai Sante Fe

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with an unmatched amount of standard safety equipment: six airbags (front, front-side, side curtain), anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, a driver inattention warning system, and a backup camera. SEL and higher trims bring even more features such as lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.


In testing by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2020 Santa Fe got the best-possible rating in all crashworthiness, crash prevention and headlight categories. It was named a Top Safety Pick+.


Fuel Economy

The 2020 Santa Fe comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on every Santa Fe regardless of engine, while all-wheel drive is an option. Fuel economy with this engine is 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving. AWD lowers those figures to 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined.


The Santa Fe Limited and SEL trims can be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces a far more capable 230 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy goes down to 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined with FWD and 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined with AWD.


Wrapping Up The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Review

Compared to previous years, the 2020 Santa Fe handles bumps better than previous models. The standard driving mode options help adjust steering effort, and throttle and transmission responses. The ride quality is excellent for a compact midsize/SUV crossover.


The interior of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is attractive and the materials are fantastic. The low dash helps visibility and makes this SUV feel a bit less cumbersome to drive. The Limited’s brown leather and convincing "wood" trim that wraps behind the dash elevates the cabin to a luxury level compared with its price — not all rivals can boast that. Of course, Hyundai’s infotainment tech is abundant and easy to use.


The space in the 2020 Santa Fe is astounding. The back seat is spacious and reclines to a generous degree. Cargo space is generous at 71.3 cu ft. with seats lowered and 35.9 cu ft. with them raised, but there's an enormous under-floor storage bin that can be used to store an abundance of items.


Hyundai’s 2020 Santa Fe hosts superlative safety credentials, abundant and easy to use infotainment technology, handsome exterior and interior details, large area and cargo space, extra-comfortable back seat and a lengthy warranty, making it the premiere choice for a midsize crossover SUV.