Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel 2020 review, Ultimate Test Drive; upgraded texture and fascinating space performance!

In this article, you will get detail about Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 review of following things:

  1. Appearance design
  2. Body structure
  3. Interior structure
  4. Gearbox
  5. Air-conditioning system
  6. Seat Arrangement
  7. Manual handle
  8. Loudspeaker protection
  9. Easy-Fold
  10. Speed
  11. Weight
  12. Handling performance
  13. Price
  14. Specifications


In recent years, the sales performance of SUVs in China has been quite hot. Consumers can choose from more and more models. In addition to the most visible mid-size SUVs, there are also small crossover SUVs and the introduction in this article 5 + 2 seat SUV; spread out the list of models sold in China, there are also many options for 5 + 2 seat SUVs, the domestic car camp has Mitsubishi Outlander and Luxgen URX, and some imported cars within 2 million Skoda Kodiak, VW Tiguan Allspace, Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorrento, and Hyundai this test drive make a big change to Santa Fe 2020.

Compared with the standard 5-seater SUV, the main reason for buying a 5 + 2-seater SUV is space functionality. Considering the situation of a large number of family members, occasionally when the whole family needs to travel, it can be used. Better terrain adaptability is different from MPV models that also have excellent spatial performance.

You can also check the complete interior review in this video.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 review

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 review

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 can also be regarded as an old face in China. In 2001 its first-generation model was released. The domestic general agent was introduced and sold as an imported car in 2004. In the initial period, there were 2.7-liter and 2.4-liter gasoline-powered configurations. By 2007, the second-generation Santa Fe produce and sell in a domestic way for the first time and providing both gasoline and diesel engine power. Then the third-generation Santa Fe also continued the status of a domestic car. And was introduced; into production in 2014 with a total of 2.4 liters of gasoline and 2.2 liters of the diesel Power system.

As for the fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 for this test drive, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it was unveiling. After that, the general agent announced that the fourth-generation Santa Fe will no longer produce domestic models, and will be imported and sold by import. It is planned; that the 2.4-liter petrol 4WD and the 2.2-liter diesel 2WD are three-tier models, and the prices are 12.99 million, 13.99 million, and 1.499 million yuan, respectively.

Appearance design

Appearance design

In the beginning, I introduced several product highlights of the fourth-generation Santa Fe. The first is the appearance design. The current group design director Luc Donckerwolke is from the Flowserve Group. He once led the design of Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Flying Spur, and other models. Looking at the appearance of Santa Fe, you can find that the overall shape is more refined than previous washing chains, including the hexagonal honeycomb mesh water tank cover, separate headlights, 3D stardust effect LED taillights and other parts, as well as the interior using 3D bay-style design. Outfitting, the appearance looks rich in sportiness, and the streamlined body lines will not make people feel bulky.

Next, driver assistance is equipp with facets. The fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 is equipp with the Hyundai Smart Sense system as standard. It integrates an intelligent active distance maintenance system with Stop & Go function, an LVDA front car departure reminder system, an FCW forward-collision warning system, there are six airbags in the entire vehicle, including the active braking assistance system in front of FCA, the LDW lane departure warning system, the HBA intelligent high beam switching system, and the DAW driving fatigue warning system.

Body structure

In addition to Hyundai Santa Fe 2020, in terms of body structure, the fourth-generation Santa Fe uses The hot-stamped steel has an average tensile strength of 14.3% higher than that of the previous model, and the torsional rigidity of the vehicle body has also increased by 15.4%. The sound insulation material of the entire vehicle has also been strengthening.

Body structure

The large water tank cover with separate headlights on both sides has become the family style of the recent Hyundai RV models. The general agent has introduced models with a single grade of diesel and two grades of gasoline. Currently, the car color is provided; in total “copper earth” (this backtest Driving car color), “Storm Blue”, “Early Snow White”, and “Ochre Black”.

The function of the upper light group is LED daytime running lights and positioning lights. The headlights are actually located below. The arrangement methods are projection dipped beam lights, high beam lights, and direction lights. Currently, Santa Fe’s entire car headlights use halogen light groups. If you can upgrade to LED headlights, it will be more in line with the mainstream configuration.

The shape of the steering light shell is quite streamlining; with chrome window frames and metal roof frames, the overall visual texture is quite standard.

The 18-inch aluminum rim is standard on diesel models. The original tire size is 235 / 60R18 and the model is Hankook Ventus Prime3.

The taillights are very eye-catching. The original factory calls them “3D stardust effect”, and the recognition is quite high when lit.

The exhaust tailpipes of the diesel models are designed with single-sided double-out, and the gasoline models are with single-sided single-out, which can be used to distinguish the models. In addition, the lamp group below the bumper is the rear fog lamp and reversing lamp assembly.

Hyundai Santa Fe interior


Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 review of interior specs are the following:

The interior of Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 is decorating in two colors of dark camel, with a 3D three-dimensional bay-type console design. In Hyundai Santa Fe interior, it surrounds the cabin with a large area, and with a large area of ​​the front glass, it creates a very good cabin view. I think this is an essential design link for SUV models. Compared with the Hyundai Santa Fe interior of the previous model, the fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe interior is a new texture and has improved a lot, the leather texture and fineness are excellent, and the actual riding comfort of the seat is also very good.

Interior portion

The operator interface settings of the driver’s seat are easy to use. The right side is used to control functions such as fixed speed, ACC function, and dashboard menu. The left side is used to control audio and call functions, but there is no configuration of steering wheel shift paddles.

Santa Fe speed

In the Hyundai Santa Fe interior portion the center of the instrument panel is a 7-inch LCD screen, and the display mode can be changed as the driving mode is switched. For example, the Comfort and Smart modes are the blue backgrounds in the photo, with a standard speedometer.

The background of the ECO mode is green. You can notice that the speedometer displays numbers with the hands. In addition, the 30km / h and 50km / h scales are marked in red to remind the driver to maintain a speed range that saves fuel.

Sport mode is based on red, at this time the throttle reaction and transmission shift logic will become more lively.

Hyundai Santa Fe Gearbox


The gearbox is equipped with an eight-speed manual automatic exhaust system and is one of the main evolutionary items of the fourth-generation Santa Fe.

There are electronic hand brakes (with Auto Hold function), driving mode switching, idling stop function on / off, and steep slope descent system.

Santa Fe floating LCD

The center console is equipped with a 10-inch floating LCD monitor host. The audio and video multimedia system is a Taiwan-specific version. It has built-in networking, audio, navigation, and Bluetooth communication functions. It is a pity that the mobile phone only has a mirror function and no Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Air-conditioning system

The air-conditioning system is a dual-zone constant temperature type (with the third row of independent air conditioners), and various functions are easy to use.

Hyundai Santa Fe Air-conditioning system

Below the center console is 12V, two sets of USB and one set of AUX-IN. The storage space is just right for the mobile phone.

The buttons on the rear of the steering wheel are used to adjust the brightness of the instrument panel, the angle of headlight illumination, the lane departure warning, and the opening and closing of the electric tailgate.

The glove box is equipped with lighting, the connection cable is attached to the multimedia host, there is an open space above, and there is a slip pad design inside.

The material of the canopy and sun visor is covered with a woven fabric made of similar recycled materials. The actual texture is not bad, and it matches the camel interior.

The blind spot system on the inside of the A-pillar is a domestic add-on. If a car coming behind is detected during a turn, a warning will be issued to remind the driver to pay attention.

The four groups of power window buttons are designed for one-button lifting.

The speaker guard mesh above the door is quite special, with a three-dimensional design similar to the gravel style.

Seat Arrangement

Hyundai Santa Fe Seat Arrangement

The support of the front seat is quite good, and the front end also particularly strengthens the leg support. The foam inside the seat is soft and hard, and the comfort is quite high.

A quick adjustment button is set next to the off-hand seat, which can adjust the tilt angle of the front and back of the seat and the back of the seat to make more room for the back seat passengers.

The rear seat also has good comfort performance. In addition, it can be seen that the floor is flat, which can greatly improve the leg space.

There is storage space under the rear seat air outlet, and there are two sets of USB jacks for the convenience of rear-seat passengers.

Hyundai Santa Fe back Seat Arrangement

We asked a colleague with a height of 177 cm to demonstrate the space. The front deputy seat has been adjusted to his usual sitting position (reserving about 1.5 fist space) and then to the rear. The head has a good space performance and the knee performance is not bad.

The rear seat also has a forward-backward sliding function, which can increase the legroom of the third-row passenger. When the second-row seat is moved to the front, the passenger’s knee almost touches the front seatback.

Santa Fe Hyundai cup holder design

The back of the second row of seats also tilts backward, and the angle can be adjusted according to passenger habits and needs.

The central armrest has a cup holder design.

Manual Seat handle

Hyundai Santa Fe Manual Seat handle

The manual handle on the side of the seat can tilt the seatback forward or adjust it backward. On the other side, there is also an “Easy Touch” quick forward and backward device, which automatically moves forward when you press the rear seat It also leans forward for easy access for passengers in the third row.

Since it is a 5 + 2 seat setting, it means that the third row of seats is only occasionally useful. Therefore, the seat itself is generally comfortable and the leg support of the seat needs to be strengthened, but I think that Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 review is worth mentioning in the design, because the seating position of the third row of seats is not particularly high, unless the passengers are more than 180 cm tall, there will not be a situation where the head touches the roof. The second row The seat itself has a forward and backward sliding function, and the front and rear space can also be adjusted according to the riding needs.

If the second row of seats is adjusted to the rearmost position, a colleague with a height of 177 cm will face no legs. Therefore, it is recommended to ride on a person who is shorter (or move the second row forward) shift).

Although the third row of seats has a short seat surface, the length and width of the seat back are sufficient, and cup holders and storage compartments are set on both sides.

There is also an air-conditioning system next to the third row of seats, which can control the air volume through the knob, and a set of 12V jacks is attached.

Loudspeaker protection

The loudspeaker protection net design of the rear door is similar to the front door. The cup holder and storage space are also planned below.

Santa Fe Loudspeaker protection

When sitting in the third row, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 130 liters and can only be used for small luggage.

A hidden space is planned under the luggage compartment floor, and the luggage compartment partition can be cleverly stored here.

There is still a space for disposal, and the tire replacement agent replaces the traditional spare tire configuration.


There is an “Easy-Fold” second-row seat release button next to the luggage compartment. After pressing it, the second-row seat can be tilted straight forward.

Santa Fe Hyundai Easy-Fold

After the third row of seats was added to the floor, the luggage compartment volume increased to 547 liters, and the floor flatness was also quite good.

The second row of seats was then tilted forward to flatten the luggage compartment volume to 1625 liters, which greatly improved the ability to carry items. Overall the Hyundai Santa Fe interior is much better than its last model.

Invite another colleague with a height of 180 cm to step into the demonstration space, which proves that the luggage space is really excellent. If you do not need it, you can directly put bicycles and other items to go out to play; (or spread an inflatable cushion that can be directly on the Overnight in the car).

The electric tailgate can be adjusted in height according to the needs of the user.

Hyundai Santa Fe dynamic performances

After the evolution of the fourth-generation model, you should be curious whether Santa Fe’s various dynamic performances have improved, but in addition to the driving experience, I think that the 5 + 2 seat SUV must take into account the riding comfort and the road texture to be alone. And all the music is a balanced good performance.

Turbocharge engine & Speed

Santa Fe Turbocharge engine & Speed

From the perspective of power specifications, the Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 diesel model tested this time is equipp with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel turbocharge engine with a maximum power output of 200ps and 44.9kgm. In fact, this is the same power configuration as the previous generation Santa Fe. Even the output numbers are the same, but the biggest difference between the two generations is the gearbox configuration.

The fourth-generation Santa Fe is upgraded; to an eight-speed manual automatic exhaust system. In addition to having better power connection performance, it is also actually; reflected in fuel consumption numbers. The average fuel consumption of the fourth-generation Santa Fe diesel version is 16.1km / L, which is better than the previous generation’s 14.9km / L with a six-speed manual gearbox diesel model. I also feel that there is progress in terms of acceleration smoothness.

Hyundai Santa Fe Weight

Fe Weight

Santa Fe ’s empty car weighs 1846 kg. If you add passengers and fuel, it is almost a total weight of 2 metric tons. With a power output of 200 PS and 44.9 kgm, it is not particularly expected to have outstanding performance. The overall setting is biased towards comfort and smoothness. Starting from a static state, there will be no obvious back feel even if you step on the accelerator, but after the speed increases, you can find that the acceleration force can last for a period of time, and it will not make people feel that the body in the case of being too heavy and unable to move, I feel that the throttle is light and the acceleration process is effortless.

On the other hand, I feel very much. The new generation of Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 is particularly strengthening in terms of sound insulation quality, and the rigidity of the car body has also been significantly improved. Therefore, the road quality and sound insulation performance are satisfactory, and the sense of high level is increasing.

Handling performance

In terms of handling performance, it is not Santa Fe’s strong point. Because the suspension system is set slightly soft; you can feel that the vehicle’s center of gravity is; focused on the front when cornering. In addition, the car is set as the front-drive. Understeer will occur, but after familiarizing with the characteristics of the chassis of the car, reduce the speed slightly to face the same mountain road. In fact, comfort and stability are good. Overall, Santa Fe is not a sports SUV, but requires ride comfort and road quality.

Hyundai Santa Fe Price

The new generation of Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 is; sold by import, its price is $25900 USD, but its price is similar to that of the previous generation of domestic models. In addition to maintaining the same settings for the power system, other features include gearboxes, body rigidity, and sound insulation quality. The performance of the cockpit texture and appearance design is also obvious to all; on the other hand, it also adds driving assistance systems that conform to the current mainstream. This car has also achieved excellent performance after crash tests such as EuroNCAP and IIHS; except that some small places are not equipp, with LED there is still room for improvement in headlights, surround-view systems, wireless charging, etc. In the 5 + 2 seat SUV range, Santa Fe is still a balanced and excellent option.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Specifications review:

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Specification review is following

Engine type: Inline four-cylinder DOHC 16V diesel turbine

Displacement: 2199c.c.

Engine maximum horsepower: 200ps / 3800rpm

Engine maximum torque: 44.9kgm / 1750 ~ 2750rpm

Drive mode: Front-wheel drive

Transmission type: Eight-speed manual self-

braking Structure: Four-wheel disc brake

front suspension structure: McPherson with anti-roll bar

rear suspension structure: Multi-link with anti-roll bar

Tire specifications: 235 / 60R18

Body size: 4770mm x 1890mm x 1705mm

Wheelbase: 2765mm

Vehicle weight: 1846kg

minimum turning radius: 5.71m

fuel tank capacity: 71 liters

domestic selling price: 1.499 million yuan (1.299 / 1.399 million yuan for 2.4-liter gasoline version)

Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Specifications review:

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