When it comes to the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, things can get tricky. There is some name changing going on here! The Santa Fe Sport that comes as a 5-seater will now just be called the Santa Fe and IT is actually the one that had a complete upgrade. The Santa Fe that was known just as the “Santa Fe” that had three-row seating, will become the Santa Fe XL and it was not redesigned for the new year. Now, that we got that out of the way, let’s dive in to see some key differences between the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, formally the Santa Fe Sport, and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
The exterior on the 2019 Santa Fe is more muscular and designed similar to the 2018 Hyundai Kona. It has a bolder and more upright grille, the sides are less flat and more curvaceous, and the headlights are sharp. It definitely is more visually pleasing than the 2018 version. The 2019 Santa Fe is also longer and has 2 extra inches of wheelbase compared to the 2018 Santa Fe.
The whole cabin design in the 2019 Santa Fe is transformed. It also has an overall airier appearance. The dashboard was lowered, and the touchscreen is more out and up at a good eye level. The new Santa Fe is also more roomier which is something everyone can love. There is an extra 1.5 inches of second-row legroom (your passengers will thank you). The overall cargo space for the 2019 and 2018 Santa Fe are the same.
When it comes to the engine, the 2019 Santa Fe will have the same engine as the 2018 Santa Fe. However, there are different trim levels and available options are different. It comes standard with the 185-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine. The overall handling of the vehicle has been improved, and it has more stability and comfort while driving.
The 2019 Santa Fe comes standard with Hyundai Smart Sense safety technologies. This is something that is not available in the 2018 Santa Fe and one of the important differences. Safety features included in the Hyundai Smart Sense include: automatic high beams, forward collision avoidance assistance, blind spot monitoring and safe exit assist. Carolina Hyundai has a wide selection of Hyundai models, and the Santa Fe has always been a fan favorite. We make sure that we have plenty in stock just for you! We also have a friendly team of experts that can to assist you in making the decision of which Santa Fe style or year would be best for your needs.
At Carolina Hyundai, we make you the priority. We pay extra care to your needs and desires and do our best to have you drive away with a smile on your face. We would love for you to stop by our showroom located at 2431 N. Main Street in High Point. Or you can give us a call at (866) 824-7081 to schedule your personal test drive! Come join the Carolina Hyundai family today.