The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe gains new safety features and revised trim levels aimed at delivering more content for the money. The compact crossover line was totally redesigned last year.
All Santa Fe models now come with a rear occupant alert system, designed to prevent leaving children or pets in the car. The line-topping Limited receives a blind-view monitoring system that displays the blind-spots on the instrument cluster when turn signals are activated. As part of equipment repackaging, the Ultimate trim has been dropped.
Choosing Your Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe covers substantial market territory with its five trims levels: SE, SEL, SEL 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. Pricing starts at $26,995 including destination for the SE and goes to $38,595 for the Limited 2.0T.
The Santa Fe's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is typical for this class – strong enough, but not exciting. Snappy performance can be had with the available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which powers the SEL 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trims.
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All-wheel drive is available on all trims for $1,700, while all models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Despite its compact footprint, the Santa Fe offers ample room for five passengers. Head room is especially generous at 41.2 inches in front and 39.2 inches in back. There's 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 71.3 cubic feet with it folded. Both figures are solidly above average for this class.
Every Hyundai Santa Fe comes nicely equipped with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear occupant alert, automatic high beams, and a driver alertness monitor.
The SEL and above carry blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe exist assist, which alerts passengers to approaching vehicles when exiting. SEL 2.0T trims and higher get rear parking sensors, while the Limited adds a surround-view camera system and the new blind-view monitor.
The Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The Santa Fe features a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two front and two rear USB ports. Starting at the SEL trim level, the Santa Fe gets wireless device charging and a 12-speaker Infinity sound system. Limited models add an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a head-up display.
The Santa Fe SE comes with all the basics, including Bluetooth, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The driver seat gets power lumbar adjustments, which is a nice standard touch. There are no factory options for the SE (besides AWD), so buyers with a taste for something more will have to advance to at least the next trim level.
The SEL adds a handful of features: a 7-inch driver information display, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, proximity key entry, push button start, heated side mirrors, fog lights, and Hyundai's Blue Link connected services.
The $2,250 Convenience Package furnishes a bundle of useful upgrades, including rear parking sensors, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, wireless charging, a hands-free power liftgate, and more.
With those features in place, buyers can top off their SEL with the $2,750 Premium Package, which adds leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way power passenger seat, and full LED lighting.
The SEL 2.0T gets the more powerful turbocharged engine, along with mandatory 19-inch wheels. The features from the Convenience and Premium Packages are now standard, which accounts for the substantial jump in price.
The Limited reverts to the standard engine, but retains all of the other goodies. In addition to the aforementioned safety and connectivity features, it also includes ventilated front seats with driver memory, four-way lumbar support for the driver's seat, and heated rear seats. The Limited also wears dark chrome exterior trim and premium door sill plates.
The Limited 2.0T combines all available comfort and convenience features with the turbocharged engine. All-wheel drive drive remains optional, but everything else comes standard.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers a lot of equipment for the price at each trim level, so they're pretty equal in terms of value. For buyers interested in luxury, we recommend skipping the SEL's option packages and advancing straight to the Limited instead.