In 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe went through a significant redesign that brought in a striking new front end, revamped lighting, updated safety equipment, and more. With the paint still fresh on this redesign, we expect the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe to continue unchanged.
The new-generation Hyundai Santa Fe introduced a bold face with striking LED headlights and signature lighting. Down the sides, this new crossover brought in a headlight-to-taillight character line. Around back, it boasts sharp LED taillights, a new bumper, and more. This new generation also brought about the elimination of the Santa Fe Sport name, making this smaller model the standard Santa Fe. The three-row model became the new Santa Fe XL. We expect this to all remain the same in the 2021 model.
Inside, we expect the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe to continue with the same look and feel as the current model. This will include a dash with plenty of horizontal lines to make it feel roomier, angular air vents for a sportier appearance, a glare-reducing floating infotainment screen. Buyers will have the option of a two- or three-row cabin to fit every size family.
We also expect its standard interior features to carry on unchanged. If this is the case, the base Santa Fe will carry on with standard cloth seating, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, dual front and rear 2.1-amp USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
Under its hood, we expect no changes, so look for the 2021 Santa Fe to roll in with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will pair with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
The current Hyundai Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” rating in all crash tests and “Superior” rating in forward crash prevention with its standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. To reach Top Safety Pick+ status, though, you must opt for the available LED projector headlights. Other standard safety equipment includes rear-seat alert, lane-keep assist, driver-attention warning, hill-start assist, and more. We expect this to all carry on unchanged in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.