The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $26,275 in the US, $29,249 in Canada
Value, styling and space are some of its major attractions.
The Santa Fe is expected to get a facelift for the 2021 model year.
The current Hyundai Santa Fe is only about two years old and already it’s slated for an apparently quite considerable update. The competition in the midsize SUV segment is ferocious and staying one step is important. That being said, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is worth a serious look.
There are four Canadian trims, all of which can be fitted with AWD. The base Essential model is the only one that can be motivated by the front wheels only – an unpopular option. In the US, there are five versions of the Santa Fe, all of which are FWD as standard and can be optionally equipped with AWD, including the $37,875 Limited 2.0T model.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine. Also available is a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that generates 235 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. All feature an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most popular midsize SUV in its segment that includes the likes of the Honda Passport, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Acadia, Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee and others.
What The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Does Well
The Santa Fe offers an impressively spacious interior, perfectly adapted for most small families. The trunk is capacious and can hold up to 1,016 litres or 35.6 cu.ft. of gear.
True to form, the Hyundai Santa Fe is very well equipped from the most basic version. This is especially true in Canada where the base model features heated front seats and steering wheel, on top of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch display, and far more.
Although not exciting to drive, the Hyundai Santa Fe displays an on-road behaviour that is comfortable and comforting all at once.
This could go either way but the 2020 Santa Fe’s styling is certainly unique which makes it stand out in the Costco parking lot.
What The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Doesn’t Do So Well
Fuel economy sits at top of priority lists for most consumers. The Santa Fe’s average disappoints at 22 mpg or just shy of 11L/100km.
Unfortunately, the available turbocharged 2.0-litre engine does not provide real performance advantages. Without it, the 2.4-litre improves fuel mileage by 2 mpg or drops the average by 1L/100km.
As stated, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe’s design, albeit original, will instantly date it, and will probably not age very gracefully.
Depreciation does strangle the Santa Fe’s resale or trade-in value. Make sure you properly plan your intentions when taking delivery of a new Santa Fe.
What We Tell Our Friends About The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
The best way to summarize the Santa Fe is that it is very average. In fact, it’s not the best at anything in particular but it’s still an attractive option.
Even in the value game, where it once stood head and shoulders above the competition, it has lost ground to others as they’ve caught on that more features for less can actually sell units. It remains to be seen how far exactly the 2021 model year facelift will bring to the Santa Fe.
In the meantime, we’d steer family and friends towards the Honda Passport, or possibly into a Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.