The current, fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe arrived for the 2019 model year as the replacement for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The newest Santa Fe is wider and longer than the model it replaced and has also the more spacious and stylish cabin. The Santa Fe is also handsome and comfortable while riding. The five-passenger crossover offers also modern connectivity and safety systems as standard equipment and buyers can also choose between non-turbo and turbo powertrains.
The Santa Fe is one of Hyundai’s recently redesigned or all-new models and represents the brand’s rival for the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and GMC Acadia. The model takes position between the larger, recently all-new Palisade model and smaller Tucson which should be all-new for the 2021 model year.
As for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, the model will return with no significant changes. A year after the arrival of the new generation Santa Fe, Hyundai made just some changes in the equipment grouping and there will be a similar outcome with the 2021 version.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Design
The fourth-generation, two-row Santa Fe is the rebranded Santa Fe Sport but slightly larger and more aggressively styled. The three-row Hyundai Palisade replaced the previous seven-seater Sane Fe.
For the recent redesign, the Santa Fe adopted the brand’s newest design language previewed by the Kona SUV. The new model is about three inches longer and taller than the previous Santa Fe Sport. The body of the model is squarer than before and new front and rear fascias make the new identity for the new generation.
The model gets attention with the large, upright grille with the chrome stripe running above and separating two-tier headlight setup. The creased hood, thigh profile lines and sharp roofline contribute also to the model’s appearance. The rear section uses also sharp lines, chrome inserts, roof-mounted spoiler and attractive taillights to get attention.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue with the same styling attributes as the current version while it will offer new color and wheel options. The base variant will start with 17-inch alloys and larger 18- and 19-inch wheels will appear in the upper grades.
The cabin of the recently all-new Santa Fe is also modern and more comfortable than before. The curvy dash with a high mounted center display is modern and there is also an attractive instrument cluster.
The Santa Fe comes also with comfortable seats and competitive cargo capacity. The model provides up to 71 cubic feet of cargo with rear seats folded or 35,9 cubes behind the second row.
The next Santa Fe will also come well-equipped from the base version and standard equipment will include alloy wheels, LED DRLs, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and six speakers. The next trim will add fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, upgraded information display, etc.
If you spend more money, the model will also include leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front and rear seats, larger infotainment display, premium sound system and more.
The model will equip also modern safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, etc. with some systems available by default.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Powertrains, MPG
Buyers will again pick between the non-turbo or turbo engine and between front- and all-wheel drive. The 8-speed automatic transmission will be in the combination in any case.
The base 2.4-liter non-turbo four-cylinder engine will make 185 hp and torque of 178 pound-feet. Switching to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit will free 235 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The base engine with the front-wheel drive will manage 22 mpg city and 29 highways. With power available on all wheels the fuel economy will drop to 21/27 mpg city/highway. With the turbocharged unit under the hood, one should expect 20 mpg city and 27 highways.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Release, Price
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will enter the new model year with no significant upgrades and the price should also stay close to the current range. The Santa Fe starts from around $25, 800 and climbs close to $40, 000 in the best-equipped version.
The 2021 Santa Fe will appear at dealer lots in the last quarter of 2020. The refreshed version is expected for the 2022 model year.