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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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$30,950 — $41,400 MSRP
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6-7 Seats
19-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • V-6 performance
  • Panoramic moonroof available
  • Underfloor storage
  • Third-row access

The Bad

  • Third-row comfort
  • Over-shoulder visibility
  • Cargo room behind third row
  • Road noise
  • Interior quality
  • Advanced safety features part of expensive package
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
  • New name for Hyundai's three-row SUV
  • Seats six or seven
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 3.3-liter V-6 engine standard
  • Hands-free power liftgate available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

Renamed for 2019, the three-row Santa Fe XL — formerly known as the Santa Fe — seats six or seven people in three rows. The SUV has a standard 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and the Santa Fe XL can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. (Hyundai is launching a new three-row SUV, the Palisade, for the 2020 model year.)

What’s New on the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

Besides the name change, the Santa Fe XL's available navigation system has a faster processor, a Favorites hard key and subscription-free traffic and incident data.

What Features in the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Are Most Important?

Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and LED daytime running lights. Also standard is a sliding and reclining second-row bench seat and a split, folding third-row bench. The second row can be equipped with captain's chairs, which drops the seating capacity to six.

An available Tech Package bundles adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, among other features. Other available features include a hands-free liftgate, leather seats, a heated steering wheel and an Infinity premium stereo.

Should I Buy the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL?

The Santa Fe XL's standard V-6 engine performs well, but third-row comfort is lacking and the interior is showing its age. With the Palisade set to arrive in the summer of 2019, Hyundai will soon have a new three-row SUV. If your car shopping situation allows, it might be worth your while to wait for it to arrive so you can see the two side by side.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
26 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Outstanding Safety & Comfort!

by Mary from Ooltewah on May 10, 2019

We have been looking at SUV's for months now, and been to Many dealerships, and have dealt with a lot of Sales Personal. SEAN was the ONLY one who did and OUTSTANDING JOB in finding exactly what we ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfort, good looks, functional displays and safe.

by Meangene from Rock Spring, GA. on May 10, 2019

Great value, Joy to own. Accommodation for 4 grown people of average size. Safely features are extraordinary. Designed for the comfort of all passengers. Can't say enough good things about this ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Santa Fe XL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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