Since its debut in the year 2000, the Santa Fe SUV has pushed the boundaries of capability with each new generation. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is packed with exciting features, a commanding powertrain, and plenty of passenger space.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is finally here and takes everything drivers in Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown loved about the 2018 Santa Fe to the next level. In this comparison, we at Fred Beans Hyundai will highlight the differences between these two generations. Read ahead to learn more!

2019 Santa Fe vs 2018 Santa Fe: Performance

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe offers one engine in all three of its trim levels. This 3.3-L V6 engine, which works alongside a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, manufactures an impressive 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, introduces two new 4-cylinder engines that come paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. The standard 2.4-L engine focuses on fuel efficiency and achieves a respectable EPA-estimated 22 city / 29 highway MPG1.

The 2019 Santa Fe's second available engine is a turbocharged 2.0-L engine that makes 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Pair either of the 2019 Santa Fe engines with this generation's new HTRAC All Wheel Drive system for maximized traction and control on the road.

2019 Santa Fe vs 2018 Santa Fe: Interior Space

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offers five seats, while the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has room for seven passengers. However, both generations offer plenty of wiggle room with the following dimensions:


2019 Santa Fe

2018 Santa Fe

Front/Rear Headroom

41.2 / 39.4 inches

39.9 / 39.4 inches

Front/Rear Hip Room

57.5 / 56.3 inches

56.7 / 55.4 inches

Front/Rear Legroom

44.1 / 40.9 inches

41.3 / 40.4 inches

Front/Rear Shoulder Room

59.1 / 58.3 inches

59.4 / 58.3 inches

Total Passenger Volume

111 cubic feet

 147 cubic feet

Where the 2018 Santa Fe has two extra seats, the 2019 Santa Fe has an incredible amount of cargo space. Behind the second row of seats, you'll have 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the second row of seats down to take advantage of more than 71 total cubic feet of cargo space. 

2019 Santa Fe vs 2018 Santa Fe: Safety Features

Both the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe were designed with the safety of you and your loved ones in mind. The 2018 Santa Fe introduced wide-ranging active safety features including Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and a Multi-View Camera System.

The 2019 Generation retains all of these incredible features but ups the ante a bit with extra technology like Collision Avoidance Assist and Pedestrian Detection. This updated technology not only helps you predict potential collisions but helps you avoid them, too, with automatic slowing and braking.  

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: The Verdict

No matter which generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe you decide to go with, you'll be taking home one incredible SUV. Experience these vehicles at Fred Beans Hyundai. Shoppers in Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown should give us a call today to schedule a test drive!



1EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition. Some accessories are not available on some models. While the information contained in this website was correct at time of publishing, specifications, and equipment can change. Hyundai reserves the right to change product specifications and equipment at any time without incurring obligations. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment. Specifications apply to U.S. vehicles only. Please contact your Hyundai dealer for current vehicle specifications.

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