2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, XL, Redesign, Release date

Fans of the popular Korean crossover can expect no bigger changes for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. Those are the latest reports that we are getting and they sound perfectly fine. Simply, the current generation of this mid-size crossover has been around for just a couple of years and it is still early for some updates. Most likely, we will have to wait for another year or two for the mid-cycle update.

Despite we won’t see any particular change for the next year, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will be a great choice for buyers who are looking for a well-designed crossover. The Santa Fe is spacious but also efficient. It also offers a long list of tech features, while we really like the fact that the infotainment system is very easy to use. Of course, there are some drawbacks as well, such as smaller cargo area compared to rivals, weak base engine etc.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Redesign

In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue with the design that has been introduced in 2018 and which has brought some pretty interesting design solutions. The current model looks significantly sportier compared to previous generations, and that’s what we really like on this crossover.

Still, keep in mind that despite the aggressive look, this isn’t exactly a sporty crossover. Moreover, there are several much better choices in the class, if handling, driving dynamics, and similar things are your priority. On the other side, those who are looking for a quiet and comfortable machine will find a great companion in the model.  The ride is smooth, while we also like more than a decent fuel economy.

When it comes to changes on the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, we can see nothing but minor yearly updates, in terms of new color options and similar things. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

The inside of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe won’t bring any particular change either. We are about to see a familiar cabin layout, which made a huge step forward compared to the previous generation. The new model features pretty upscale cabin design, which is characterized by attractive aesthetical solutions and pretty fine materials, particularly on the dashboard.

The cabin is quite spacious and both rows offer more than enough room in all aspects. Therefore, the Santa Fe accommodates five adult passengers with ease. On the other side, things aren’t that good when it comes to cargo capacity. The cargo area is smaller compared to most rivals. There are 36 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the overall capacity goes up to 71 cubic feet.

Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

On the other side, the thing we really like is the sound insulation, which is great and keeps this crossover quiet even at highway speeds.


This is the aspect where we can always see some updates, particularly in terms of tech features. Still, keep in mind that the current model is already well-equipped in this aspect and that all models come standard with things like a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto etc. Higher trim levels offer even more, including things like a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and many more.

The same thing goes with safety, where 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe could come with a couple of novelties. Still, most of the things should remain the same. The current model comes standard with things like rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, and lane-keep assist. The looks pretty good, but higher trims offer even more. The list of available features includes things like rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines

You may count on two familiar engines in the offer for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. Base models will continue with a familiar 185-hp four-cylinder engine. It’s not the most attractive choice you can make and the best you can get from it is a decent daily driver. Still, the overall impression is much better once you see mpg ratings, which are some of the highest in the class. This model returns around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those who look for something peppier can pick the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 235 horsepower and delivers much better driving dynamics.

Hyundai Santa Fe Rear

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe in typical time, sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 26.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Honda Passport, Ford Edge, Chevy Blazer etc.

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