With the newly redesigned Santa Fe, the larger 7-passengers version get a name change to avoid confusion. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is larger than its 5-passenger siblings, although next year the Santa Fe XL will be replaced by a larger 8-passenger model. But what you need to know is that the Santa Fe XL offers plenty of power, space and comfort, with the latest safety and technology features that make it keep competing with new SUVs such as the Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia and Volkswagen Atlas. With attractive prices and a 100,000 mile/10 year powertrain guarantee, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL remains a family favorite.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is a six- or seven-passenger midsize SUV that’s offered in SE and Limited Ultimate trim levels. Buyers will appreciate the Santa Fe XL SE multi-adjustable front bucket seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, a rearview camera and 3rd-row controls for air conditioning and heating. Its infotainment system features a 7-inch display, Hyundai’s Blue Link communications, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate gets luxuries like electroluminescent gauge cluster, push-button start, leather seating — power-adjustable and heated front seat, heated 2nd-row seats, Multi-View Monitor and an 8-inch-color navigation touchscreen. As usual, Hyundai 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties cover all the Santa Fe XL.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL offering only one engine and transmission. It’s a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is optional. In front-wheel-drive models, the Santa Fe XL feels powerful, with good throttle response, smooth pickup and strong acceleration. However, the heavier all-wheel-drive version could do with some more low-end grunt to get moving.
In testing, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is average for the class. At top of that, the Santa Fe XL is comfortable towing up to 5,000 pounds of boat, trailer or anything else you’d like.
3.3-liter V6 with 6-speed automatic
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/25 mpg (FWD) and 18/24 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The SE model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $31,895 (all prices include the $1,045 destination fee). The Santa Fe XL range-topper is the Limited Ultimate, which starts at $40,595. All-wheel drive is offered for an additional $1,750. If you load up an AWD Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate with every option, you’ll still spend less than $45,000.