9 hi-tech features in the 2019 Hyundai SantaFe

It’s become an icon for Hyundai in Europe for almost two decades. Now a car packed with state-of-the-art technology, the 2019 SantaFe is a model for the modern world.

The fourth generation of the popular model, the first SantaFe was first launched in 2001 and is the foundation stone for Hyundai’s SUV success. Along with the Tucson and recently joined by the Kona, Hyundai’s lineup of SUVs have sold almost 1.5 million vehicles across Europe.

Named after the capital of the state of New Mexico, the SantaFe is Hyundai’s longest-running European model and is built in the world's largest car factory in Ulsan, South Korea. The 2019 SantaFe had its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

2019 Hyundai SantaFe

The all-new SantaFe sports an updated design taking a nod from the Hyundai Kona, with a revamped front section characterised by Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and slim LED running lights. It has evolved from its predecessors in terms of both its design and engineering.

Along with its bold new look, the 2019 SantaFe has been winning admiring glances from the media for its upgraded tech and safety features. With the latest in cutting-edge safety features, this is a model that now makes advanced SmartSense technology available to everyone. According to the manufacturers, the SantaFe offers innovative and industry-first active safety features.

Here are nine hi-tech features to take note of in the 2019 SantaFe.

1. Head-up display (HUD)

HUD technology uses augmented reality to relay information on a transparent display within the driver’s eye line so that they don’t need to avert their eyes from the road. In the SantaFe, data will be displayed directly on the windshield.


HTRAC is derived from the words Hyundai and Traction and is based on AWD or All-Wheel Drive technology. It actively adjusts the driving power distribution to all four wheels to achieve optimal balance on any kind of road conditions, including wet surfaces, bumpy or curvy roads.

3. Child Lock Release Function

If your child tries to open the rear door, when in risk of an accident, the door remains child locked with a warning alert relayed. Safe Exit Assist temporarily keeps the rear doors locked if a vehicle is detected approaching from behind. The 2019 SantaFe even includes a Rear Occupant Alert which will sound the alarm and flash the lights if your little friends have managed to hide in the back.

4. Tailgate guideline

With an alert, the SantaFe will let you know if the rear of your car is too close to the wall stopping you from opening the boot. It’s the little things that help, like when your hands are full of shopping.

5. Remote Window Control

How many times have you gotten out of your car only to remember you’ve left the window open, especially when the heavens have opened? With the 2019 SantaFe, after you leave the vehicle, windows can be closed remotely by pressing the remote key lock button for just over three seconds.

6. RCCA - Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

The system sounds a warning in case of the risk of a rear collision from crossing vehicles while reversing and automatically brakes. Similarly, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist uses radar technology to detect the distance to the car in front and brakes automatically to avoid a collision.

7. Advanced Smart Cruise Control

With ASCC, the driver can maintain a constant, pre-set distance behind the car in front of them. The SantaFe uses sensors and a forward-facing camera to follow the vehicles ahead, and if they slow, it will automatically brake or even come to a complete stop, thanks to Stop & Go.

8. Front Car Departure Alert

If you’re briefly distracted and take your eyes off the road while in traffic, the SantaFe will signal an alert if the car in front pulls away from an intersection.

9. Driver Attention Warning

DAW in the 2019 SantaFe is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents. The system analyses behaviours like steering angle and the car's positioning and will issue an audio sound and message on the display panel to grab the driver’s attention.

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