What will you choose between 2-rows 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T or go big and get the three rows midsize SUV known as the Palisade?
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review
The Santa Fe was the first SUV that Hyundai created for marketing in the US. It was back in 2001, and now this 4th generation of the Santa Fe hit dealerships just last year as a 2019 model.
It’s exciting because we feel like all the neat things of Santa Fe have been lost. Due to all the confusion of the policy. But if you don’t want a midsize 3 row SUV, then the Santa Fe is the vehicle to pick.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: Exterior
Hyundai created something unusual by parting the headlight from the rest of the lighting with two distinctive housing.
|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe front exterior with grille, emblem, and headlights|
So, you will have your daytime running lights and the other full of LEDs at the top. But at the bottom is where you will have your LED beam projector headlights. Maybe at first, you didn’t like this because it looked like it attached to a Jeep Cherokee. However, when you look closely, this is more like a brand identity for Hyundai.
You have functional side air curtains and lower LED fog lights, some flat black at the bottom, and nothing is too thick or sticks out too far.
You’ll like the cascading grille design with some brushed aluminum-type accent and a forward-facing camera.
A flat black down below and a little bit of silver give this SUV unique styling, especially with the chrome black piece that extends from one side to another.
The front fascia’s design into the hood looks attractive, with the middle area like drifts off to the a-pillar looking very sharp and giving a lot of personalities.
|Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Limited|
At the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe trim limited, you will get a combination of 19-inch wheels and machined aluminum gloss black. However, its styling will not surprise you. But, this looks harmonious with bright colors like lava orange.
On the fender, you’ll see a beautiful sharp line all the way across and around into the driver’s side door, matching on the passenger side door color and mirror caps with a little bit of gloss black.
You have some cameras built into the mirror housing, chrome trim around the top and bottom, and a lovely flat silver on your roof rails. Also, you’ll like a little touch of the Hyundai badge on the lower side of the door, a dark chrome trim along with the lower sill high, and a very prominent beltline to the rear quarter window.
No doubt, the way Hyundai flare out the trim looks very elegant.
At the rear, you got a subtle flat low roof spoiler and Santa Fe badge 2-liter turbo. But don’t let the two-liter annoy you because it’s got plenty of power!
Maybe you don’t like the fake vent in the lower area, and Hyundai should bring it down to meet the flat silver. But, the silver flat looks good on the rear bottom.
You have one single exhaust on the passenger side. But, honestly, it will be better if they had two. You will love slash-cut and the way it tapers down into the front fascia because it digs dark chrome around the lighting at the lower portion of the rear fascia.
Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2020: Engine
Underneath the hood, you have a 2-liter inline-four turbocharged engine, which generates 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft torque feet. It’s all made it through an 8-speed automatic transmission, so there’s CVT in Hyundai Santa Fe.
|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe engine|
The weighs around 3,600 pounds, and the drivetrain is front-wheel drive. But, you can get an optional all-wheel-drive. Hyundai Santa Fe accelerated from 0 to 60 in about 7.2 seconds, MPGs around 21 in the city and 27 on the highway. It looks nice because, underneath the engine cover, you have the turbo mounted closer to the firewall.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: Interior
If you compare Hyundai Santa Fe to the Palisade, the main question is that “Do you need to go that big if you don’t need to?”
- Door panel
You will love the trim with a granite pattern on the door panel.
The armrest has lovely soft leather with contrast stitching.
You can have an optional Infinity sound system with an excellent speaker cover design. Also, you have a place for your snacks, milk, etc.
You get dash setup soft material, and the stitch work is excellent. Also, you got your king-size Snickers slot, and you’ll see granite material, and it looks like it splits the two levels. You’ll like the iPad-style infotainment system screen, 8-inch touchscreen navigation with Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. So, you got all the excellent features with smooth swipe action.
|Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 front interior, steering wheel, driver seat, and dashboard|
You got a 360-degree camera and trajectory plus. So you could go into other cameras to look out the passenger side, the driver’s side, or you could go back to looking all the way around. The camera control system is super easy to use.
- Other Control Buttons and Connectivities
You have a bright silver start/stop button and dual climate control, easy to use. Besides, you’ll get ventilated seats, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and then wireless charging. You’ll find enough connectivity like 12-volt wireless charging, USB, and aux jack.
- Key fob
The key fob is very tasteful with the protective condom on it. Also, you got the protective wrapper buttons on the back with a gentle touch and easy to use.
- Center Storage and Armrest
You have two cupholders, and the flat black is lovely. You have an 8-speed automatic control lever, camera control, and various drive mode buttons. You’ll like the stitching around it, you get a soft armrest, and when you open it, you’ll get enough place with a portable box to put your small items.
|Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 paddle gearshift and cup holders|
The seats look good in a lovely color. You’ll like the two-tone paint, the stitch work is excellent, and they’re heated and ventilated and, of course, full electric assist for passenger and driver.
The panoramic sunroof is very lovely, and you’ll like the headliner. It’s almost like a gene material. Hyundai shows you something different and unique.
- Behind the wheels
You got power assist, and you’ll like the beautiful aluminum panel with “Santa Fe” written on the sill. Also, you have plenty of room. The steering wheel has a nice thickness but a little bland on the horn button. The silvers are lovely, and you have some flat black on the buttons. Hyundai’s virtual cockpit is eye-catching. You’ll love the graphics in the seven-inch display.
|Hyundai Santa Fe dashboard and control display|
You could toggle through a plethora of information. You’re going to get all of your safety features, an analog tech, fuel and cooling gauge, and all information in the center, which is a lovely touch.
However, the auto-dimming mirror is not frameless. But other than that it is enjoyable and very comfortable.
The best part is you have tons of room in the back seat area. The beautiful thing is Hyundai doesn’t try to push the three rows production. Instead, they make a two-row SUV, so you get plenty of room.
|Hyundai Santa Fe interior and back seats|
At the backs of the seats, you’ll see the plastic flat and a cute little pocket where you can put some small stuff. In the center, you have your cold AC or the excellent heat coming out of the vents. Also, you do have two USBs and a home power source.
|2020 Hyundai Santa Fe AC vents for 2nd rows passenger|
The seats are charming with a panoramic sunroof. But the armrest is a little firm. However, you do have two cupholders that are nice.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: Cargo Space
How much space you have in cargo space? You have an excellent and electric-assist and rapid opening, and everything is nice and flat.
The seats are going to do the 60/40 split. Also, you have a lovely 12-volt system. You get 37 cubic feet of space and an emergency items holder on the side.
|Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 cargo space|
Underneath, you have two additional storage spaces. Door number one is some storage place and a jack, and behind door number two is where you’re going to want a party. You could fill up all the snacks here, and it’s like you got to have a secret door knock to get a rear-seat to fold down very quickly.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: Specs and Trim Prices
- SE: $26,125
- SEL: $27,875
- SEL 2.0T: $34,725
- Limited: $35,875
- Limited 2.0T: $37,275
Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: Drive
You have three separate driving modes, they are:
What’s remarkable is the digital display, a 7-inch virtual cockpit changes color and styles. Also, you can change the information, like you can put the speedometer or whatever you want in the center.
The engine sound is super smooth and very quiet in the cabin. The visibility out the back is phenomenal, and you’ll like the weight of the steering.
You do have a heads-up display, and it’s crazy to think if there are so many other brands that try so hard to make an SUV like Hyundai Santa Fe, and they fail! Yet people aren’t noticing because they’re all about the Palisade. Don’t forget if you have 8-speed drops down, turbocharged, plenty of power, and it’s super smooth.
So, you’re not waiting for the boost because you got an actual automatic transmission. Is it perfect? However, some people don’t love the iPad-style control panel because it comes up a little high. But with the split level dashboard, it isn’t as bad as you think.
You got ventilated seats, wireless charging, more connectivity, and the cameras when you turn single and display it to you in the middle of the virtual cockpit! It is excellent because you have technology that you’re just not seeing on other vehicles that cost so much more than the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.
The steering feels good with a nice weight, and there are no paddles on the steering wheel. It does have manual shift mode, and you can do it with the shifter.
But it will be better to leave the paddles off the back of the wheel. So, there’s no reason for it, and it cleans up the whole steering wheel.
You’ll love the camera that comes up. No matter what side you put your turn single, blinker on, the camera view so clear, it’s like you can watch TV on the virtual dash. The visibility is excellent. Eight pillars are so thin and pulled right out of the way.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T does hit the sweet spot if you don’t need to go “full” mid-sized SUV or 3-row like Palisade.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.