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HYUNDAI Santa Fe Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 10
First production year: 2000
Engines: Hybrid gasoline, Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
 

2020 - Present

After just three years on the market for the fourth generation of the Santa Fe, Hyundai revealed the facelifted version in 2020. It brought new features and new technologies for their mid-size SUV. The Korean car-manufacturer brought the facelifted model just in time for the 20th anniversary. The achievements got to the car in the past two decades transformed and evolved the Santa Fe from a c...

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hybrid gasoline engines:

  HYUNDAI Santa Fe 1.6L T-GDI Smartstream 6AT (178 HP)

gasoline engines:

  HYUNDAI Santa Fe 2.5L GDI Smartstream 8AT (191 HP)

  HYUNDAI Santa Fe 2.5L T-GDI Smartstream 8AT (277 HP)

2018 - 2020

With great success with the past Santa Fe models, Hyundai revealed the forth generation in 2018. The new model brought a more modern design given by the sharper lines. The 3-row SUV was a good match for larger families with a great mix of features and comfort for an affordable price. The Santa Fe could accommodate up to 7 passengers and was available in three trim levels: the SE, SE Ult...

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2018 - Present

Hyundai Motor America's new Santa Fe model was introduced at the 2018 New York International Motor Show. The Santa Fe SUV is the fourth generation and comes with a new interior and equipped with cutting edge technology. The Santa Fe offers three engines: a 2.4-liter GDI engine with 185 hp (136 Kw) or a more powerful engine with a 2.0 liter turbocharger with 235 hp (173 Kw, estimated). And t...

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2016 - 2018

While not part of the category's leaders, mostly because of the lack of name recognition, the Santa Fe offered nearly as much as the premium brands offered, for a lower price. Besides offering seating for 7 with the 3rd extra row, the Santa Fe was well equipped even in its standard version with alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and dual-zone automatic climate c...

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2016 - 2018

The third generation Hyundai Santa Fe got through a restyle in 2016 which modified its bumpers, headlights, grille, and rims, making the car look more crisp and modern. All Hyundai Santa Fe powertrains now offer new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers...

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2012 - 2016

The third generation of the Santa Fe moved on from a dull appearance into a bolder look with a big grille on the front. But it kept its original values for affordability and comfort. It had seats for up to seven passengers and features that could be found in more expensive SUVs on the market. The Santa Fe was a reliable car according to JD Power surveys and in proper color choice, it looked m...

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2009 - 2012

Hyundai introduced the second generation of the Santa Fe in 2005 in South Korea and, two years later, on foreign markets but by 2009, it had to update the SUV to comply with the Euro 5 emission standards. The Korean carmaker had a tough time when it tried to enter the SUV segment. While the first Santa Fe generation was characterized mostly by being dull, the second generation grabbed more at...

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2006 - 2009

Hyundai introduced the second generation of the Santa Fe SUV in 2005 for the Korean market but unveiled it for the rest of the world after the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Hyundai was an already known player in the SUV market thanks to the Tucson and Santa Fe's first-generation. These were built for those who didn't like the MPVs but needed more room than a regular ...

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2004 - 2006

Hyundai took a bold decision and introduced the first generation of the Santa Fe SUV in 2001 as part of its plan to expand on all car segments. While the customers were looking for experienced 4x4 builders such as Nissan, Toyota, Jeep, or Ford, the newcomers such as BMW, Honda, and Volvo were trying hard to make their way onto the market. Hyundai built the Santa Fe, but neither its design tea...

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2000 - 2004

It was the dawn of a new era for the Korean carmaker: it entered the SUV segment with a bold statement shown in the form of the Santa Fe. The world was ready to take the next step and trade the MPV for the SUV vehicles, which proved to be more trustworthy in snowy conditions. It was a new trend, and slowly, many carmakers that didn't have any experience in that domain took the light off-...

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