Upscale styling inside and out; spacious interior; tons of features; available turbocharged power; great crash-test scores
Uneven power delivery from 2.0T engine; can get rather pricey for a Hyundai crossover; lackluster base engine; weak fuel economy
The Santa Fe Sport adds a new Value package. Contents include heated side mirrors, auto up/down power front windows, 7-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat with lumbar, heated front seats, Hyundai Blue Link Connected Car Services, fog lights, roof rails and Proximity Key with push button start. All models see a slight price drop this year. See the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe models for sale near you
Despite its somewhat nonlinear acceleration, our pick would be the Sport 2.0T. The little turbo delivers big performance, and it comes with a lot of standard equipment to boot.
The Santa Fe Sport is offered in base, 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate trims. All offer 2-row seating with room for five passengers. Drivers who want three rows will have to step up to the larger Santa Fe (not the Sport), which is reviewed separately.
Feature highlights for the base Sport ($25,930, FWD; $27,480, AWD) include a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 17-in alloy wheels, LED headlight and taillight accents, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, air conditioning, power accessories, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, power-heated side mirrors, a trip computer, a rearview monitor, Drive Mode Select (adjusts steering feel and throttle response), Bluetooth and a 6-speaker audio system with a 5-in touchscreen, satellite radio and iPod/USB connectivity.
The Sport 2.0T ($32,330, FWD; $33,880, AWD) adds the high-powered 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, dual exhaust outlets, 18-in alloy wheels, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, fog lights, keyless entry with push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an electroluminescent gauge cluster with a color LCD information screen, a 7-in touchscreen audio display with Android Auto, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, a sliding back seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and power-heated front seats with driver lumbar.
The 2.0T Ultimate ($36,630, FWD; $38,180, AWD) adds 19-in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a multiview camera, HID headlights, LED taillights, a panoramic sunroof, memory for driver's seat and side mirrors, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an Infinity QuantumLogic sound system and an 8-in touchscreen with navigation.
The base Sport can be optionally equipped with the above mentioned Value package, or with the Sport Premium packages, which add most of the 2.0T model's standard features. The Tech package adds the standard features from the 2.0T Ultimate.
Optional only on the 2.0T Ultimate is the Ultimate Tech package, which brings adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, lane-departure warning, an electronic parking brake and self-leveling adaptive headlights with automatic high beam.
On the hauling front, the Sport offers 35.4 cu ft. of cargo space behind the back seat and 71.5 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks folded. That's a lot of cubes at this price point. Meanwhile, a properly equipped Hyundai Santa Fe Sport can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 Ford Edge -- The Edge plays in the same "in between compact and midsize" realm as the Santa Fe Sport. The Edge offers more power, but the Hyundai is less expensive.
2018 Kia Sorento -- Distantly related to the Santa Fe, the Sorento lets you have V6 power in a 2-row package and 4-cylinder power in a 3-row package -- two combinations that the Santa Fe Sport can't match.
2018 Nissan Murano -- If you're looking for a Santa Fe Sport with bolder styling, consider Nissan's unusual (but endearing) Murano. The Murano also offers muscular powertrains and a lot of technology.