Judging from its name, you may think that the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers high performance in a compact crossover class. But actually Hyundai uses the word Sport to distinguish this two-row crossover from his brother, three-row Santa Fe. Budget-saving alternative Porsche SUV, no. But as an easy-to-drive urban vehicle, Santa Fe Sport is satisfying
On the base trim, the Santa Fe Sport price is not too far from popular small crossovers like Honda and Toyota. But a little bigger than both. Four adults will enjoy a truly spacious and well-equipped interior. You can also get many of the features in the Santa Fe Sport, and equipped with various optional luxury features if you want.
Trim Levels and Features
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV offered in three trim levels: Sport, 2.0T, and 2.0T Ultimate. The larger seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe is reviewed separately.
The base Sport has reasonably priced, a modest of standard features and several optional packages to raise the luxury factor. Standard equipment include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, a 5-inch display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and a CD player.
The new Value package adds keyless entry and ignition, foglights, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, Hyundai Blue Link services, a 7-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and satellite radio.
The Premium Equipment package adds the Value package features plus a hands-free power liftgate, rear side window sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a color driver information screen, a power front passenger seat, leather upholstery, slide and recline rear seats.
The Tech package adds the Premium Equipment package plus a top-down parking camera system, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity premium audio system.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T gets a more powerful turbocharged engine, dual exhaust tips, 18-inch alloy wheels, and the Premium Equipment package contents.
Ultimate Tech package for the 2.0T adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, an electronic parking brake with auto hold and lane departure warning.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate adds the Tech package contents plus 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights.
Under the hood, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport base model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. In performance testing, the AWD 2.4-liter variant accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, while the turbo model took 8.4 seconds.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the FWD Santa Fe Sport 2.4 at 24 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway), while AWD rated at (22/20/26). The turbocharged engine at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive. These numbers are below average for the segment.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has cabins that may not be what you’d expect from an affordable crossover. Most materials have a good quality feel and look, while controls and switches are generally simple and easy to use. The touchscreen interface is also very good and easy to read.
The front seats offer good support and comfort, while the rear seats are roomy when compared to competitor models. The interior’s biggest drawback is its visibility, due to the wide rear roof pillars and small side and rear windows.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport roomy interior also has a spacious cargo space, with 35.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a good 71 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is equivalent to the segment leader. Accessing cargo is easy with the available smart hands-free rear liftgate, you just have to stand behind the car for a few seconds with the key fob in your purse or your pocket.
Release Dates and Prices
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has arrive at US dealerships around the country and will compete with the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. Pricing will start from $24,950 to the top range 2.0T Ultimate trim at $37,200.