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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior

Headlights
G

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2019
G
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2018
G
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2017
G
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2019 model year. The Santa Fe has 2 rows of seats and replaces the model called the Santa Fe Sport, which was sold during the 2013-18 model years. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 15 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 3-4 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,769 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1808
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 15
Left toepan (cm) 10
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1808
Head
HIC-15 262
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 1.9
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.70
Right 0.38
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 65
Right 94

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2019 model year. The Santa Fe has 2 rows of seats and replaces the model called the Santa Fe Sport, which was sold during the 2013-18 model years. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Structure

The passenger space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 15 cm at the rightmost portion of the toepan. Maximum upper interior intrusion measured 6 cm at the dashboard.

Passenger injury measures

Forces on the dummy's head were high when it hit the dashboard through the frontal airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Driver injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,761 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1819
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Footrest (cm) 15
Right toepan (cm) 7
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 6
Right lower dash (cm) 6

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1819
Head
HIC-15 563
Peak gs at hard contact 83
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 24
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 1.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.45
Right 0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 61
Right 58

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1819
Head
HIC-15 169
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.31
Right 0.25
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 0.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 33
Right 49

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2019 model year. The Santa Fe has 2 rows of seats and replaces the model called the Santa Fe Sport, which was sold during the 2013-18 model years. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,983 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1813
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1813
Head
HIC-15 198
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.36
Maximum tibia index - right 0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 53

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2019 model year. The Santa Fe has 2 rows of seats and replaces the model called the Santa Fe Sport, which was sold during the 2013-18 model years. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,613 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1813
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-13.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1813
Head HIC-15 121
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.72
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 70
A-P moment (Nm) 21

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1813
Head HIC-15 187
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.34
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 114
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,715 lbs
Peak force 18,681 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.03
Tested vehicle
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) -1
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.1
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 369

Applies to 2019 models

System details

  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 4wd

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
G
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right and gradual left curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and gradual right curves and inadequate on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the gradual left curve and on the gradual right curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • SEL Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
G
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 133.1 m 0.7 %
Straightaway left edge 70.5 m 0.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.1 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 161.9 m
Straightaway left edge 154.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.6 m

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • SEL Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 90.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 40.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 52.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 41.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 42.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 162.1 m
Straightaway left edge 117.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 54.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.4 m

Applies to 2019 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 87
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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