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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Standard system
Superior
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 4-door 4wd

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 on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

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

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 4-door 4wd

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 on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

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

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T 4-door 4wd

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 on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant 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

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 2wd

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 on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,715 lbs
Peak force 18,681 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.03

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
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

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Junction Turning Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2021-22 models

Superior
Superior
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

System details

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Junction Turning Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2021-22 models

Superior
Superior

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 20 mph.

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 37 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision. A warning was issued 1.9 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 5 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim; built after December 2020
  • Calligraphy trim; built after December 2020
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Calligraphy trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021-22 models built after December 2020
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 94.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 63.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 77.6 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.7 m 48.4 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.6 m 7.1 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 183.4 m
Straightaway left edge 156.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 85.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 83.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 59.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • SE trim; built after March 2021
  • SEL trim; built after March 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Excessive glare

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

The low beams created excessive glare.

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

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the sharp right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021-22 models built after March 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.1 m 48.8 %
Straightaway left edge 55.8 m 48.8 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.7 m 21.9 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 54.8 m 148.0 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.5 m 45.2 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.1 m 69.7 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 120.4 m
Straightaway left edge 78.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 79.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 72.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.1 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim; built before January 2021
  • Calligraphy trim; built before January 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Calligraphy trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021 models built before January 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 103.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 62.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 69.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 175.3 m
Straightaway left edge 140.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 82.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 78.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.8 m

Trim level(s)

  • SE trim; built before January 2021
  • SEL trim; built before January 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021 models built before January 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 73.4 m None
Straightaway left edge 43.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.1 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 40.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.1 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.1 m
Straightaway left edge 119.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.3 m

Trim level(s)

  • SE trim; built after December 2020 and before April 2021
  • SEL trim; built after December 2020 and before April 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021 models built after December 2020 and before April 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 73.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 44.9 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.7 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 41.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 138.8 m
Straightaway left edge 121.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 60.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019-22 models

Overall evaluation
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.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
Technical measurements for this test

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

How child seat anchors are evaluated