Hyundai Santa Fe XL or Hyundai Santa Fe: Which SUV is Better for You?

With all the new Hyundai SUVs to choose from here in our Terrell neck of the East Texas woods, it can be hard to decide which crossover is best for you and your family. After all, they all stand on their own merits. If you're a large or otherwise growing bunch, however, consider the new Hyundai Santa Fe XL, previously 2018's Hyundai Santa Fe, and the new Hyundai Santa Fe, formerly known as 2018's Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Don't be confused by any name changes: both are compact SUVs with established reputations for capability, safety, comfort, and tech-savvy. Though they might seem similar at first glance, there are a few notable differences between them. Not to worry -- the experts at Randall Noe Hyundai have made it easy to compare them.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe


  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: comes in SE and Limited Ultimate trims
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: features trims ranging from SE, SEL, SEL Plus and Limited to Limited 2.0T, Ultimate, and Ultimate 2.0T

Both models offer options to appeal to drivers of all stripes; Hyundai Santa Fe has a more streamlined breakdown.

Power and Performance

  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: incorporates a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6, producing 252 pound-feet of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC; tows as much as 5,000 pounds
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: builds in either a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter I4 that puts out 178 pound-feet of torque or a turbocharged 235-horspower, 2.0-liter I4 shelling 260 pound-feet, paired with an eight-speed auto transmission with SHIFTRONIC and ready to tow 2,000 to 3,500 pounds

Each crossover has the drive you need to go places confidently; Hyundai Santa Fe XL can tow more, and Hyundai Santa Fe has a high-efficiency option.

Fuel Economy

  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: achieves up to 18 city mpg, 25 highway mpg, and 21 combined mpg in FWD
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: can get up to 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined in FWD

Both SUVs have segment-competitive fuel efficiency; Hyundai Santa Fe, being the slightly smaller choice, can go a few extra miles.

Safety Features

  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: features downhill brake control and hillstart assist control standard; options range from blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assistance, rear parking sensors, and a multi-view camera system to smart cruise control, a lane departure warning system, auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, high beam assist, and dynamic bending light
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: standardizes hillstart assist control, blind-spot, rear cross-traffic, and forward collision-avoidance assist systems, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, a driver attention warning feature, and safe exit assist; options include downhill brake control, reverse parking distance warning, a rear occupant alert system, surround view monitor, and heads-up display

Each SUV is well-equipped to keep you and yours secure on the road and off; Hyundai Santa Fe has more standards and a wider variety of options.

Passenger and Cargo Space

  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: 146.6 cubic feet of passenger space, with YES Essentials stain-resistant cloth or leather seating; seats are optionally heated and ventilated in front and heated in the back, and second-row captain's chairs are available; 80 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: 110.7 cubic feet of passenger space; seating is optionally heated and ventilated in front and heated in the back; sliding second-row seats with cargo-area releases produce up to 71.3 cubic feet of room for cargo when folded

Hyundai Santa Fe XL, the larger of the two crossovers, offers more room overall, though both are near the top of the segment in both dimensions.


  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL: features a standard 7-inch display audio infotainment system in base models, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an available 8-inch navigation system in higher trims with 2D and birds-eye viewing capabilities and traffic updates via HD Radio, and optional Infinity Premium Audio
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: offers 7- or 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems, both with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, optional wireless device charging, and available 12-speaker Infinity premium audio

Both SUVs make available all you need to stay entertained, connected, and on course; Hyundai Santa Fe XL has a wider range of tech options.

Check Out Both New Hyundai Crossovers at Our Dealership in Terrell

The best way to figure out which Hyundai SUV is right for you is firsthand. Visit our 100 State Hwy 205 showroom to schedule a test drive and bring the whole family with you -- we'll be glad to show you all there is to get to know about both models!


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