Hyundai Santa Fe Xl; Seeing is Believing

If you’ve been following along on Instagram (we shared it here) we have been driving a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Xl from Open Road Hyundai Richmond for just about four months. Over the last few months we have been putting the Santa Fe Xl to the test, from school pick ups, highway driving, and loading it up before heading to the airport. Seeing really is believing when it comes to the Hyundai Santa Fe Xl and just how far it can take you. 

Our first experience with Hyundai actually started back in 2013, just after Hazel was born. I was 3 days post partum and one of our first outings was to our local Hyundai dealership to purchase a new car, specifically a SUV. We ended up leaving with Santa Fe Sport and absolutely loved every aspect of it. So when we started talking to Hyundai about partnering, we could say no, it was something (a product) that just fit naturally with us.

Hyundai Santa Fe Xl; Seeing is Believing

Santa Fe Xl

Now here we found ourselves again, with another baby, and a Santa Fe, except this time the Santa Fe Xl, the larger version with room to seat up to 7. The first few days of driving the Santa Fe Xl I honestly didn’t know what to do with all the space, it seemed like the room just never ended. Hazel even asked to sit in the back row one day and I felt like I was driving a limo, she was so far away. I could go grocery shopping, leave my stroller in the back, load in all the groceries and still have room for so much more. We went to Mexico and loaded the Santa Fe Xl up with suitcases, a stroller, carry on bags, the activity centre for Ryerson and we still had room to spare! 

Now the upgrades between our previous 2013 model and the 2018’s were top notch. But as silly as it may seem one of my favourite features and actually one of the selling features for me previously was the built in sun shades in the second row. Call me crazy but when the sun beats in threw the windows and you have little kids in the back seat complaining about how it’s in their eyes or on their face, having those shades up is a life (and sanity) saver. It’s small feature but one that can make the biggest impact. 

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When it comes to technology features on the 2018 Santa Fe Xl some of my favourites are the drivers integrated memory system with two settings. This, another small but mighty win. I’m 5’6” and my husband is 6’3” and as expected we don’t sit at the same spot when driving the car. With the drivers integrated memory system it means no fiddling with the seat e-v-e-r-y time he changes it, I simply push a button and boom it’s exactly where I want it to be. 

Now the surround view monitor was a feature that took me a little while to warm up to. I am all about the back up camera on vehicles so now having cameras cover almost every angle of the Santa Fe Xl took a little bit to get used to. At first I was annoyed when backing up and the camera screen split into two options, one of the rear and the other of the birds eye view (PS I do still use my mirrors when driving but the cameras are an added bonus!) For some reason I found it distracting and would turn it off, but after a little while I found myself enjoying it more and more. It was extremely beneficial when pulling into parking spots and ensuring I was straight in my spot and also allowing myself to line up and give a little extra room on the passenger side for easy removal of the carseat. 

Fitting three carseats across, the Santa Fe Xl is the ideal family SUV

Santa Fe Xl

Speaking of carseats, this I found to be a touchy situation in the Santa Fe Xl. Yes, we had room to fit three across in the middle bench, this was a huge win. This meant that 90% of the time we had the back row down and we had optimal storage space. There are two anchor points on the outer seats and three back anchors to tether down the seats which worked wonderfully for us. The only downside is there are absolutely no anchor points in the back bench. I find this a bit odd as it rules out putting kids in the back unless they are in a booster, which requires no anchors. The 6 seat configuration (which has two captains chairs in the middle row) does have one anchor on the back for tethering so I am not sure why the 7 seater doesn’t have at least one in the back. 

Overall we have thoroughly enjoyed driving the Santa Fe Xl for the last few months and are most definitely going to miss it once it goes back to its home at Open Road Hyundai Richmond. From the spacious interior, easy to navigate dash, including top of the line safety features to the smooth ride and exceptional gas mileage, the Santa Fe Xl is the perfect mid-sized SUV for ones everyday family explorations. 

Santa Fe Xl

Santa Fe Xl

Santa Fe Xl

Santa Fe Xl

Santa Fe Xl

Santa Fe Xl

 

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure, this post was done in partnership with Open Road Hyundai Richmond, however all opinions stated above are my own.}

 

 

 

 

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