2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems & Issues

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 03/10/21 •  4 min read

While buyers looking for a reliable SUV to buy , the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is an exception. It has every single problem imaginable; from a faulty electrical system, to a defective powertrain, this SUV is painful to own. Here are some problems with the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe:

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Here Are The Top 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems :

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Issues

The crankshaft position sensor failed for one 2019 Santa Fe, so sometimes it wouldn’t start. It would die randomly and then restart later. Other owners’ vehicles stopped accelerating above 10mph. This happened at about 103,710 miles.

One owner’s problem with the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe was engine stalling while parking, needing to restart it. The Check Engine Light for another came on due to a faulty oil pressure harness and integrated oil temperature sensor. 

Another complaint stated a significant amount of fuel in the oil, at 3.3pc; 1.3pc than it should be. One owner reports a problem with the Santa Fe’s engine that began skipping on acceleration, especially while going uphill. The dealer misdiagnosed and ruined it, so a new engine had to be fitted.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Electrical Problems

A complaint stated an electrical problem with a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, that the yellow Check Engine Light came on, saying the BSM system wasn’t working.

There were problems reported in the 2019 Santa Fe’s Engine Control Module and Electronic Stability Control systems that required software updates for correct functionality. 

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Another recurring electrical problem in the Santa Fe was the vehicle turning off every time it stopped at a light or in traffic, and wouldn’t start for at least 10 minutes.

Another case is when a Santa Fe got pushed into the wrong lane into a barrier, by the computer to avoid something non-existent. Once, the emergency brake was applied, as the vehicle approached an intersection, as an emergency stop. 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Airbag Problems

One contact collided when a warning left indicator alert sensor light failed, side by side with another vehicle. The airbags failed to deploy and the contact was severely injured and inflicted with PTSD.

Hyundai told her it wasn’t their problem as the vehicle was in an accident and the safety features were turned off. There was even a recall to address the side curtain airbags which were damaged by mounting bolts. 

Transmission Issues

Users have reported transmission problems in the 2019 Santa Fe such as jerking in Auto Mode in cold weather, and random suggestions by the system to shift into neutral/park and to restart the car.

One user’s 2019 Santa Fe had its transmission recalibrated at less than 1600 miles. The gearbox would randomly shift the car into drive on revving at idle or it would not allow the car to drive in driving mode.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Brake Issues

Brake problems have also plagued the 2019 Santa Fe, as random braking occurred on a model while driving on busy roads. The vehicle’s smart system caused it to brake on its own. One owner’s Santa Fe failed to slow down when making a turn, even though the brake pedal was pressed.

On completing the turn, the car could brake. Hyundai said that the easy pass interfered with the smart system, so it was removed from the camera, but the failure happened again. 


There have been plenty of random problems in the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. A user reported a squeaky and rattling noise from the dash. Another talked about the rear camera staying on 15 minutes after putting it out of gear and the gas cap not closing; Apple car play, and plenty of steering problems. One owner reported that the 2019 Santa Fe lost steering wheel power and the A/C stopped blowing cold air, on 2 separate occasions.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.