2019 Hyundai Santa Fe awarded ALG Residual Value Award for Best Redesign of the Year

The all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is the first in its category to be presented with the ALG Residual Value Award for Best Redesign of the Year.

The fourth-generation Santa Fe has seen great success since its release in August 2018, and holds impressive residual value attributed to its excellent design, safety features and fuel efficiency.

Building on the success of its predecessors, the 2019 Santa Fe combines Hyundai’s latest high-tech features with premium design and a spacious interior. This powerful, elegant SUV embodies Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality vehicles that feature best in class innovation and design.

ALG attributes the Santa Fe’s award win to its overall degree of change compared to the previous model. “Hyundai finds success with the redesigned Santa Fe in one of the largest and most competitive segments in the industry, boasting a more aggressive front fascia with bold lines carrying to the back of the vehicle. The interior receives a full makeover breathing fresh air to the cabin with a larger center display, refined instrument cluster, and an optional panoramic sunroof,” said ALG.

“We’re so excited to receive this award and continue raising the bar for design and innovation in the SUV segment,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “Our team worked tirelessly to ensure that our all-new Santa Fe met and exceeded Canadians’ expectations.”

ALG’s Residual Value Awards recognize vehicles in 26 segments that are forecasted to retain the highest percentage of their Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) after a three-year period. New for 2019, the ALG Residual Value Awards have introduced several award categories focused on redesign and innovation including Best Redesign of the Year.

Since the launch of the first Santa Fe in 2000, Hyundai has become an established brand in the SUV segment and will continue to further its position in the category with the launch of its premium three-row SUV, the Hyundai Palisade, in Summer 2019.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive: A dose of refinement

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For 2019, the Santa Fe is all new, marking the beginning of the mid-size crossover’s fourth generation. The styling is a big departure from the 2018 model, there’s a new 8-speed transmission plus it’s longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

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Mid-size it may be, but up front, the Santa Fe (base MSRP: $28,999) feels a lot larger than that. The 65mm longer wheelbase has made for more legroom up front and in back, as well as more room to store your wares in the cargo area – you get a total of 1,016 litres behind the rear seats, and 2,019 L if you fold the 2nd row flat. It’s helped by the segmented underfloor storage, each segment large enough to store a 4-litre jug of milk (but more likely used to store wet items).

A quick note: while this ’19 Santa Fe replaces last year’s Santa Fe Sport model – it’s just “Santa Fe” now — the three-row Santa Fe XL returns unchanged for 2019. Look for an all-new three-row Hyundai in the none-too-distant future.

Up front, the driver’s position will be a boon for shorter drivers, as it is quite high no matter how much you drop that seat. The headliner was a little close for me and my 6’3” frame, but my guess is I’m in the minority when it comes to most drivers. I also can’t help but question the logic of titling the steering wheel away from the driver as much as Hyundai has, but my drive partner – who was smaller than me – said she felt it was just right, so there you have it.


The longer wheelbase also provides a more elegant look to the car from the outside, an effect augmented by some nice creases on the doors and around the fenders, as well as a sharp beltline crease that makes the last car look somewhat slab-sided. The wheels, meanwhile, feature all-new designs that now go all the way up to 19 inches.

Up front, the addition of a new honeycomb grille and LED DRLs (plus optional LED headlights – they’re halogen otherwise) is shared with the recently-released Kona. On the smaller Kona, it looks sporty, but here it looks a mite more imposing. The DRLs are also a bit of an optical illusion; like the previous Jeep Cherokee, the lights mounted atop the grille are the DRLs, with the headlights appearing below those. While they are borrowed from said Jeep, they look a little less alien here, whether because it’s not as avant-garde now as it was on the Jeep back then, or because they’re a little more restrained.

The rear fascia also gets its share of panel creases and detailing to class it up a little, but the real highlight are the 3D taillights; they’re low-profile, and do a good job of looking somewhat BMW X3-esque, which is no bad thing. They are the focal point of the whole tailgate area, making for a very modern look overall. Too bad that like the headlights, the LED taillights only come on the top trim.


Simply elegant
Inside, it’s an elegant place overall, but one that gets a few nice highlights here and there to spice things up a little.

The materials used are all top-quality, and whether in one of the two-tone or more monochromatic colourways, the feeling is one of richness and elegance. As you let your eyes drift across the dash, nice stuff like contrast-colour stitching, aluminum dial bezels and vent surrounds remind that you’re in a properly modern crossover. There is a plastic panel around the door pulls and glovebox that is a little too present, but it’s not a huge knock against the interior as a whole.

Plus, if saving money there meant Hyundai could still install the enormous full-length panoramic sunroof on the Luxury model and keep it below 42 grand, then I’m all for it. I assume it also allowed them to cover the headliner and roof pillars in swathes of a fantastic, soft, almost tweed- or houndstooth-like cloth. It’s incredibly upper class, calling to mind a great overcoat or canvas shoulder bag. Leather tends to be the material used to add luxury to a car in this manner, but this is an alternative I’m glad they’ve considered. If you select either of the two bottom trims that don’t come standard with leather, you get an all-new cloth treatment that provides two different cloth types.

It would have been nice to see some of the material used for the higher-spec models’ headliners used on the seats, too, but what we do get is a nice departure from the norm. The goal was to ensure that even at base, the Santa Fe was not a “basic” car.

At the same time, Hyundai has managed to keep things nice and simple when it comes to the controls. At the outset of our drive, I sat in the car and realized that the seat cooler was on. A quick glance at the centre stack revealed the button required to turn it off; no muss, no fuss. The buttons are all easily reachable, and big enough to be seen with just a glance through the corner of your eye.


Feature-wise, the base Essential trim (priced starting at $28,999, it joins three others that reflect Hyundai’s new trim nomenclature: Preferred — $35,099, Luxury — $41,899 and Ultimate — $44,999) comes well-equipped with heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and 7” LCD touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. Meanwhile, the $1,200 SmartSense safety package adds lane keep assist, forward collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

That’s not bad for a base model, though it’s too bad a blind-spot system isn’t part of the deal. You need to step up a trim for that as well as 18” wheels, dual-zone climate control, and power driver’s seat. Luxury trim adds cooled front seats, leather seating and around view parking monitor while the top Ultimate trim adds an 8” display, Infinity 12-speaker audio and heads-up display.

It’s the tier 2 “Preferred” trim however, that adds the crown jewel to the Santa Fe’s new safety features: Safe Exit Assist. Essentially, for 10 minutes after you’ve parallel parked, the system watches for traffic around the car. If an overzealous child decides they want to fling open the door into the path of that oncoming bus, the system will not let it happen.

The tech goes hand-in-hand with a rear occupant warning that first reminds you to check the back seat, then sends a message to the Hyundai Bluelink app if you happen to leave a pet or child back there. That app also allows for remote start with climate control activation, remotes access, find my car, and more. You get a five-year in-car data plan with your purchase.


Two engines, but you’ll probably want the turbo
Base models come equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder, good for 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque fed to the front wheels only. Hyundai estimates that only about 20% of buyers will opt for that option; the rest, they say, will be going for the 235 hp, 260 lb-ft turbo four-cylinder and AWD. The turbo is a $2,000 option on the second-tier Preferred package, and standard on the other two trims.

It’s a peppy little plant, especially at speed as it works well with the new 8-speed automatic transmission (no dual-clutch set-up or paddle shifters, though) to provide good in-gear acceleration for highway passing manoeuvres and so forth. It takes a little while to get going from stop – though it’s lither than previous, the Santa Fe Ultimate AWD still remains a 1,853 kg vehicle – but it’s not pretending to be a sports car, so if it allows you to pass with confidence, then it’s achieved its goal of being a safe, insulating family crossover.

“Safe” and “insulating”; that’s about right. The one detail I kept coming back to throughout my drive was just how quiet, smooth and solid the Santa Fe felt. Measures have been taken to reduce drag for ’19, and with drag reduction comes less wind noise, too.

Of course, wind and road noise is one thing when it comes to ride comfort, but you want to make sure you don’t forget about the necessary chassis tweaks. Obviously, Hyundai hasn’t as the Santa Fe rides as its luxuriously-appointed interior suggests it should. Big road divots and concrete sags were swallowed up with confidence-inspiring gumption, and while you will encounter body roll as the turns get more severe, I have feeling that even the more queasy amongst us will be just fine.

I guess I could say that I wish there was a little less bounce from the rear end; I tried adjusting the drive modes (there are three: comfort, smart and sport) but alas, they are on-hand to modify the powertrain and AWD system only. A more heavily-laden Santa Fe may be better equipped to keep things in check but overall, it’s excellent when it comes to comfortable motoring.


As far as what the drive modes do change: yes, throttle and transmission response are shortened or lengthened depending, but the real change comes to the AWD system; in “Sport” mode, for example, up to 50% of power can be sent to the rear – this is the only mode of the three that allows this. In normal driving, meanwhile, activate “Smart” mode to get 100% of the power sent to the front wheels, for better fuel economy. It all works a treat; On paved bends, you can feel the car rotate through while on the gravel roads we sampled, the ride was controlled and predictable.

On the money
That’s all well and good, but I come back once again to just how well the Santa Fe rides. Having sampled the previous-gen vehicle (and the one before it), I wasn’t expecting that kind of isolation, luxury, and tranquility from the Santa Fe. From the styling, to the ride, to the powertrain, this is a well-rounded, road-trip-worthy crossover that ticks a ton of boxes. Well-executed, Hyundai. Well-executed, indeed.

Why so Many People Love Driving the Hyundai Accent

In your daily travels, do you ever notice some cars more than others? There’s no doubt that some vehicles appeal to a wide range of drivers. The 2018 Hyundai Accent hatchback fits in this category. This vehicle comes with appealing features and an attractive design that you would love to have for yourself.

Engine Power


The Accent might not be the biggest and most imposing car on the road, but thanks to its 1.6-liter Inline 4, 16-valve engine, it can pack a punch. On cold days when you need it to start most, you can rely on its variable valve timing and DOHC cam type to come through for you. This engine delivers 119 foot-pounds of torque at 4,850 rpm and 130 horsepower at 6,300 rpm.




In today’s world, a state-of-the-art entertainment package is a must for any vehicle. When you come to World Cars Hyundai and check out the Accent, this vehicle won’t let you down. It has six total speakers from which you can listen to your favorite music. You’ll take advantage of the Satellite Radio and the AM/FM stereo. Plus, it has auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control.


Safety Measures


You need to know your car has your back in case of an accident and that it also has features to help you avoid mishaps on the road. The Accent has a comprehensive airbag system, including front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. You’ll appreciate other features such as the stability control, the emergency braking assist, the traction control and the tire pressure monitoring system. Your young passengers will be snug and safe thanks to the rear center three-point seatbelt.


Test-drive the Accent today and see why it’s so popular. As you sit behind the driver’s seat of this hatchback, you’ll wonder what took you so long to purchase one.

Own a One-of-a-Kind Kona

In the mid-1980s, Hyundai started expanding its sales into the North American market, starting with the Hyundai Excel. In the years after it, the company has expanded into producing luxury vehicles, SUVs crossover, and now its latest reiteration, the 2018 Hyundai Kona, is a step forward into a comfortable throwback, the hatchback design.

The original hatchback was introduced in the 1970s. The idea was to create a smaller vehicle that had the capability of having a rear door that expanded all the way up in much the way that their larger counterpart, the station wagon, did. In fact, much like the station wagon, hatchbacks were designed to have fold-down seats. The main difference between the hatchbacks of old and the station wagon was the efficiency.


The same can be said for the new generation of hatchbacks. After years of luxury SUVs, consumers started downsizing. Not only was the maintenance exorbitant, rises fuel prices made the gas prices sky rocket, causing many people to trade in their SUVs for more economical vehicles. Along with this also came the consumer desire to reduce their carbon footprint. This created a ready market for smaller vehicles such as the crossover and the hatchback. Hence the need for a vehicle like the 2018 Hyundai Kona was born.


However, this hatchback model is as far from the original as horse and buggies are from the first automobile. Hyundai not only put its heart and soul into the design, but also the latest generation of technology as well. This model features Bluetooth connectivity, a wireless charging station, touchscreen display, and rearview camera assist. This model can also come equipped with a nifty feature called the head’s up display, which puts the vehicle’s stats, such as speed and navigation on the dashboard. Talk about next generation!


There’s so much more that can be said about the 2018 Hyundai Kona, but it would be better for you to experience it for yourself. Join us at World Cars Hyundai for a test drive of this one-of-kind vehicle.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Offers Comfort, Safety and Convenience

If you’re looking for a sedan car designed for your comfort, safety and convenience, look no further than the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan at World Cars Hyundai. Large enough to accommodate your family and compact enough to handle the road, it just might be the car of your dreams.


Exceptional Comfort


According to the manufacturer, the Sonata boasts more head- and legroom and total interior volume than any other sedan in its class. You and your passengers are sure to enjoy the comfort of this additional interior space. As the driver, you’ll also benefit from the personal settings feature that allows you to automatically adjust your seat, the mirrors and the instrument panel’s brightness.


In addition to the spacious design and personalized driver settings, the vehicle offers dual climates for the driver and front seat passenger. You and your companion can simply tweak the temperature to suit your personal comfort level, avoiding awkward discussions about turning the heat or air up or down.


A Focus on Safety


The Sonata offers a variety of advanced safety features. From corrective steering assistance to blind spot detection and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, the vehicle is designed with your and others’ safety in mind. Additionally, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, regardless of activity inside or outside the vehicle.


Modern Conveniences


Thanks to the ever-developing world of technology, the Sonata offers a range of features for your daily driving convenience. From a hands-free smart trunk and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to USB and wireless device charging, it’s packed with gadgets that can save you time and energy.


If the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan at World Cars Hyundai sounds like the car for you, consider taking some time to learn more about its comfort, safety and convenience. Remember, these features are important to drivers and passengers alike.

What Makes The 2018 Hyundai Kona A Fun Car to Drive

We see a lot of cars at World Cars Hyundai but few are quite as fun to drive as the quirky 2018 Hyundai Kona. It’s a top-rated vehicle from Hyundai and it has a lot of bells and whistles that might make this the most fun you’ve had on your commute to work. Here are a few reasons to take one of our Konas for a test drive today.

Unique Exterior Design

When you see a Kona on the road, you’ll probably recognize it immediately by its unique look. While it’s somewhat reminiscent of other vehicles such as the Nissan Juke, it’s very different in its own right. The Kona looks tight and capable with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. It also has a unique two-tone roof, which makes it stand out. Those are some of the things you might notice first off, but the black armor that cases the rims of the wheel wells is one of the most unique things about it.

Interior Features

The outside isn’t the only thing that will draw people’s attention. The trim and features inside of the 2018 Hyundai Kona are outstanding too. The interior is extremely spacious, making it a comfortable ride for the driver and passengers. While the extra head and legroom in the front of the car for driver and front passenger, the back does lack some legroom. However, it more than makes up for it with large windows and the seating space itself is wide.

Advanced Safety Features

The Kona has many advanced safety features that potential owners would appreciate. There’s an advanced driver-assist system that uses a front facing camera to detect and help drivers avoid potential collisions by automatically braking. There is also a driver assisted lane keeping feature to help drivers stay safe on the road.

We have heard people call the 2018 Hyundai Kona lots of different things—unique, funky, and fun being three of the words we like the most. If you’re looking for a car that will definitely look interesting that is extra fun to drive, the Kona may be a great choice.

Why You Should Consider a 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has a solid reputation for safety, quality and efficiency. The Korea-based automaker has been in production since 1967, and its Elantra is consistently ranked among the top vehicles in its class. If you’re in the market for a great compact car, a 2018 Hyundai Elantra from World Cars Hyundai may be just what you’re looking for. 




The Elantra is loaded with high-tech safety features. It earns respectable marks in crash tests and easily accommodates child safety seats. Some of the vehicle’s safety upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Hyundai’s Blue Link System is also available to alert emergency services in case of a crash.  




Excellent ratings in overall quality and design make the Elantra one of the most reliable compact cars on the road. From the design of its powertrain to its generous interior features and accessories, the Elantra is commended for its dependability and style. You can choose from sedan and hatchback models with six trim options to get even more bang for your buck, including heated seats and an advanced infotainment system. 


Options for the Elantra’s exterior include 18-inch alloy wheels, door handle approach lights and a sunroof. Its interior features high quality workmanship at every level, and the cabin is attractive and roomy. Door openings are wide enough to easily accommodate passengers of all ages, and the driver’s seat is comfortable, with six-way adjustable seating. There’s also plenty of trunk space. Both inside and out, the Elantra is well-designed and dependable. 




Fuel-efficient from its base model up, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a wise choice for maximizing your mileage. Its Eco trim option gets you even further on a gallon, with a turbocharged engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy and overall efficiency, this car gives the competition a considerable run for its money. At World Class Hyundai, we can help you find the Elantra that’s right for you.  

The 2018 Hyundai Accent and What You’ll Want to Know


There’s a lot to know about the 2018 Hyundai Accent available at World Cars Hyundai. With a number of great features this car may have just what you’re looking for in your next ride. If you would like to know more continue reading to learn what this car has to offer. 

Sophisticated Exterior 

Hyundai is known for its modern styling and visibility and the Accent is no different. With several colors available, and LED running lights, this car is made to help you see where you’re going. In addition, the Hyundai Accent is designed to work with an available proximity key. This is a little device that you can carry with you that your Hyundai is designed to recognize. Your car can unlock when you approach, or lock when you walk away. And with the push button start you won’t even have to dig for your keys to get going. If you carry your proximity key less than three feet behind the vehicle for more than three seconds, your Hyundai can even open the trunk for you allowing for easy loading no matter how full your hands are. 


Interior Luxury 

The 2018 Hyundai Accent offers the luxury commonly found in more expensive cars. Many people have come to rely on technology for a variety of features in their vehicle. The Accent now supports both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These allow you to plug in a supported device and safely access navigation, music, calls and more. Controls can be voice activated or touch screen depending on your needs. The Hyundai Accent also sports heated seats for those chilly mornings. 

If you’re considering the 2018 Hyundai Accent for your next vehicle consider some of the features available. You can have a great ride in the style you’re looking for. Remember if you have any questions our staff is available to help. 

Top Reasons Why You Should Add the 2018 Hyundai Elantra to Your New Car List

Hyundai Motor Company opened its doors in Seoul, South Korea in 1967, and it holds its weight against its American, Japanese, and European counterparts. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has hit the lots, and it’s making quite a splash. Here are some reasons why you should add it to your new car list.



Hyundai conquered the American market years ago by offering affordable cars. It has stuck to this principle and the 2018 Elantra comes in with a lower sticker price than most of its competitors. The car does not sacrifice options, however, which makes buying it win-win for the consumer.


For example, consumers who compare a new Elantra to a new Civic will find that the Hyundai comes with blind spot detection on its base model and the Civic does not. Why should you pay more for the added safety of rear cross-traffic alerts? Hyundai believes you shouldn’t have to.


Additional Features


The new Elantra also offers purchasers HID, dynamic bending headlights to ensure its drivers can see well at night. If you live in rural Canada, you know how dark it gets at night. A hands-free trunk also helps shoppers open the back when they have their hands full.




Compared to its competitors, Hyundai offers a longer overall warranty for the Elantra and better powertrain warranties, as well. The company also offers roadside assistance for its drivers for three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.


This isn’t the only peace of mind the company gives its customers. Added to standard airbags is a driver’s side knee airbag to protect you from additional injury in the event of an accident. The driver must content with the steering column.


Browse the selection of 2018 Hyundai Elantra models on the lots found at World Cars Hyundai. You get more for money from this dealership and automobile manufacturer.