2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Makes WardsAuto 10 Best UX List
Making it onto the annual Wards 10 Best UX list isn’t easy. WardsAuto editors carefully test eligible vehicles to find out if they provide drivers with an intuitive experience behind the wheel. Cutting-edge technology is a must, but even more importantly, it needs to be convenient and easy to use.
This year, the all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe passed WardsAuto’s testing with flying colors and was named to the list.
According to WardsAuto, the Santa Fe’s “exemplary” user experience features include an easily reachable center stack, an effective mix of control buttons and touch-screen controls, a helpful 360-degree camera for parking, an informative head-up display, and easy-to-use voice control technology.
“As vehicles become more connected and sophisticated, a driver’s ability to comfortably interact with the features is an important part of the overall driving experience,” said John Robb, Hyundai’s director of electrical systems development. “We are at a pivotal point in the industry regarding the evolution of in-vehicle user experiences and are inspired by this recognition as a leader in this competitive space.”
Other useful, user-friendly technologies offered with the new Santa Fe include available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, a new AVN 5.0 navigation system, and a Qi wireless charging pad.
The Santa Fe also offers Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control. This system automatically adjusts audio levels based on the vehicle’s speed, meaning drivers don’t have to do it themselves.
One of the most useful features available with the new Santa Fe is the Blue Link Connected Car System. This technology gives drivers access to safety services, diagnostic evaluations, remote starting and unlocking, and roadside assistance. This system can easily be accessed via smartphone apps, the web, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or buttons inside the Santa Fe.
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