Hyundai Santa Fe: Exterior features / Smart liftgate

Hyundai Santa Fe (TM) 2019-2024 Owner's Manual / Convenience features / Exterior features / Smart liftgate

On a vehicle equipped with a smart key, the liftgate can be opened with handsfree activation using the smart liftgate system.

Using smart liftgate

The hands-free smart liftgate system can be opened automatically when the following conditions are met:

  • The smart liftgate option is enabled in the Settings menu in the infotainment system screen.
  • The smart liftgate is activated and ready 15 seconds after all the doors are closed and locked.
  • The smart liftgate will open when the smart key is detected in the area behind the vehicle for 3 seconds.


The smart liftgate will NOT operate when:

  • A door is not locked or closed.
  • The smart key is detected within 15 seconds from when the doors were closed and locked.
  • The smart key is detected within 15 seconds after the doors are closed and locked, and within 60 in. (1.5 m) from the front door handles. (for vehicles equipped with Welcome Light).
  • The smart key is in the vehicle.

1. Settings

To activate the Smart Liftgate, go to User Settings Mode and select Smart Liftgate on the LCD display.

2. Detect and Alert

The smart liftgate detecting area extends approximately 20~40 in. (50~100 cm) behind the vehicle. If you are positioned in the detecting area and are carrying the smart key, the hazard warning lights will blink and the chime will sound to alert you that the smart liftgate will open.


Do not approach the detecting area if you do not want the liftgate to open. If you have unintentionally entered the detecting area and the hazard warning lights and chime starts to operate, move away from the area behind the vehicle with the smart key. The liftgate will remain closed.

3. Automatic opening

After the hazard warning lights blink and the chime sounds 6 times, the smart liftgate will open.

Emergency liftgate safety release

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Deactivating smart liftgate

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Instrument panel overview

1. Instrument cluster
2. Driver’s front air bag
3. Engine Start/Stop button
4. Infotainment system
5. Hazard warning lamp switch
6. Climate control system
7. Shift button
8. ISG (Idle Stop and Go) button
9. Auto Hold button
10. Heated steering wheel button
11. Drive mode button
12. DBC (Downhill Brake Control) button
13. Parking Safety button
14. Parking/View button
15. Air ventilation seat button
16. Seat warmer
17. Passenger’s front air bag
18. Glove box
19. Wireless charging system pad
20. Cup holder
21. AC inverter
22. USB charger

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