Hyundai Santa Fe (TM): Lighting - Convenience featuresHyundai Santa Fe (TM): Lighting

Exterior lights

Lighting control

To operate the lights, turn the knob at the end of the control lever to one of the following positions:

1. OFF
2. AUTO headlight
3. Position lamp
4. Headlight

Daytime Running Light (DRL)

The Daytime Running Lights (DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day, especially after dawn and before sunset.

The DRL system will turn the dedicated lamp OFF when :

  • The headlights are ON.
  • The parking brake is applied.
  • The vehicle is turned off.

AUTO headlight

The position lamp and headlight will be turned ON or OFF automatically depending on the amount of daylight as measured by the ambient light sensor (1) at the upper end of the windshield glass.

Even with the AUTO headlight feature in operation, it is recommended to manually turn ON the headlights when driving at night or in a fog, driving in the rain, or when you enter dark areas, such as tunnels and parking facilities.


  • Do not cover or spill anything on the sensor (1) located at the upper end of the windshield glass.
  • Do not clean the sensor using a window cleaner, the cleanser may leave a light film which could interfere with sensor operation.
  • If your vehicle has window tint or other types of metallic coating on the front windshield, the AUTO headlight system may not work properly.

Position lamp ()

The position lamp, license plate lamp and instrument panel lamp are turned ON.

Headlight ()

The headlight, position lamp, license plate lamp and instrument panel lamp are turned ON.


The ignition switch must be in the ON position to turn on the headlight.

High beam operation

To turn on the high beam headlight, push the lever away from you. The lever will return to its original position.

The high beam indicator will light when the headlight high beams are switched on.

To turn off the high beam headlight, pull the lever towards you. The low beams will turn on.

To flash the high beam headlight, pull the lever towards you, then release the lever. The high beams will remain ON as long as you hold the lever towards you.

Turn signals and lane change signals

To signal a turn, push down on the lever for a left turn or up for a right turn in position (A).

If an indicator stays on and does not flash or if it flashes abnormally, one of the turn signal bulbs may be burned out and will require replacement.

One touch turn signal

To use One Touch Turn Signal push the turn signal lever up or down to position (B) and then release it.

The lane change signals will blink 3, 5 or 7 times.

You can enable the One Touch Turn Signal function or choose the number of blinking by selecting 'Setup -> User Settings -> Lights -> One Touch Turn Signal -> Off/3 flashes/5 flashes/7 flashes' in the instrument panel LCD cluster.

Battery saver function

The purpose of this feature is to prevent the battery from being discharged. The system automatically turns off the position lamp when the driver turns the vehicle off and opens the driver-side door.

With this feature, the position lamps will turn off automatically if the driver parks on the side of road at night.

However, the position lamps stay ON even when the driver-side door is opened if the headlight switch is turned to the position lamp or AUTO (if equipped) position after the engine is turned off.

If necessary, to keep the lamps on turn the position lamps OFF and ON again using the headlight switch on the steering column after the engine is turned off.

Headlight delay function

If you place the ignition switch to the ACC position or the OFF position with the headlights ON, the headlights (and/ or position lamps) remain on for about 5 minutes. However, if the driver’s door is opened and closed, the headlights are turned off after 15 seconds. Also, with the vehicle off if the driver’s door is opened and closed, the headlights (and/ or position lamps) are turned off after 15 seconds.

The headlights (and/or position lamps) can be turned off by pressing the lock button on the remote key or smart key twice or turning the headlight switch to the OFF or AUTO position.

You can enable the headlight delay fuction by selecting 'Setup -> User Settings -> Lights -> Headlight Delay'.


If the driver exits the vehicle through another door besides the driver door, the battery saver function does not operate and the headlight delay function does not turn OFF automatically.

This may cause the battery to discharge. To avoid battery discharge, turn OFF the headlights manually from the headlight switch before exiting the vehicle.

Traffic change

The low beam light distribution is asymmetric. If you go abroad to a country with opposite traffic direction, this asymmetric part will dazzle oncoming car driver.

To prevent dazzle, ECE regulation demand several technical solutions (ex. automatic change system, adhesive sheet, down aiming). These headlights are designed not to dazzle opposite drivers.

You can activate or deactivate the Traffic Change feature from the User Settings mode on the LCD display. Go to 'Lights -> Travel Mode’.

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