Hyundai Santa Cruz Owners & Service Manuals

Hyundai Santa Cruz: Accessing Your Vehicle / Remote Key

Your HYUNDAI uses a remote key, which you can use to lock or unlock the driver and passenger doors or the tailgate.

1. Door Lock
2. Door Unlock
3. Tailgate Open
4. Panic


To lock :

1. Close all doors, engine hood and tailgate.

2. Press the Door Lock button (1) on the remote key.

3. The doors will lock. The hazard warning lights will blink.

4. Make sure the doors are locked by pulling the outside door handle.


Do not leave the Smart Key in your vehicle with children that are unattended or unsupervised.

Children could place the key in the ignition switch or could operate the power windows or other vehicle controls or even cause the vehicle to move. This could result in serious injury or death.


To unlock:

1. Press the Door Unlock button (2) on the remote key.

2. The doors will unlock. The hazard warning lights will blink two times.

  • Two press unlock setting : If you press the door unlock button on the remote key again within four seconds, then all the doors will unlock. Two press unlock setting can be changed according to owner’s preference in the cluster User Settings mode.
  • User settings mode method : Select or deselect the ‘Two Press Unlock’ feature in the User Settings mode on the cluster LCD display.


After unlocking the doors, the doors will lock automatically after 30 seconds unless a door is opened.

Opening the tailgate

Press and hold the The Tailgate Open button (3) for 1 second. The rear lamps will flash and the tailgate will fall with dampening.

Panic alarm

The horn sounds and the hazard warning lights blink for about 30 seconds if Panic button (4) is pressed for more than 1 second. To stop the horn and lights, press any button on the transmitter.


The word “HOLD” is written on the button to inform you that you must press and hold the button for more than one second.


For detailed information refer to “Key Ignition Switch” in chapter 6.


To prevent damaging the remote key:

  • Keep the remote key away from liquids or any type of extreme heat. If water or liquid gets inside of the remote or if the remote is subjected to extreme heat, damage to the internal circuit may result. This would void the vehicle warranty.
  • Avoid dropping or throwing the remote key.
  • Protect the remote key from extreme temperatures.

Mechanical key

If the remote key does not operate normally, you can lock or unlock the door by using the mechanical key.

To unfold the key, press the release button then the key will unfold automatically.

To fold the key, fold the key manually while pressing the release button.


Do not fold the key without pressing the release button. This may damage the key.

Accessing Your Vehicle

Remote key precautions
The remote key may not operate under the following conditions : The key is in the ignition switch. You exceed the operating distance limit (about 32 feet [10 m]). The remote key battery is weak ...

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