2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the Santa Fe.

Both the Q5 and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Santa Fe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Santa Fe’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Santa Fe’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. and 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 22 points higher than the Santa Fe.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 63 more horsepower (248 vs. 185) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (248 vs. 235) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

 

Q5

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe 2.0T AWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe:

 

Q5

Santa Fe

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the Santa Fe:

 

Q5

Santa Fe

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Santa Fe.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (111 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

The Q5 Prestige handles at .79 G’s, while the Santa Fe Ultimate AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The Q5 is 4.2 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Q5 has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q5. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Santa Fe. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 57% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Santa Fe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Q5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate.

When the Q5 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Santa Fe’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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