2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Renegade have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Renegade’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Renegade doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist in the Santa Fe as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Santa Fe has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Renegade doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Renegade only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Santa Fe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Renegade. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Renegade ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Renegade’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe has a standard 800-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (185 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The Santa Fe’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (185 vs. 180) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (235 vs. 180) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 13 more horsepower (190 vs. 177) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 200) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 10 more horsepower (190 vs. 180) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

 

Santa Fe

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, the Santa Fe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade 2.4-liter doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (18.8 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Santa Fe

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

10.95 inches

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Renegade:

 

Santa Fe

Renegade

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Renegade (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Santa Fe SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe SE/SEL has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Renegade doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (108.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The Santa Fe handles at .78 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Santa Fe Ultimate AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe 2.2D has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Renegade can only carry 5.

The Santa Fe has 10.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (110.7 vs. 100.1).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Santa Fe is 1.4 inches lower than the Renegade (18” vs. 19.4”). The Santa Fe’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Renegade’s (18.5” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe 2.2D’s cargo area provides more volume than the Renegade.

 

Santa Fe

Renegade

Third Seat Removed

35.9 cubic feet

18.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70.7 cubic feet

50.8 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in almost every dimension:

 

Santa Fe

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

42.3”

37.6”

Height

31.5”

33.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Renegade doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

The Santa Fe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Renegade uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Santa Fe Ultimate, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Renegade doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Consumer Reports rated the Santa Fe’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Santa Fe has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Both the Santa Fe and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Ultimate also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Renegade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Santa Fe and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Renegade isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Jeep Renegade by 21% during 2018.

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