2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 V60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Santa Fe and the V60 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.


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 V60’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe’s warranty.


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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Volvo.


The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 258) than the V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 295) than the V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Santa Fe has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Santa Fe uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The V60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the V60.


The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe 2.2D has standard seating for 7 passengers; the V60 can only carry 5.

The Santa Fe has 16.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 (110.7 vs. 94).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The V60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe 2.2D’s cargo area provides more volume than the V60.


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Third Seat Removed

35.9 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70.7 cubic feet

50.9 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the V60’s in every dimension:


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Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



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To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Santa Fe has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The V60 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Santa Fe Ultimate has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The V60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost eight to one during 2017.

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