2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe XL and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is safer than the Audi Q7:

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is safer than the Q7:

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

110

225

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

30 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

2%/0%

4%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.52/.4

.57/.7

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is safer than the Audi Q7:

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

187

Hip Force

339 lbs.

350 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

337

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

412 lbs.

888 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

267

290

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe XL the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q7 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

The Santa Fe XL comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Q7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe XL 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe XL has a standard 660-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe XL second among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Q7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 42 more horsepower (290 vs. 248) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Santa Fe XL stops shorter than the Q7:

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Santa Fe XL has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe XL’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Q7’s (36.9 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe XL may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 950 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Santa Fe XL is 6.5 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Santa Fe XL easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe XL has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more third row legroom and 4.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe XL’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

Third Seat Folded

40.9 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

80 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Santa Fe XL easier. The Santa Fe XL’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.5 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

The Santa Fe XL’s cargo area is larger than the Q7’s in almost every dimension:

 

Santa Fe XL

Q7

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

17.6”/47”/84”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

50.7”

52.5”

Min Width

44”

42.6”

Towing

The Santa Fe XL’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (5000 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Santa Fe XL has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Santa Fe XL’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Q7’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Santa Fe XL Ultimate has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Santa Fe XL is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe XL is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe XL than the Q7, including $62 less for a water pump, $410 less for a muffler, $91 less for front brake pads, $703 less for a starter, $498 less for fuel injection, $504 less for front struts and $143 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe XL will be $14799 to $22162 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Santa Fe XL and the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Audi Q7 by over three to one during 2018.

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