2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Santa Fe XL and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 X5 has not been tested, yet.

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 X5’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 BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe XL’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe XL second among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The X5 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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe XL’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the X5’s (36.9 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe XL may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1000 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The design of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL amounts to more than styling. The Santa Fe XL has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Santa Fe XL get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe XL has 1.5 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe XL’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

 

Santa Fe XL

X5

Third Seat Folded

40.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

33.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

80 cubic feet

72.3 cubic feet

The Santa Fe XL’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Model Availability

The Santa Fe XL is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the BMW X5 by almost three to one during 2018.

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