2020 Cadillac XT4 vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Hyundai Santa Fe has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XT4 and the Santa Fe 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, 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 Cadillac XT4 is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

XT4

Santa Fe

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Engine

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The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (237 vs. 185) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (237 vs. 235) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT4 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

XT4

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.8 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XT4 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

XT4

Santa Fe

2WD

n/a

22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

24 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The XT4 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XT4’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 XT4 stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

XT4

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The XT4’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 XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe 2.0T.

The XT4 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XT4 has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT4 Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The XT4 is 6.7 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the XT4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the XT4 has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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The XT4’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, 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. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all 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 XT4 Luxury’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT4 (except Luxury) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT4’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.

When the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport has standard 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 XT4 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 costs extra on the Santa Fe and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.

The XT4’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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