2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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Both the Santa Fe and Stelvio 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 Stelvio’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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Stelvio doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Santa Fe Limited has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio 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 Stelvio doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Santa Fe SEL/Limited has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Santa Fe and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Stelvio’s (7 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 5 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Santa Fe’s reliability 40 points higher than the Stelvio.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Stelvio isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Santa Fe has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (18.8 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Santa Fe higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Santa Fe produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Stelvio:

Santa Fe

Stelvio

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.2 inches wider in the front than on the Stelvio.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Santa Fe AWD is quieter than the Stelvio AWD:

Santa Fe

Stelvio

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Santa Fe

Stelvio

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

18.5 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

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

Santa Fe

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

53.7”

46.5”

Min Width

42.3”

36.7”

Height

31.5”

28”

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

Ergonomics

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The Santa Fe Limited 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 Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Santa Fe (except SE) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Stelvio doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Santa Fe will cost $1215 to $2790 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

The Santa Fe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Santa Fe will retain 45.92% to 47.83% of its original price after five years, while the Stelvio only retains 40.25% to 42.03%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be $11297 to $16424 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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