2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Edge 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 Edge’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 Edge doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist in the Santa Fe as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 Edge doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Santa Fe’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Edge doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

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 Edge 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.

Both the Santa Fe and the Edge 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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, blind spot warning systems 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 is safer than the Ford Edge:

Santa Fe

Edge

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

120 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

48 lbs.

83 lbs.

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 is safer than the Edge:

Santa Fe

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.1 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 is safer than the Ford Edge:

Santa Fe

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

71

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

8 inches

18 inches

HIC

179

297

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

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 Edge was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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 Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Edge. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Edge ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Edge’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe has a standard 800-amp battery. The Edge’s 760-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 29 points higher than the Edge.

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

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Santa Fe 2.0T is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

Santa Fe

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Santa Fe’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Santa Fe

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Santa Fe stops much shorter than the Edge:

Santa Fe

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

The Santa Fe AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.5 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Santa Fe’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (37.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

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

Santa Fe

Edge

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

68 dB

Ergonomics

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 Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Santa Fe with a number “5” insurance rate while the Edge is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

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 Edge only retains 41.11% to 45.81%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the Edge, including $244 less for a muffler, $48 less for front brake pads, $9 less for front struts and $470 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 will be $2338 to $5278 less than for the Ford Edge.

Recommendations

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

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Hyundai Santa Fe AWD two places higher than the Ford Edge Titanium AWD.

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