2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Santa Fe 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 Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 F-Pace 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 F-Pace doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Santa Fe’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Jaguar F-Pace has a metal gas tank.

Both the Santa Fe and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors 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 F-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-Pace’s (7 vs. 6 years).

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

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Santa Fe has a standard 140-amp alternator. The F-Pace’s 130-amp alternator 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 50 points higher than the F-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The F-Pace 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Santa Fe has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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 Jaguar F-Pace (1 to 7). This means the Santa Fe produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the F-Pace every 15,000 miles.

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 F-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Jaguar F-Pace.

The Santa Fe is 7.1 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the Santa Fe easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Santa Fe AWD is quieter than the F-Pace S:

Santa Fe

F-Pace

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F-Pace (110.7 vs. 96).

The front step up height for the Santa Fe is 1.2 inches lower than the F-Pace (18” vs. 19.2”). The Santa Fe’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the F-Pace’s (18.5” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the F-Pace.

Santa Fe

F-Pace

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

33.5 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

63.5 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the F-Pace’s in every dimension:

Santa Fe

F-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

40.6”/71.9”

Max Width

53.7”

49.4”

Min Width

42.3”

40.7”

Height

31.5”

29.6”

Ergonomics

The Santa Fe’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The F-Pace’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Santa Fe has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Santa Fe Limited has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Santa Fe will cost $1110 to $4725 less than the F-Pace over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be $17899 to $34414 less than for the Jaguar F-Pace.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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