2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Range Rover Evoque 5-Door 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 Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Santa Fe and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, 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 Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

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

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (7 vs. 6 years).

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

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe has a standard 800-amp battery. The Range Rover Evoque’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Evoque 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 97 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Santa Fe 2.0T is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):

Santa Fe

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (108.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has .9 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Santa Fe

Range Rover Evoque

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

8.9 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

Santa Fe

Range Rover Evoque

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

20.3 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

51 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door’s in almost every dimension:

Santa Fe

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

53.7”

43.5”

Min Width

42.3”

39.2”

Height

31.5”

34.3”

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

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 Range Rover Evoque’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Santa Fe has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the Santa Fe’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost 12 to one during 2018.

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