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

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 Land Rover Range Rover Velar 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 Range Rover Velar 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 Velar 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 Land Rover Range Rover Velar has a metal gas tank.

Both the Santa Fe and the Range Rover Velar 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, 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 Velar 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 Velar’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 Velar. 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 Velar ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Range Rover Velar’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

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 60 points higher than the Range Rover Velar.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Velar 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Santa Fe has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.8 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 Land Rover Range Rover Velar (1 to 7). This means the Santa Fe produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover Velar every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Range Rover Velar:

Santa Fe

Range Rover Velar

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe handles at .78 G’s, while the Range Rover Velar S pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Range Rover Velar’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The Santa Fe is 5.6 inches narrower than the Range Rover Velar, 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 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE:

Santa Fe

Range Rover Velar

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

67 dB

Cargo Capacity

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

Santa Fe

Range Rover Velar

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

34.4 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

70.1 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Velar’s in almost every dimension:

Santa Fe

Range Rover Velar

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

40.7”/70.4”

Max Width

53.7”

49.1”

Min Width

42.3”

43”

Height

31.5”

30.7”

Ergonomics

The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Velar 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 Velar 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 Velar 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 $2145 to $3985 less than the Range Rover Velar 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 Range Rover Velar only retains 45.5% to 45.64%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be $19988 to $24133 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar isn't recommended.

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

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