2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack’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 Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the Golf Alltrack 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, crash mitigating brakes, 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 Golf Alltrack was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 4 years and 28000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf Alltrack. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf Alltrack ends after only 6 years or 72000 miles.

There are over 28 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it 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 Golf Alltrack’s 480-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 Golf Alltrack 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 6 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (185 vs. 168) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (235 vs. 168) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Santa Fe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Santa Fe has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (18.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Hyundai Santa Fe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Santa Fe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:

Santa Fe

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Golf Alltrack (235/65R17 vs. 205/55R17). The Santa Fe SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (235/65R17 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe 2.0T has standard 19-inch wheels. The Golf Alltrack’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Golf Alltrack’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 5.4 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (108.9 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 5.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf Alltrack.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has 16.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (110.7 vs. 94.3).

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Santa Fe

Golf Alltrack

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

30.4 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

66.5 cubic feet

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

Santa Fe

Golf Alltrack

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

41.5”/69.1”

Max Width

53.7”

50.2”

Min Width

42.3”

39.6”

Height

31.5”

29.2”

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Santa Fe’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When different drivers share the Santa Fe Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Santa Fe’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf Alltrack has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Santa Fe has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Santa Fe and the Golf Alltrack offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Limited also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf Alltrack.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Santa Fe Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by almost three to one during 2018.

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