2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 V60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Santa Fe and the V60 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, 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 V60 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 V60’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 Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The V60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 19 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Santa Fe has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the V60:

Santa Fe

V60

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Santa Fe uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The V60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the V60.

Chassis

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has 16.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 (110.7 vs. 94).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The V60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the V60.

Santa Fe

V60

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

50.9 cubic feet

The Santa Fe’s cargo area is larger than the V60’s in every dimension:

Santa Fe

V60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

40.7”/71.7”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

42.3”

40.9”

Height

31.5”

n/a

Ergonomics

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 V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 V60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 V60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 V60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the V60 because it costs $145 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the V60, including $191 less for a water pump, $49 less for front brake pads, $169 less for a starter, $121 less for fuel injection, $412 less for a fuel pump and $57 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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