2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Santa Fe and XT4 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 XT4’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.

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 XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the XT4 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Cadillac XT4:

Santa Fe




5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 XT4 has not been tested, yet.


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 XT4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the XT4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XT4 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT4’s (7 vs. 6 years).


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 XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XT4 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 18 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.


As tested in Car and Driver the Santa Fe 2.0T is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

Santa Fe


Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

132 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Santa Fe has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 16.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the XT4:

Santa Fe


60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

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 XT4 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the XT4.

The Santa Fe’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the XT4’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the Santa Fe more stable handling and braking.


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Santa Fe AWD is quieter than the XT4 Sport AWD:

Santa Fe


At idle

37 dB

39 dB


72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe has 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT4 (110.7 vs. 101.3).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT4.

Santa Fe


Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

22.5 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

48.9 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe’s optional second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.


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 XT4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 $760 to $2130 less than the XT4 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 XT4 only retains 40.82% to 41.58%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be $6595 to $11732 less than for the Cadillac XT4.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT4 isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Cadillac XT4 by over 15 to one during 2018.

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