2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Kia Sportage

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Safety

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Both the Santa Fe and Sportage 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 Sportage’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 Sportage 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 Sportage doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 Sportage 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 SEL/Limited has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Santa Fe and the Sportage 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 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 Sportage is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sportage’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Santa Fe has a standard 800-amp battery. The Sportage’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 21 points higher than the Sportage.

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 Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Santa Fe 2.0T is faster than the Kia Sportage 4 cyl.:

Santa Fe

Sportage

Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe 2.0T AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage SX Turbo AWD (20 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

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 Sportage doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Santa Fe has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sportage (18.8 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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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 Kia Sportage (3 to 7). This means the Santa Fe produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sportage every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 Sportage.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Santa Fe

Sportage

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Sportage (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the Sportage (108.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sportage.

Passenger Space

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The Santa Fe has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (110.7 vs. 98.6).

Cargo Capacity

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

Santa Fe

Sportage

Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

30.7 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

60.1 cubic feet

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

Santa Fe

Sportage

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.4”/77.4”

33.4”/68.2”

Max Width

53.7”

52.3”

Min Width

42.3”

41”

Height

31.5”

29.5”

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

Servicing Ease

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The Santa Fe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Sportage uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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 Sportage 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.

The Santa Fe’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

The Santa Fe Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Santa Fe and the Sportage 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 Sportage.

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

Economic Advantages

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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 Sportage is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the Sportage, including $48 less for a water pump, $35 less for a muffler and $230 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Kia Sportage by 41% during 2018.

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