2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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The Renegade has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Renegade and the Santa Fe 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Jeep Renegade is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Renegade

Santa Fe

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

454

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

35 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

343/366 lbs.

374/622 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Renegade is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Renegade

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

141 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

401 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

649 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Renegade has a standard 150-amp alternator (160-amp - Renegade Auto). The Santa Fe’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Renegade

Santa Fe

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

MPG

Renegade

FWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Renegade stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Renegade

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Renegade has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Santa Fe (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 850 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Renegade is 1 foot, 9.2 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because it costs $28 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Santa Fe, including $52 less for a muffler, $152 less for fuel injection, $59 less for a fuel pump and $794 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $347 to $4992 less than for the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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