2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Santa Fe XL have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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 Santa Fe XL’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the Santa Fe XL.

The Discovery’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 Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the Santa Fe XL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 557 to 883 pounds more than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 50 more horsepower (340 vs. 290) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 191 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

Discovery

Santa Fe XL

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

89.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe XL AWD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’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 Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe XL (22.4 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe XL (23.8 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe XL.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Santa Fe XL

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.9 inches

The Discovery’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe XL are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops shorter than the Santa Fe XL:

Discovery

Santa Fe XL

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe XL (285/40R22 vs. 235/60R18).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe XL Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe XL SE. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe XL Ultimate.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Santa Fe XL (115 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Santa Fe XL.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Discovery 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 XL doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear hip room, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.2 inches more third row headroom and 2.6 inches more third row legroom than the Santa Fe XL.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Santa Fe XL

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

40.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Santa Fe XL’s (8201 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Discovery is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Santa Fe XL. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Santa Fe XL Ultimate, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Santa Fe XL’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Discovery’s front and rear power windows all 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 XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Santa Fe XL can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Santa Fe XL’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe XL’s headlights that were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe XL’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Discovery has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe XL offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Hyundai doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Santa Fe XL.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Discovery’s 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 XL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Discovery will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery will retain 47.79% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe XL only retains 44.15% to 45.38%.

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