2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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Both the X2 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Santa Fe’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X2 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Santa Fe’s 140-amp alternator 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 X2’s reliability 11 points higher than the Santa Fe.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 43 more horsepower (228 vs. 185) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 66 more horsepower (301 vs. 235) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

X2

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

X2

Santa Fe

2WD

n/a

22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe:

X2

X2 M35i

Santa Fe

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

12 inches

The X2’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 are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

X2

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe 2.0T.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X2 is 1 foot, 3.6 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the X2 is 1.4 inches lower than the Santa Fe (16.6” vs. 18”). The X2’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Santa Fe’s (17” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The X2’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’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X2’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’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The X2’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.

When the X2 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Santa Fe’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X2’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The X2 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Santa Fe and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.

The X2’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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