2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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Both the Sportage 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage second among compact suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Santa Fe was rated third in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Santa Fe:

Horsepower

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

237 HP

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

240 HP

Santa Fe 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

185 HP

Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Sportage

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Sportage

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sportage stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Sportage

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (245/45R19 vs. 235/65R17).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sportage 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 Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Sportage is 11.4 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sportage easier. The Sportage’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.8 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sportage will cost $290 less than the Santa Fe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because it costs $46 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the Santa Fe, including $10 less for front brake pads, $68 less for a starter, $48 less for fuel injection, $127 less for a fuel pump, $4 less for front struts and $12 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Kia Sportage has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Sportage

Santa Fe

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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