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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2009. - 2014.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2012. - 2015.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Volumes

4685 mm
1885 mm
1710 mm
258 liters
2052 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4690 mm
1880 mm
1680 mm
585 liters
1680 liters
64 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2199 cc
200 hp
436 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2199 cc
200 hp
436 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1735 kg
9.6 s
190 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
174 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1743 kg
9.8 s
190 km/h
7.5 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
159 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1785 kg
10.0 s
190 km/h
9.3 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
194 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1782 kg
10.1 s
190 km/h
8.9 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
178 g/km

Expenses

9300 EUR
Price from
16000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Not only that they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style, they are even powered by the same Hyundai-developed diesel engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Santa Fe offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Hyundai does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of KIA, as well as Hyundai, with the same average rating of 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Sorento as average reliability-wise, and Santa Fe is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

KIA is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 190 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (44 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Hyundai appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Santa Fe offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with KIA offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Hyundai. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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