Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2018 Audi Allroad Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Audi Allroad

Safety Comparison

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe Sport 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe Sport has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate has standard 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Allroad.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (108 vs. 92).

The Santa Fe Sport has .4 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe Sport’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (35.4 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe Sport’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe Sport’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Santa Fe Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Santa Fe Sport’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Allroad’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Santa Fe Sport Ultimate’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe Sport owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Santa Fe Sport will cost $1555 to $2840 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

The Santa Fe Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Santa Fe Sport will retain 46.18% to 47.26% of its original price after five years, while the Allroad only retains 42.38% to 42.8%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will be $15344 to $19323 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Santa Fe Sport

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Audi Allroad by over 41 to one during 2017.

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