Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2018 Jeep Compass 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 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Multi-view Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe Sport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass has not been tested, yet.

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 Compass’ 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Compass. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Compass ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Compass’ (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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 Santa Fe Sport’s reliability 52 points higher than the Compass.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 19th in reliability. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 16 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (185 vs. 180) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (240 vs. 180) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Santa Fe Sport

Compass

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.3 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass (17.4 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Santa Fe Sport

Compass

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.95 inches

The Santa Fe Sport stops shorter than the Compass:

 

Santa Fe Sport

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Santa Fe Sport has larger tires than the Compass (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Compass (106.3 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Compass.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (108 vs. 99.6).

The Santa Fe Sport has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 6.2 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe Sport’s rear seats recline. The Compass’ 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 Compass with its rear seat up (35.4 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

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

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

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Santa Fe Sport, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Compass’ power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Santa Fe Sport’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Santa Fe Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Compass has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited’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.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Compass offer optional heated front seats. The Santa Fe Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Compass.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Compass doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe Sport has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Compass doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Santa Fe Sport

Compass

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Jeep Compass by 40% during 2016.

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