Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe: Which is better?

Created: February 2, 2021


What are you willing to spend your savings on?

Often, having come to a car dealership for one model, we leave for another. And very often this other is again far from the original choice: they came for a sedan, but bought a more practical and roomy minivan, came for a minivan – left in a crossover. But when cars with the same body type and similar consumer properties are offered for the same money, the choice becomes even more difficult.

Two popular crossovers of the Korean brand Hyundai – Tucson and Santa Fe Premium – are quite capable of competing with each other for a buyer. Prices for the first one start at 16 006.14 $ and end at 25 203.86 $. For the second, you will have to pay a minimum of 24 194.86 $, and the price ceiling is at 31 450.70 $. As you can see, having two million “wooden” ones in his pocket or counting on a loan for this amount, a Hyundai client will involuntarily think: which crossover to choose? Let’s analyze the pros and cons of each.

Hyundai Tucson or Santa Fe

In order not to be unfounded, first of all, I drove into the dealership and got behind the wheel of Tucson and “Santa” to compare the tactile sensations from the interiors. And you know, they are very similar! Of course, the more expensive Santa Fe Premium has a little more soft plastic in the cabin. But that’s all. The interior panels of both cars fit together very neatly. Both here and there – similar and generally not causing any questions ergonomics. If you do not tamp the front panel with your finger, the more expensive and more prestigious Santa Fe Premium does not have the feeling that it is more expensive and more prestigious. And in terms of the space in the back row between the crossovers, there is also no gap: people taller than average will easily settle down “by themselves” both in Santa Fe and in the more compact Tussana. And our heroes do not offer the third row in principle – this is the prerogative of Grand Santa Fe, for which they ask for completely different money. Trunks? The difference in the volume of Tucson (488 l) and “Santa” (585 l) is less than 100 liters. It turns out that after a static superficial acquaintance – a draw. If so, consider the list of modifications and available equipment.

The “quality of life” in both crossovers is about the same. In terms of capacity and space, there is also no serious difference.

So, the most affordable Santa Fe Premium in the Start configuration for 24 194.86 $ is equipped with a 171-horsepower aspirated gasoline engine with a volume of 2.4 liters, an all-wheel-drive transmission and … a 6-speed manual transmission. Since “mechanical” cars of this class are extremely unpopular today, we take as a count a crossover with the same engine and a 6-speed automatic. In the Start configuration, it will cost 24 982.12 $, and in the more advanced Comfort version – already without a thousand and two million. Let me remind you that this figure is our virtual “ceiling”, so we do not consider other options (prices for Santa Fe Premium with a 200-horsepower diesel engine start at 28 170.48 $.)
Hyundai Santa Fe Premium up to two million rubles will be equipped with an uncontested gasoline engine (2.4 l, 171 hp)

Unlike “Santa”, Tucson provides all the completeness of choice: our budget easily fits as a version with a 177 hp gasoline turbo engine, working in conjunction with a 7-speed preselective robot (from 21 070.79 $), so and a modification with a 185-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine and a classic automatic transmission (from 22 710.89 $). Which one to take – decide for yourself, based on your own preferences and the presence/absence of prejudices regarding robotic transmissions and diesels. I will only say that a diesel engine is on average one and a half liters more economical than a gasoline engine, and in terms of accelerating dynamics, it is inferior to it quite a bit. The first hundred Tucson on heavy fuel is gaining in 9.5 seconds – only 0.4 seconds longer than gasoline.

hyundai tucson interior 2021

Now is the time to take a look at the passport data of our Santa Fe Premium: with a large aspirated volume of 2.4 liters and an automatic machine, it accelerates to a hundred in 11.5 seconds and consumes up to 14 l / 100 km of fuel in the urban cycle. Too much! If you plan to travel often – this is the first serious argument to prefer Tucson.
Santa Fe Premium with 2.4-liter gasoline aspirated is noticeably more voracious and slower than expensive modifications of Tussana.
To make the final choice, consider the possible configurations. The most affordable Santa Fe Premium in the Start configuration for 24 982.12 $ is empty as a drum. In it, you will not find a color touch screen, parking sensors, or electric side mirrors. Salon, of course, fabric. And although even this initial version contains all the necessary safety systems (front and side airbags, curtains, ESP), there remains an unpleasant aftertaste: “The king is naked!”

If you want exactly Santa Fe Premium, I recommend pushing and afford the Comfort version for 26 228.60 $. Agree, 1 246.48 $ difference – more than a reasonable fee for leather-trimmed seats (now the rear ones are heated), dual-zone climate control, 5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and parking sensors in the rear bumper. And also – heated steering wheel and side mirrors.

If you are dead sure that you want Santa Fe Premium, I wish you would pay your attention at the Comfort version for 26 228.60 $. Such a car is only 1 246.48 $ more expensive than the simplest version of Start, but it offers a whole scattering of pleasant options.

Santa Fe 2021 interior

I choose a slightly more compact Tucson with a gasoline 1.6-liter turbo engine in the maximum configuration Prime for 25 007.05 $, to the cost of which I will add 1 115.27 $ for the optional High-tech package, which includes a beautiful panoramic roof, automatic braking function and lane hold assistant. The final cost of such a car will be 26 122.32 $, but in addition to the above-described “buns” available for Santa Fe Premium in the Comfort version, I will receive ventilation for the front seats, front parking sensors, an electric tailgate with a contactless opening system, monitoring of blind zones and a giant 8- inch display of the multimedia system. What will I lose? One hundred luggage liters and a few centimeters of cabin space. So for me the choice is obvious – Tucson.
Which crossover catches your eye?

Hyundai Tucson 2021