7-Seat Santa Fe vs Santa Fe Sport – What to Choose


Hyundai comes up with a new generation of Santa Fe. There’re two types to choose from and it’s good to understand which one is better – before the release of updated 2018 Santa Fe.

Both of the models have advantages. For example, Big Santa Fe is logically spacious with 7 seats and has a variety of trims. Santa Fe Sport is focused on a stylish body with fewer trims. The former one will cost you from $30,800 with FWD and $32,550 with AWD. The latter one is starting at $25,350 with FWD and $27,100 with AWD.

Bigger Means Better?

Surely Santa Fe is bigger than Sport. It’s of 193 inches while Sporty brother is of 185 inches. Weight-wise Sport is also lighter because its FWD version 3,624 pounds and its AWD version is 3,794 pounds. The bigger brother is 4,026 pounds with FWD and 4,178 pounds with AWD.

The smallest wheels for Santa Fe Sport are from 17 inches, the biggest are of 19 inches while three-row Santa Fe has the range of wheels from 18 to 19 inches.

When features are compared both models are quite the same. Side mirrors of heated type, door handles of chrome and other modern things are used in both cases. Choosing Sport you get a solar glass at the front and privacy glass at the rear side. Going Big you get roof rack side rails and headlight control of automatic type.

Similar but not Identical

Big variant has a roomier interior. Just like Sport model it is equipped with a camera to monitor rear area and power door locks. The good thing about Santa Fe Sport is that it has air conditioning as a standard feature. However, the Big brother can opt with dual front automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer. In addition, it has an illuminated ignition.

When it comes to safety both of the models are pretty standard. They include a system to manage stability and to have traction under control. Santa Fe Big also offers Lane Change Assist as a standard variant.

Specs and Numbers

If you want power 7-seat Santa Fe is your best bet. It has 290 horsepower, 252 lb-ft of torque and 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity. Sportier brother loses here because it outputs 185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque and 2,000 lb of towing capacity.

When engines are compared it’s necessary to mention that the bigger model boasts V6 DOHC of 24 valves with D-CVVT and Sport has inline 4-cylinder DOHC with 16 valves and D-CVVT. Naturally, Santa Fe has a fuel tank capacity of 18.8 gals. with 3.3 liters of displacement. Santa Fe Sport has 17.4 gals. of fuel tank capacity and 2.4 liters of displacement.

What to Choose Then

As you can see Big Santa Fe is a good choice for those who have a big family or big ambitions about towing. This is a spacious and more expensive model which is worth of the money spent. Santa Fe Sport is obviously cheaper and has less power but it’s more maneuverable owing to its size.

Another important criterion is that the Big relative has a long list of options such as detection of blind spots, auto opened liftgate, mirrors which dim automatically and more. It relative can’t offer the same. It has Android Auto technologies, a display of 7 inches and Blue Link System.

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