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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

When comparing the Hyundai Santa Fe to the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai Santa Fe versus the Volkswagen Tiguan, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Hyundai Santa Fe versus Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Hyundai Santa Fe ranges from $23,794 to $37,808 while a used Volkswagen Tiguan from the same model year range is priced between $22,398 to $35,713. For a new model, the Hyundai Santa Fe's price is between $29,484 and $44,236, with the Volkswagen Tiguan priced between $26,919 and $39,048.

Hyundai Santa Fe versus Volkswagen Tiguan Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Hyundai Santa Fe is 8.5 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Tiguan's quality rating is 7.5 out of 10. This results in the Hyundai Santa Fe being ranked 6 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs and the Volkswagen Tiguan being ranked 35 out of 61. Out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows, the Hyundai Santa Fe is ranked 31 and the Volkswagen Tiguan is ranked 22.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Hyundai Santa Fe’s base engine makes 191 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Tiguan base engine makes 184 horsepower. The Santa Fe is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 496 miles. The Tiguan is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 474 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Volkswagen Tiguan, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage in the area of rear head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,484 - $44,236

Used Asking Price:

$23,794 - $37,808

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

50%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,919 - $39,048

Used Asking Price:

$22,398 - $35,713

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.5 / 10

Reliability:

7.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.5 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 25
2 / 31
3 / 25
4 / 61
4 / 31
4 / 25
4 / 25
5 / 61
6 / 61
6 / 31
10 / 31
28 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 31
16 / 24
16 / 24
17 / 24
21 / 31
22 / 31
26 / 31
30 / 61
33 / 61
35 / 61
50 / 61

Summary Review

Hyundai’s Santa Fe has evolved rapidly over its generations into one of the most satisfying to drive midsize crossover SUVs on the market. There are many versions of the Santa Fe, some with two rows and some with three, depending upon the model year and trim.

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Summary Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact sport utility vehicle with a reputation for engaging driving dynamics and upscale interior materials. The Tiguan has become VW’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and is currently in its second generation, with new models averaging $30,442 and 3-year-old models averaging $22,319.

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Pros and Cons

  • New engines for 2021 including a hybrid
  • Cutting-edge infotainment
  • Excellent safety ratings

  • Only two rows for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • New generation is roomier and more fuel efficient
  • Optional three-row seating is occasionally useful
  • Driving dynamics are engaging

  • Acceleration not as strong as some competitors
  • Fuel efficiency could be better
  • First-generation’s cargo space was limited

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Calligraphy, Limited, SEL, SE, XRT

Trim Levels

2.0T S 4Motion, 2.0T SE, 2.0T SE 4Motion, 2.0T SE R-Line Black, 2.0T S, 2.0T SE R-Line Black 4Motion, 2.0T SEL R-Line 4Motion

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

184 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.049 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 28 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

443 / 496 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 31 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 474 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Cargo Space:

36.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

72.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

147.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

12 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3649 lbs

Width:

74.8 inches

Height:

66.3 inches

Length:

188.4 inches

Wheelbase:

108.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.2 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3765 lbs

Width:

72.4 inches

Height:

66.4 inches

Length:

186.1 inches

Wheelbase:

109.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P215/65R17