Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW X1 VS 2013 Hyundai Santa Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 BMW X1

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2013 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

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The BMW X1 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The X1 offers optional BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The X1’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Santa Fe Sport’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe Sport.

Engine Comparison

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The X1 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (240 vs. 190) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 181) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 36 more horsepower (300 vs. 264) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 269) than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the X1 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

X1

Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

82.1 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport:

X1

Santa Fe Sport

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/33 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe Sport:

X1

Santa Fe Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe Sport are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Santa Fe Sport (108.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The X1 is 8.1 inches shorter than the Santa Fe Sport, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Santa Fe Sport.

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