Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai SANTA FE VS 2013 Audi Q7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Hyundai SANTA FE

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2013 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

The Santa Fe has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 Q7 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 Santa Fe and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Santa Fe as a “Top Pick,” a rating only granted to 147 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q7 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Q7’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (290 vs. 280) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 3.0T (18 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q7’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Santa Fe flat and controlled during cornering. The Q7’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Q7’s (36.9 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1350 to 1450 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Santa Fe is 7.2 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Santa Fe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q7 (146.6 vs. 133.2).

The Santa Fe has .1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear shoulder room, .1 inches more third row headroom, 2.3 inches more third row legroom and 5.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

Santa Fe


Behind Third Seat

13.5 cubic feet

10.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

80 cubic feet

72.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Santa Fe has standard extendable sun visors. The Q7 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard Blue Link for the Santa Fe allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q7 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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