Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2017 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X3 as “Superior.” The Santa Fe Sport scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

Both the X3 and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

258

Neck Injury Risk

25%

29%

Neck Stress

281 lbs.

313 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

284

Neck Injury Risk

34%

42%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

44

115

Hip Force

222 lbs.

369 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

54 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

191

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

355 lbs.

855 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Santa Fe Sport’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe Sport.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The X3 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (300 vs. 240) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport 2.4 4 cyl.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.3 MPH

82.1 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport 2.4 4 cyl. AWD (27 city/34 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy). The X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport 2.4 4 cyl. 2WD (27 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

2WD

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

sDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto

4WD

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

xDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

2.0T/Auto

n/a

19 city/24 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto

xDrive35i/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’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 X3’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

For better stopping power the X3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The X3’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.

The X3 stops much shorter than the Santa Fe Sport:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe Sport (245/50R18 vs. 235/65R17). The X3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe Sport (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/65R17).

The X3’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 X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe Sport. The X3’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 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

The X3 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Santa Fe Sport (110.6 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (26.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X3’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Santa Fe Sport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X3 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Santa Fe Sport’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X3 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Santa Fe Sport only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

When the X3 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Santa Fe Sport’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X3 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The X3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X3 will retain 49.61% to 51.23% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe Sport only retains 45.51% to 47.06%.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

X3

Santa Fe Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

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