Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque VS 2016 Hyundai Santa Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2016 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Santa Fe Sport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Evoque. But it costs extra on the Santa Fe Sport.

The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Santa Fe Sport only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque third among small premium suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Santa Fe Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (240 vs. 190) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 181) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:

Range Rover Evoque

Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl.

Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

82.1 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport (21 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe Sport:

Range Rover Evoque

Santa Fe Sport

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe Sport (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque 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.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .83 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot shorter than the Santa Fe Sport, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional in the Santa Fe Sport, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Santa Fe Sport.

The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe Sport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Evoque the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Santa Fe Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Range Rover Evoque’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 optional on the Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Evoque 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Evoque detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Range Rover Evoque with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Santa Fe Sport.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Range Rover Evoque (except SE)’s optional Advanced Park Assist 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe Sport because it costs $621 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Santa Fe Sport, including $31 less for a water pump and $568 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque second among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Santa Fe Sport isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The Santa Fe Sport has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The Santa Fe Sport has never been chosen.

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