Hyundai Santa Fe vs Hyundai Tucson

If you're shopping for crossover SUVs, you'll want to see what Hyundai has to offer. In this car comparison, we'll show you how the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson fare in a head-to-head matchup. See which SUV suits your Beaufort, Bluffton, or Hilton Head Island drive best.

We'll explore qualities like cabin space, technology features, and performance. If you want to learn more about these vehicles, then reach out to us at Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head!

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

Santa Fe vs Tucson: Interior Features

What is the difference between the Santa Fe vs. Tucson? Mainly, it's one of size: The Santa Fe is a midsize SUV, while the Tucson is a compact SUV. Both vehicles seat five people, but there's a bit more cabin and cargo room in the larger Santa Fe. Let's look at the interior specs in detail:

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Tucson

Headroom (Front/Rear)

41.2/39.2 inches

39.6/39.2 inches

Legroom (Front/Rear)

44.1/40.9 inches

41.5/38.2 inches

Cargo Space (Rear Seats Up/Folded)

35.9/71.3 cubic feet

31/61.9 cubic feet

The Tucson is excellent as a family-starter SUV-or perhaps for downsizing when the kids leave the nest. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe is ideal for every family adventure.

You'll find lots of cargo space along with adult-friendly seating in both rows of these SUVs. Need to seat three adults across in the backseat? The Santa Fe is spacious enough to do so with ease.

SUV Engines: An All-Star Performance

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson can power your daily drive in any situation. Both vehicles offer two engines. You'll see up to 181 horsepower from the available 2.4L 4-cylinder in the Tucson. In the Santa Fe, you can achieve 235 horsepower with the optional 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder.

While the Santa Fe has a slight advantage in terms of power, the Tucson is a bit more efficient. In its base configuration, you'll see an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG.1 However, the Santa Fe is quite fuel-efficient, too, with up to an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG.1

Both SUVs can be had with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD). Driving dynamics are balanced and comfortable in these two Hyundai SUVs.

Safety Comes Standard

The Santa Fe and Tucson are engineered for safety from the ground up. Both SUVs earned an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating as well as accolades from the IIHS. In addition to their superior crash testing, these vehicles offer plenty of standard active safety features.

You'll find the Hyundai SmartSense driver-assistance suite in the Santa Fe and Tucson. It comes standard with the following features:

  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

You'll receive alerts when you start drifting from your lane or a frontal collision is predicted. The system can even help you apply your brakes to avoid or mitigate a potential accident. Meanwhile, Driver Attention Warning will monitor your driving habits and can warn you if it detects drowsy driving.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Hyundai Tucson: The Verdict

Can you picture yourself behind the wheel of the Hyundai Santa Fe or Hyundai Tucson? These two crossover SUVs can really spruce up your daily drive in Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island.

Which one is perfect for you? To know for sure, you can schedule a test drive of both at Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head. See how you feel after you've been on the road in these impressive Hyundai SUVs!


1 EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition.

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