2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus
vs. 2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$26,940
"The materials and feel are high quality."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's build-quality
"It's a good value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's value

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe

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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Spacious front seats
59.0 ft3
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9.6

starting from

$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Moon roof
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Passenger power seats
Standard
Cost 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • The best price we've seen is $16,435 cheaper (around 40% less), $26,940 vs $43,375
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • More gears
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Cost

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MSRP $43,375 vs $26,940 The Santa Fe has a great price, but the Q5 Premium Plus is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe in particular is extraordinary

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Q5 Premium Plus's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Santa Fe ; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats, but the Q5 Premium Plus is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Q5 Premium Plus has a good 0-60 time, but the Santa Fe is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 133 ft The Q5 Premium Plus has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Santa Fe is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 93 mph vs 16.1 s @ 88 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs 0.74 g The Q5 Premium Plus has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Santa Fe is below average
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of airbags, but the Santa Fe is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Santa Fe is fairly powerful, but the Q5 Premium Plus is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Q5 Premium Plus has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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