2011 Audi
Q5 Premium
vs. 2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe Limited

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

9.7

starting from

$27,990
"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 Limited

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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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Moon roof
Standard
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9.4

Runner-up

Audi Q5 Premium

starting from

$36,075

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average power
211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Less sporty performance
19.4 lb/hp
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe Limited
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Santa Fe Limited; not available on the Q5 Premium
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Santa Fe Limited's standard sun roof
Performance 9.4 vs 10.0
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  • The Q5 Premium's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Q5 Premium has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
  • The Q5 Premium's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.4 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
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  • The Q5 Premium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Winner: Santa Fe Limited
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $8,085 cheaper (more than 20% less), $27,990 vs $36,075
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
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  • The Q5 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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

Performance

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Santa Fe Limited
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM The Q5 Premium is of average power, but the Santa Fe Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the Q5 Premium in particular has a wide number
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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 Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Q5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.7 lb/hp vs 19.4 lb/hp Both Q5 Premium and Santa Fe Limited are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Q5 Premium has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 38.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

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 Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Q5 Premium has a good number of airbags, but the Santa Fe Limited 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

Cost

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Santa Fe Limited
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MSRP $27,990 vs $36,075 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe Limited in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 4 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Santa Fe Limited in particular is extraordinary

Entertainment System

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Santa Fe Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Q5 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Santa Fe Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The Q5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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Santa Fe Limited
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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

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Santa Fe Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 78.2 ft3 vs 57.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 59.0 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3 The Santa Fe Limited has roomy front seats and the Q5 Premium is OK
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Base payload capacity 1102 lb 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 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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