2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Kia Sportage



Remove the logo and, to the untrained eye, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the Kia Sportage might look the same. Both have a handsome exterior, sporting the wide grilles, high headlights, and lines we’ve come to expect in a 21st-century SUVs. A lot of the underpinnings are the same too. They offer almost identical engine options and have comparable technology and safety features. Both interiors are attractive and practical, with everything in its place and an abundance of space. So what’s the difference and which should you choose? We recommend the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. It has more cargo space, higher safety ratings, and better fuel economy.


For most buyers, cargo capacity numbers don’t mean much except in comparison. So, let’s compare. The 2018 Kia Sportage offers about 31 cubic feet of storage, while the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers 35 cubic feet. That’s about 20 percent more cargo capacity in the Hyundai. That’s one more moving box, a couple of bags of groceries, and an absolute lifesaver when you’re really trying to cram.


There’s no denying that, for many, the crossover SUV is a family car, the modern answer to minivan hatred. But kids or no, safety is an important feature for keeping you and the ones you love safe. While the Kia Sportage received high marks for safety, the Santa Fe Sport outranked it-five stars from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Meanwhile, the Sportage received only four out of five stars for its frontal crash and rollover tests. You don’t know how valuable safety is until you really need it.


Stopping for gas. Paying for it. These tasks rarely hit the top of a favorites list, turning small differences in fuel economy into powerful changes to daily life. Now, neither one of these SUVs is going to win fuel economy prizes, especially not with the rise of hybrid and electric cars. But one definitely beats the other.

Not only does the Santa Fe Sport have a larger gas tank but it also has a better fuel economy. No, it’s not a huge difference. But in a close match like the one between this two relaxed-sporty, attractive crossover SUVs, every advantage counts. And if buying the Santa Fe Sport that means you stop for gas and pay for it less often, we’re all in. It’s a little easier on the wallet and a little easier on the planet.