Compact crossovers are big business these days, and buyers just don't seem to be able to get enough of them. But as more and more enter the market and the competition gets stiffer, manufacturers have to keep upping their game to stay relevant. Hyundai has substantially updated its Santa Fe Sport this year to do just that, so let's see how the revised 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport compares to the highly regarded Ford Edge.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Ford Edge


Although mechanically unchanged from last year, the Santa Fe Sport has had around 25 percent of its parts changed this year. Those new variations include new front and rear fascias, headlights, trim panels and tail lights. The Sport was already the best-looking Hyundai crossover in the range, and it now looks even more like slightly larger version of the Tucson. That's not a bad thing--the Santa Fe Sport has upped its exterior game and is now even more attractive than before.

The Ford Edge certainly can't look down on the Santa Fe Sport for looking like a crossover sibling, since the Edge is a dead ringer for the larger Explorer and the smaller Escape. That's not a bad thing though, as they are both very attractive vehicles too. The revised sportier styling of the Hyundai just edges out the slightly aging look of the Ford.

Engines & Performance

The base engine in the Hyundai is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four with 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. That's enough for daily duties, but probably lacks a little umph to be considered truly sporty. The optional 2.0-liter turbo really does live up to the Santa Fe Sport name though, with its 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft of torque.

Ford likes to give buyers plenty of engine options in vehicles like the Edge, and here we have three. The base 2.0-liter turbo engine is more powerful than the more powerful of the two powerplants in the Hyundai, and as the others are even more powerful V-6s, so this is an easy win for the Ford Edge.


Safety is important with vehicles of this type, as they'll often be used by families. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport gets a full five-star rating from the NHTSA, while the IIHS stops just short of giving its highest rating by naming the Hyundai a Top Safety Pick, and not Top Safety Pick+.

The Ford also gets five-stars from the feds at the NHTSA, and it also matches the Hyundai with the IIHS with a Top Safety Pick rating. Ford has made considerable efforts to improve the safety features of the Edge lately.


No third-row seat means a good amount of space inside the Santa Fe Sport for five people and plenty of cargo. It's not the biggest model in its class on the outside, and although it's placed firmly in the middle of the pack for exterior size, it has more room inside than most rivals. Total passenger volume is 108 cu.-ft., used very wisely with clever packaging. The quality of materials and build is very good for the price point.

You'll find almost six cubic feet of extra space inside the Ford, but that only translates into most measurements inside being an inch or less greater than they are in the Hyundai. The style and materials are much better than the bareness of earlier incarnations of the Edge, but the Santa Fe Sport uses the space better and has more impressive finishes.

Learn More about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

If having Sport in the name of your vehicle means you want lots of power and performance, you might find the Hyundai a little underpowered, especially at the side of the Ford Edge. But if you're looking for an all-round fantastic vehicle that really looks the part, and won't break the bank either, for us the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the obvious choice.