Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Hyundai Santa Fe
Volkswagen Tiguan
Hyundai Santa Fe
At a Glance: VW Tiguan vs. Santa Fe
VW Tiguan

Are you looking to add a new SUV to your family? Does it need to be agile and fuel-efficient? What about spacious and comfortable? Must it have advanced technology on board? No matter what your SUV requirements are, we’re sure you’ll find a home in the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan or the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe.

To help Livonia or Dearborn drivers decide, our team at LaFontaine Volkswagen Livonia has put together the following VW Tiguan vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison. Unveil the winner below!



221 lb-ft | 181lb-ft
VW Tiguan vs Santa Fe


124 cu. ft. | 111.5 cu.ft
VW Tiguan vs Santa Fe


8" | 4.2"
VW Tiguan vs Santa Fe
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the VW Tiguan compares to the Hyundai Santa Fe.
VW Tiguan

If you’re constantly on the move, you’ll enjoy the standard capabilities of the VW Tiguan and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Both models offer agile handling, peppy engines, and plenty of endurance to keep up with your active lifestyle.

Effortless Driving

The VW Tiguan features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 221 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Hyundai equips a slightly larger 2.5L 4-cylinder engine; however, it generates significantly less torque at 181 lb-ft.

What are the benefits of more torque? For starters, it enables efficient and energy-saving driving. Plus, higher torque allows you to haul heavier loads with ease. So, go on, use the 1,500-pound towing capacity of the VW Tiguan to your advantage.

When a steep ascent enters your path, you’ll also have an easier time climbing it in the VW Tiguan.

Go the Distance

Adventure comes natural to the VW Tiguan and the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is why both models have impressive fuel economies! However, the VW Tiguan slightly edges out the Santa Fe in terms of highway miles:

  • VW Tiguan: EPA-estimated 24 city/31 highway MPG*
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: EPA-estimated 25 city/28 highway MPG

Both models will be excellent companions during city drives; however, the added highway mileage on the VW Tiguan means you can travel farther when the adventure bug strikes.

VW Tiguan

Everyone needs a little bit of flexibility as they go through life. After all, change is one of the only constants people have. What better way to navigate through life than in the VW Tiguan or the Hyundai Santa Fe, which flexibly tackle change.

Room for Growth

The Hyundai Santa Fe seats five adults, which is perfect for growing families. However, if you need extra space for furry friends or new bundles of joy, the VW Tiguan can offer ultimate versatility with its seven standard seats.

More seating appointments in the cabin also means a larger passenger volume. Just how much extra space does the VW Tiguan have? Let’s see:

  • VW Tiguan: 124 cubic feet
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: 111.5 cubic feet

Your rear-seat passengers are going to love that extra wiggle room!

Which SUV Matches Your Comfort Standards?

Comfort comes standard in the VW Tiguan and the Santa Fe. Both models have standard cloth seats so you can sink in on long or short drives. However, if your adventures slink into nighttime, the standard heated front seats in the VW Tiguan will come in handy. You’ll need to upgrade your Hyundai to enjoy a similar feature.

VW Tiguan

In the VW Tiguan and the Hyundai Santa Fe, technology comes in all shapes and varieties. Whether it be smartphone integration or driver-assistance features, you’ll enjoy the latest in automotive innovation in either model.

Your Information in Stunning Graphics

Both SUVs offer 8-inch touchscreen displays that pair with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. However, where they differ is in their instrument clusters.

Behind the wheel of the VW Tiguan, you’ll find an 8-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which comes with two views and customizable widgets. This feature can be upgraded to the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro that includes three views—such as full-screen navigation—and 21 viewing options that display this type of information:

  • Car Status
  • Driving Data
  • Phone Information
  • Driver Assistance

In comparison, the Hyundai’s standard Multi-Information Display is 4.2 inches.

An SUV That Watches Your Back

The VW Tiguan and the Hyundai Santa Fe can be your next family car thanks to their reassuring safety suites. Both models have brand-specific versions of these driver-assistance features:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Traffic Alert System

The VW Tiguan takes your safety to new levels with its standard Active Blind Spot Monitor. This system uses radar sensors to scan approaching traffic, and then, warn drivers of the presence of another vehicle in adjacent lanes via an LED symbol in the sideview mirrors.

The Hyundai has a comparable feature, which is available on higher trim levels.

Which SUV Are You Choosing?
VW Tiguan

With better performance, interior features, and technologies, we believe the 2023 VW Tiguan will elevate your Livonia or Dearborn, MI drives compared to the Hyundai Santa Fe. Do you agree? If so, schedule a test drive with LaFontaine Volkswagen Livonia today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 VW Tiguan for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

* 24 city/31 highway mpg (2023 Tiguan 2.0L EA888 inline four-cylinder; 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.condition.

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