With a powerful engine, upscale interior and smooth handling, the 2020 Volvo XC40 is a favorite buy for most car shoppers. On the other hand, the Hyundai Santa Fe hampers its rating with a so-so performance.

Design & Style

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe can seat up to five. The front seats are cozy and have plenty of space for adults. The reclining rear seats look good. The cabin looks attractive with some high-end materials, but a lot of noise may seep in at highway speeds. The cargo space is average compared to other rivals.

The 2020 Volvo XC40 is a 5-seater with better seating accommodation than subcompact SUVs. Both the rows have ample legroom and headroom, even for taller passengers. Outside visibility is great and the interior includes some of the panache and elegance of larger SUVs like XC90 and XC60. The base model comes with T-Tec upholstery, a combination of synthetic lath bolsters and cloth cushion coverings.

Technology & Safety

Standard technology features in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB ports, Bluetooth and a 7-inch infotainment system. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. It takes a bit of learning to get used to the system. Some of the optional safety features include rear parking sensors, Blind view monitor and blind spot monitoring.

For the 2020 Volvo XC40, tech features include a 9-inch touch screen system with Wifi hot spot, 8-speaker stereo, three USB ports, HD radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Most of the functions are controlled by the touch screen functionality. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, automatic high beam headlights, rearview camera, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. Given the intuitiveness of the system and crispness of graphics, you just cannot ask for anything better.


Performance is a crucial parameter to take into account when you are looking to buy a car. Speaking of which, the 2020 Sante Fe comes with a 185-HP 4-cylinder engine that feels underpowered in most situations. Even the highest configuration in the lineup is not that impressive.

With high-end passing power and spry acceleration off the line, the 2020 XC40 feels punchy, offering smooth handling. Coupled with 8-speed auto transmission, it is a fun-to-drive vehicle that handles curves with zeal.

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Volvo XC40 provides a more athletic driving experience than most of its rivals. It's not only comfortable but also packed with features that makes it a solid buy for shrewd drivers.

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