2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4-door SUV
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2013-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two distinct Santa Fe models, a 2-row Sport and a somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe. Ratings apply to both 2-row and 3-row models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 13 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right.

Door hinge pillar and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1511
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 26
Footrest (cm) 13
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm) 21
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 16
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 8
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 19
Upper dash (cm) 18
Lower instrument panel (cm) 14

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1511
Head
HIC-15 75
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 16
Femur (kN)
Left 4.8
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 10
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 3
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.18
Right 0.70
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 119
Right 39

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2013-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two distinct Santa Fe models, a 2-row Sport and a somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both 2-row and 3-row models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1204
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -7
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1204
Head
HIC-15 180
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.28
Maximum tibia index - right 0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 45
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4-door 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There were now two distinct Santa Fe models, a 2-row Sport and a somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification. (Note that the vehicle tested was a 2-wheel-drive Sport model, but extra weight was added to the vehicle to increase its curb weight to that of a comparable 4-wheel drive model.) Ratings apply to both 2-row and 3-row models through the 2018 model year.

Beginning with the 2019 model year, the 3-row Santa Fe was renamed the Santa Fe XL, and the 2-row Santa Fe Sport was redesigned and renamed the Santa Fe. The 2019 Santa Fe XL therefore shares the ratings on this page, but the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe is rated separately.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1206
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1206
Head HIC-15 165
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 27
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 7.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 182
A-P moment (Nm) 34

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1206
Head HIC-15 109
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.50
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 106
A-P moment (Nm) 31

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,877 lbs
Peak force 16,982 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.38

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 17
Distance below top of head (mm) -2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.4
Head contact time (ms) 58
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 324

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted