Spec-sheet brawl: Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mazda CX-9

Korean or Japanese?
by Drei Laurel | Sep 21, 2018
ILLUSTRATION: Raynand Olarte

There's a new midsize SUV on the block, and for a change, it's Korean-made, not Japanese.

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe made its Philippine debut during the 2018 Manila International Auto Show, and the vehicle immediately caught our attention with its elegant design and great interior.

It had us thinking: What other cars possessed both these qualities within the same relatively premium price range? And the first one to come to mind was the Mazda CX-9.

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes in at P2,338,000, while the Mazda CX-9's FWD Sport Touring variant carries a slightly higher P2,350,000 price tag. If we're taking a look underneath the hood, both cars have distinct differences: The Korean packs a 2.2-liter turbodiesel capable of 197hp and 441Nm of torque, while its Japanese rival uses a more potent 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline mill with 227hp and 420Nm.

Also, the Santa Fe uses an eight-speed automatic transmission while the Mazda comes with a six-speed. But other than that, these two are pretty similar specs-wise. Both have similar brake and suspension setups, and both flaunt premium interiors with leather seats, great sound setups, and multiple airbags, too.


Torn? Take a look at the two vehicles' spec-by-spec breakdown and let us know in the comments below which one you prefer.

 Hyundai Santa Fe Mazda CX-9 FWD Sport Touring
Price (Philippine Peso) 2,338,000 2,350,000
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine 2.2-liter turbodiesel 2.5-liter turbo gasoline
Power 197hp @ 3,800rpm 227hp @ 5,000rpm
Torque 441Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm 420Nm @ 2,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 71 74
Transmission Eight-speed automatic Six-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/solid disc Ventilated disc/solid disc
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Multi-link Multi-link beam
Wheels 19-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Tires 235/55 R19 255/60 R18
Audio system 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers
Seats Leather Leather
Airbags Driver/passenger, side, curtain Driver/passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,770 x 1,890 x 1,680 5,075 x 1,960 x 1,716
Wheelbase (mm) 2,765 2,930
Ground clearance (mm) 185 220

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