2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW X3

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe


The 2021 BMW X3 is an SUV that rides like a sports car. Thanks to BMW’s legendary engineering skills, this nimble SUV handles corners and tight turns with ease. Interior design is also premium with plenty of space for both human beings and cargo. With plenty of technology and safety features, you can’t go wrong with the 2021 BMW X3.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is also a very attractive SUV with the 2021 model featuring several upscale features. This gives the 2021 Santa Fe plenty of curb appeal and the roomy interior is also great for families looking for a people carrier. Here is a comparison between these two cars.

Design & Style

One of the biggest advantages of buying the 2021 BMW X3 is the fact that you get a lot of features as standard. For example, rear-passengers get reclining seats as standard, a feature that is not available in most other cars of its category (Not even as an option). The cabin is glossy and has an authentic premium feel to it. This allows the 2021 X3 to be a car that you can use to attend a glitzy party and then do school runs the following day.

The 2021 Santa Fe features fewer premium features in the cabin although the cabin design is not bad at all. The cabin is comfortable and with certain upgrades, can be made somewhat luxurious. These upgrades include heated seats and digital gauges. Still, drivers looking for an ordinary SUV to handle day to day activities will probably not mind the 2021 Santa Fe’s shortcomings.

Technology & Safety

With a 10.3-inch infotainment display, the 2021 X3 is miles ahead of the Santa Fe. Throw in the iDrive software that is easy to use, features high-quality graphics and you have a clear winner when it comes to tech and safety features. The 2021 X3 also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to easily connect your smartphone to your car.

The 2021 Santa Fe offers an 8-inch infotainment system that is mounted at the top of the dashboard. Infotainment output is average and users looking for a better experience can opt for an upgrade that delivers a 10.3-inch touch screen.


BMW is famous for making cars that are fun to drive and the 2021 X3 is no exception. The SUV is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged engine that is finely tuned for an excellent performance. Zero to sixty is achieved in a blistering 6.2 seconds and cornering is superb. With a well-tuned suspension, road imperfections are canceled out. All said you will enjoy driving the 2021 BMW X3.

The 2021 Santa Fe offers drivers several options when it comes to drivetrains. The base model features a 2-liter engine that generates about 190hp. While sufficient for everyday use, this is not a car that will thrill a discerning driver. Better engine variants are available but you have to pay for higher trims.

The Bottom Line

When all is said and done, the 2021 X3 is a far better automobile than the 2021 Santa Fe. The BMW beats the Hyundai in almost all categories. It drives better, handles better, and even looks better.

Ready to Schedule a 2021 BMW X3 Test Drive Today?

At Competition BMW of Smithtown, we give you a chance to experience the pure thrill of driving a 2021 BMW X3 for yourself. Come and visit us today or give us a call at (888) 734-3331 to schedule a test drive. Our dealership staff is always on standby to assist you, and we look forward to serve you in the best way possible.


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