Make / Model Search

New models - Hyundai - Santa Fe

Driven: Refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe rolls in

New and improved: While exterior tweaks to the Santa Fe are limited to a different grille, LED running lights and corning headlights, the big changes come in the form of fresh technology and refined suspension.

Hyundai has added more features to the new 2015 Santa Fe to keep sales growing


Click to see larger images

16 Oct 2014

HYUNDAI’S 2015 Santa Fe has arrived with subtle styling changes, new features and improved suspension and steering, which the Korean car-maker hopes will keep Australian buyers interested in the family friendly SUV.

Speaking at the launch of the 2015 update this week, Hyundai Motor Co Australia (HMCA) chief operating officer John Elsworth said the SUV segment in Australia was doing well despite the overall market being down and he was pleased with Santa Fe’s performance.

“Santa Fe from our point (of view) has been a magnificent success story since introduction,” he said.

“We are up 2.6 per cent for the year and I would have to tell you one of the most pleasing parts of Santa Fe’s performance is how strong our variant mix is at the top end with the Highlander.” With the base Active accounting for 19 per cent of sales and the mid-spec Elite making up 32 per cent, half all Santa Fes sold are range-topping Highlanders, which HMCA senior manager of product planning Andrew Tuitahi said is significant as it shows buyers are willing to outlay this much on a Hyundai.

“We’re extremely proud to have 49 per cent of Santa Fe customers spending more that $50,000 on their Hyundai,” he said.

“We believe this demonstrates more than a simple value for money equation – it indicates to us that Santa Fe now passes the family barbecue debates, and the keys on the bar at the pub test.

“So in the interest of maintaining this trend we’ve introduced a raft of new features for 2015.” Styling tweaks for the updated model include daytime running lights and cornering headlights across the range and a new chrome-effect grille with a darker tint.

The base Active gains these enhancement while retaining its previous price of $38,490, plus on-road costs in manual form and $40,990 with an automatic transmission for the petrol variants, while the diesels stay at $41,490 and $43,990 for the manual and auto respectively.

The Elite’s price is up by $500 to $48,490 but gains Hyundai’s Hands-free Smart Tailgate which opens when it detects the key in close proximity.

At $53,240 the range topping Highlander’s price is up $1250 but it gains the new tailgate along with a lane departure warning system, automatic parking, front parking sensors, plus heated and ventilated front seats.

The engine line-up stays the same with the buyers of the Active able to choose from the 141kW/242Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol or the 145kW/421Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission (which makes 436Nm when mated to the diesel).

Elite and Highlander variants are available with the diesel engine and automatic transmission only, but all-wheel drive is standard across the Santa Fe range.

Hyundai’s Australian engineering team has further refined the Santa Fe’s suspension package. New dampers and a stiffer rear spring improve body control, different front wheel bearings and redesigned front knuckles and lower arm bushes help lateral stability and decrease impact harshness.

Understeer has been reduced, too, with changes to the new rear upper arm.

A faster 32-bit power steering processor has been introduced which improves feel and results in smoother torque build-up.

Standard features for all variants carry across from the 2014 model with the Active’s list including keyless entry, 4.3-inch touch screen, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, leather steering wheel, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels and full sized spare.

The Elite adds leather upholstery, 7.0-inch screen with satellite navigation, premium audio system, power driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, heated wing mirrors, LCD centre display, dual-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels.

The Highlander brings a panoramic sunroof, HDI headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels.

As previously reported, an SR variant will take its place at the top of the Santa Fe line-up at the start of 2015, with prices believed to start from less than $60,000. Powered by the same diesel engine that serves the rest of the range, the SR will arrive with upgraded brakes and sports suspension for better dynamics and a sportier body kit.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe pricing*
2.4L GDi petrol Active $38,490
2.4L GDi petrol Active (a) $40,990
2.2L CRDi diesel Active $41,490
2.2L CRDi diesel Active (a) $43,990
2.2L CRDi diesel Elite $48,490
2.2L CRDi diesel Highlander $53,240
*Excludes on-road costs.

Quick tests

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new Santa Fe

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Hyundai models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here