Hyundai Santa Fe Series II facelift gets revised engines, more equipment

Hyundai Australia will launch the 2015-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II very soon, bringing a range of updates to the exterior and interior, increased safety, and even more standard equipment.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II-side

Three key variants grades will continue to be offered, plus the sporty SR model later down the track. These continue to be split up by two powertrain options, including a 2.4-litre petrol producing 138kW and 241Nm, and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel developing 147kW and 440Nm.

The petrol engine sees a 3kW and 1Nm decrease, along with a 0.3L/100km increase in official fuel consumption. Meanwhile the diesel sees a 2kW and 4Nm increase, along with a 0.3L/100km decrease in fuel consumption for the manual (auto is up 0.4L/100km).

Fuel consumption is rated at 9.4L/100km for both the manual and auto petrol, while the diesel is rated at 6.3L/100km for the manual and 7.7L/100km for the auto.

In terms of equipment updates, the base model Active now comes with a 3.5-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display, a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment interface, and Siri Eyes Free and Google Now voice activation capability.

The Series II Elite gets an 8.0-inch touch-screen interface, a premium Infinity 550-Watt sound system, front parking sensors, a power driver’s seat with memory function, and a satin chrome front grille.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II exterior

For the flagship Highlander, Hyundai has thrown in autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, smart cruise control capable of maintaining a safe distance between other cars at speeds between 30-180km/h, and rear parking assist with automatic parking functionality.

All models receive a light design facelift, with a new front grille, front bumper design, new headlights and LED daytime running lights lower down, as well as a set of dual trapezoidal exhaust tips. The rear bumper bar has also been revised and features a silver-effect skid plate.

Inside, the Active gets “woodgrain-effect” trimmings, while the Elite and Highlander get matt carbon-effect inserts. There’s also a new instrument cluster as mentioned, and audio head units. See below for the starting prices (excluding on-road costs):

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Active 2.4 petrol manual – $38,490
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Active 2.4 petrol auto – $40,990
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Active 2.2 diesel manual – $41,490
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Active 2.2 diesel auto – $43,990

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Elite 2.2 diesel auto – $49,990

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II Highlander 2.2 diesel auto – $55,990

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II interior

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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