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