The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe.
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai upgrades Santa Fe for 2015

HYUNDAI has upgraded its Santa Fe large SUV, with some exterior improvements and a range of cool technological additions.

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with an automatic tailgate, while the top-shelf Highlander gets a hefty safety equipment upgrade which includes lane departure warning and an automatic parking functionality.

Entry level prices for the diesel and petrol models remain the same, but upper echelon models have risen. Elite models are now $48,490 (up from $47,990), while the sticker on Highlanders is now $53,240 (up from $51,990).

Highlanders now also include ventilated leather/leatherette front seats and a panoramic sunroof which allows operation after the vehicle is switched off.

Santa Fe's automatic tailgate is operated by the sensor in the vehicle's proximity key, just stand near the back of the car for three seconds and the boot opens. Daytime running lights and cornering lights are also stanard across the three-level range.

Four-cylinder drivetrain options, dimensions and kerb weights remain unchanged.

Buyers can still choice between a 2.4-litre petrol engine (141kW and 242Nm) or the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel (145kW and 421Nm in manual form, 436Nm for the automatic).

"The award-winning Santa Fe has been a success story for Hyundai in Australia since its launch in 2012 and the upgraded version for 2015 should help maintain that strong sales performance," said Hyundai Motor Company Australia director of marketing, Oliver Mann.

"We're proud of the vehicle's refinement, practicality, performance and value."

Like all Hyundais, the Santa Fe comes with lifetime capped price servicing. That program came into effect this month, and caps the prices of all scheduled services for the entire life of every Hyundai vehicle in Australia.

The five-year unlimited kilometre warranty also applies, as does 10-year roadside assist. 

Hyundai Santa Fe

Active (m) $38,490
Active (a) $40,990
Active (m) $41,490
Active (a) $43,990
Elite (a) $48,490
Highlander (a) $53,240

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2015 model.