Hyundai Australia has revised its popular Santa Fe SUV for the 2016 model year, sprucing up its exterior with new bumpers, lights, grille and wheels, adding new trim to the interior and bringing more equipment to the mid and high-grade variants.
The changes also come with some modest price movements. Though there are no changes to the base model Santa Fe Active's price, the Elite and Highlander variants get price hikes of $1500 and $2750 respectively.
But that's balanced out by the more generous standard equipment list, which also sees the top-shelf Highlander equipped with autonomous emergency braking for the first time.
For the Active grade, the only spec change is the addition of a 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment display, incorporating Apple's Siri Eyes Free and Google Now smartphone-integrated voice controls.
The rest of the spec sheet reads the same, with rear parking sensors, rear camera, 17-inch alloys, dusk-sensing headlamps and rear airconditioning controls remaining standard fare.
Stepping up into the mid-grade Elite the new equipment list gets a a little lengthier. For 2016 all Santa Fe Elites will ship with an 8-inch colour infotainment display with sat-nav, a 10-speaker Infinity premium audio system, front parking sensors and dual front powered seats with integrated seat warmers.
That's in addition to the 18-inch alloys, powered tailgate, leather upholstery and keyless ignition that are already standard on the Elite.
Until the sports-tuned SR arrives in the first quarter of 2016, the Highlander is the flagship of the Santa Fe range. It takes all of the upgrades that come with the Elite, and adds a bevy of safety and driver-assist technologies to its spec sheet as well.
The aforementioned autonomous emergency braking is accompanied by radar-assisted cruise control, lane deparutre warning, rear cross traffic alert, a forward collision warning, and blind spot detection.
The Highlander's existing self-parking feature has also been expanded with new modes, now giving it the ability to deal with 90-degree car parks as well as the capacity to exit a parallel park.
Mechanical changes are limited to improved trailing-arm bushings and lateral bushings for the rear suspension, as well as a new calibration for the Active's 2.4 litre petrol that sees it make 3kW less power (138kW) and 1Nm less torque (241Nm), but improves low-end driveability.
The R-series diesel fares better, with 2kW more power (147kW) and 4Nm more torque than before (440Nm).
Fuel economy suffers slightly for the petrol engine, with both manual and automatic variants consuming 9.4 l/100km on the combined cycle (an increase of 0.3 l/100km).
Manual diesel models improve their fuel consumption by 0.3 l/100km to 6.3 l/100km, while diesel autos drink 7.7 l/100km on the combined cycle, up 0.4 l/100km on the outgoing model.
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series 2 range is on sale now, though supply issues for the SR variant mean that model won't be available until early 2016.
- Active - 2.4 petrol AWD - 6spd manual - $38,490
- Active - 2.4 petrol AWD - 6spd auto - $40,990
- Active - 2.2 diesel AWD - 6spd manual - $41,490
- Active - 2.2 diesel AWD - 6spd auto - $43,990
- Elite - 2.2 diesel AWD - 6spd auto - $49,990
- Highlander - 2.2 diesel AWD - 6spd auto - $55,990
- SR - 2.2 diesel AWD - 6spd auto - TBC
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