For the 2015MY, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a starting price of $24,950, excluding the $875 freight charge. Still, more standard comfort and convenience equipment will be available for the 2015MY, as well as refinements brought to the steering and suspension systems. According to Hyundai, the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models arrive with a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering wheel.
Despite the change, the steering system keeps the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which offers a ‘Sport’ setting that offers a firmer steering. Moreover, the steering feel was enhanced thanks to retuned front wheel bushings.
Comfort was improved thanks to suspension enhancements which increase wheel bearing stiffness and lower control arm bushing stiffness. In addition, the revised rear suspension geometry and bushings increase lateral stiffness.
Engines remain untouched on the Santa Fe Sport, which means we will find the Theta II 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine that produces 190 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, there is a Theta II 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine delivering 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
The Santa Fe LWB gets the Lambda 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that generates 290 hp. The six-speed automatic transmission is offered as standard on all 2015 Santa Fe models. Also as standard for the 2015MY Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models are the daytime running lights, driver’s blind spot mirror and auto up/down front passenger power window.
Two new colours are available: Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite. And the biggest improvement is the offering of a new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open.
Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Santa Fe includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).