2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SR road test and review.
The Hyundai Santa Fe SR is the sporty version of Hyundai’s extremely popular Santa Fe SUV.
Featuring seven-seats, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SR promises a more exciting drive than what we might be used to in the mid-size SUV market, pricing starts at $59,990.
That’s a fair bit of cash for a Hyundai, especially when Santa Fe pricing starts at just under $38,500 (Santa Fe Active/petrol), but Hyundai has built in a handy list of sporty features in the SR, including;
- Body kit
- 19” O.Z Racing wheels
- Brembo brakes
- H&R Performance springs
This is all on top of a vehicle that carries a long list of standard gear, including;
- Lane departure warning
- Reverse camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Leather seats (heating and cooled upfront and heated rear)
- Satellite navigation
- Full length glass roof
- Climate control
- Electronic tailgate
Despite featuring a sporty profile and beefed up brakes and suspension, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SR shares the same 2.2 litre turbo diesel with the rest of the Santa Fe range, and power and torque outputs remain unchanged at 145kW/436Nm.
The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic and is very smooth and precise in its shifts. The engine is still very noisy though, and isn’t as hushed as when installed in the newer Kia Sorento.
While the drivetrain is not as sporty as the car’s styling might have you believe, it does offer more than enough punch for overtaking and should be able to haul seven people and cargo with little fuss.
The SR feels tight and taut in the bends and leaves other SUV rivals such as the Toyota Kluger for dead. Ride is noticeably firmer though than the configuration in other versions, but never jars or becomes brittle.
The Brembo brakes bring the SR to a stop quickly but progressively, and the brake pedal isn’t too sharp or oversensitive.
There is also a four-wheel drive system with a lock function and hill descent control should it be required.
Inside the cabin, well it is much the same story as that as the Santa Fe Highlander – big comfy leather seats, ample room for the first five passengers with the last two chairs reserved for children. There’s the same excellent fit and finish and the same very useful sat-nav and infotainment system.
What does become apparent is a lack of SR branding- there aren’t any special motifs or fixtures to segregate the Santa Fe SR from other models in the range as Hyundai has done with other models such as the i30 SR.
A five star safety rating features across the full 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe range and the SR is no exception, you also get a full five year warranty with the Hyundai product.
Summing it up; as per any Hyundai Santa Fe, the Santa Fe SR is a talented and accomplished in many areas, but I’m just not sure that the cosmetic and handling tweaks are worth the large price premium.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SR
Engine: 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 145kW and 436Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: from $59,990
Matt Calvitto is the founder of automotive website – themotoringguru.com