- Five-seat, two-row version of the Santa Fe crossover
- Excellent crash test ratings
- Several new standard features for 2015
The smaller of the Santa Fe models, the 2015 Santa Fe Sport is a five-seat, two-row midsize crossover that gets a few slight updates for the new model year.
Hyundai says that they’ve tweaked the steering feel on the Santa Fe Sport to make it feel more lively so it at least somewhat lives up to the latter part of its name. There are also a few new standard features to be found on the interior and exterior. Daytime running lights and a blind spot mirror on the driver’s side mirror are now standard, while inside the passenger’s window now has auto up/down capability. New for 2015 is an optional hands-free power liftgate; stand behind the Santa Fe Sport with the key fob on your person for three seconds and the liftgate will open automatically.
The Santa Fe Sport is the smaller of the two Santa Fe models, with only two rows of seating. It is shorter by 8.5-inches and lighter by over 250 pounds which makes it quicker and more efficient than the larger, three-row Santa Fe. The exterior styling is angular, with sharp headlamps and a large version of Hyundai’s hexagonal front grille up front. Wheels are 17-inches or 19-inches on turbocharged models.
Under the hood, the 2015 Santa Fe Sport offers a pair of four-cylinder engine options. The base engine is a 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder while turbo models get a more powerful 264-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is shared with the Sonata Turbo. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission exclusively. An all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring for better traction is available; towing capability tops out at 3,500 pounds. Fuel economy ratings are class competitive. The best fuel economy is achieved with the base engine, 22/33 mpg city/highway. Turbo models come in behind that with 21/31 mpg city/highway. Opting for all-wheel drive drops these figures slightly.
Inside, the Santa Fe Sport offers a cabin that punches above its weight offering plenty of standard kit and good fit and finish. The design is unmistakably Hyundai, with several different layers that mix materials as you move down the dash from top to bottom. Standard features include a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and BlueLink telematics. The Sante Fe Sport also offers plenty in the way of available features, with leather upholstery, heated fron seats, a panoramic moonroof, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen all optional.
The 2015 Santa Fe Sport performed well in crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA as well as a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Seven airbags, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes come standard.