Headlining the changes for 2018 include the Hyundai SmartSense active safety suite being equipped as standard across the range - including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and radar-guided smart cruise control - previously limited to the flagship Highlander model.
Entry-level Active and ActiveX variants get the safety upgrade with no price increase, while also gaining a new 4.2-inch colour driver's information display, replacing the outgoing model's monochromatic 3.5-inch unit.
Other changes for the Active and ActiveX include an electronic parking brake, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, power folding side mirrors, and puddle lights in the side mirrors. The manual-equipped Active is no longer available, making the ActiveX the price leader and the Santa Fe range automatic-only.
Meanwhile, the higher-spec Elite and Highlander variants get a new 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system, which also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Pricing remains unchanged despite the extra equipment, starting at $40,990 for the front-wheel drive V6 petrol ActiveX and climbing to $57,090 for the all-wheel drive turbo-diesel Highlander.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe pricing
ActiveX 3.3 MPi FWD - $40,990
Active 2.4 GDi AWD - $41,850
Active 2.2 CRDi AWD - $44,850
Elite 2.2 CRDi AWD - $51,990
Highlander 2.2 CRDi AWD - $57,090
All prices exclude on-road costs unless otherwise specified