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Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai Sonata summary

In 2001, when Hyundai launched the first generation Sonata in India, it was a hit amongst many. With design cues inspired by costlier luxury sedans, the Sonata was quite a looker. Hyundai updated the Sonata in 2005 with the Sonata Embera model, which was quite the opposite of the first-generation car’s design and the only one to feature a diesel engine. In 2012, Hyundai introduced the third generation Sonata with Hyundai’s signature fluidic design. However, not including a diesel engine in the car was a big mistake. Consequently, Sonata faced abysmal demand and ultimately was discontinued in 2015.

Powering the Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4 liter (2359 cc) 4-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine that produces a maximum power of 198 hp at 6,300 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 4250 rpm.

The Hyundai Sonata is offered only with a petrol engine.

Power is sent to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The lack of demand forced Hyundai to pull the plug on the Sonata in India. The year 2015 marked the official discontinuation of the Hyundai Sonata. The absence of a diesel engine is regarded as the prime version for Sonata’s poor sales figure. Hyundai hasn't launched any successor of the Sonata yet in India. However, the 8th generation of the Sonata globally has been spied testing on the Indian roads, suggesting a near launch.

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Hyundai has launched the 8th generation of the Sonata globally. The 8th generation model is basically a hybrid version, one of the first mass-market cars to feature a solar roof. Although Hyundai hasn’t unveiled Sonata’s launch date in India, spy images have been taken of Sonata’s testing in India, revealing the upcoming official launch.

The Sonata was offered in a 2.4 GDI trim, with automatic and manual variant options. The Sonata’s USP has to be its fluid design language. In contrast, competitors had an overall boxy design that looked bland and didn’t have an attractive appeal. Sonata’s design was inspired by premium luxury sedans, like the Mercedes C-CLASS. Its smooth flowing lines and coupe-like design made it look quite sporty and was a definite head-turner. Other exclusive features on the Sonata include heating and cooling functions for all four seats, audio controls on the rear armrest, etc.

To put the cost down, Hyundai decided to assemble the Sonata in its Chennai plant. And when fared against the competition, the Sonata was priced quite attractively. The manual variant was priced at Rs 18.5 lakh ex-showroom, and the automatic variant cost around Rs 20.61 lakh.

Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Skoda Superb were the major competitors of the Hyundai Sonata.

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Hyundai Sonata PRO’s & CON’s

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Styling is the Sonata's most significant advantage over its competition. The fluidic design looks lovely and is attention-grabbing. The car looks more expensive than it is.

The exquisite features list is the second most prominent advantage of the Hyundai Sonata over its rivals. Features like heating and cooling functions for all four seats and audio controls on the rear armrest are rare, even in pricier premium sedans.

In terms of ride quality, Sonata sure seems to have the edge over its rivals. The car is wholly oriented towards comfort, and you feel that every time you sit in your car. The car just glides over bad patches of roads, and the overall ride feels exceptionally comfy.

Though there is plenty of space at the back, a big hump in the middle of the backseat makes it extremely difficult to accommodate three passengers at the back. Rivals like Toyota Camry and Honda Accord offer much better back seats.

The 198 hp 2.4 litre petrol engine looks quite powerful on paper, but the low-end performance of this vehicle is inferior. The car feels underpowered at low revs, making it unfit for city commutes. Power starts kicking in only after the 2,000 rpm mark.

As mentioned earlier, the Sonata is available only with a petrol engine. This is a significant setback for most Indian buyers, as diesel engines account for most premium cars’ sales. All other rivals come with punchy diesel engine options.

In the essence of comfort, driving dynamics take a backseat. The Sonata is not at all an enthusiast's car. The suspension setup is too soft, and the car ends up feeling a bit bouncy at high speeds. Even on flat roads, there is some movement that is prevalent all the time. Also, the feel of the steering wheel is inferior.

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Overall, the Sonata is an excellent product from the Korean car manufacturer. The Sonata looks like a million bucks on the outside, with long sweeping projector headlamps and a chrome studded grille. The fancy styling continues on the inside as well. The dashboard is beautifully designed, the controls are nicely integrated, and you have every feature that you can ask for. Legroom at the back is ample, but seating three is a compromise, thanks to the large hump in the middle.

On the driving aspect, the 2.4 litre GDI engine performs well in the mid and top range of the power band. However, low-end performance is lacking, driving dynamics aren't that good, and when you combine all these with a not so excellent gearbox unit, the result is a car that is not the most fun to drive. However, at the cost of performance, you get oodles of comfort and luxury.

The Sonata has quite a lot of benefits over its competition. Key merits include attractive exterior and interior design, a long list of features, and excellent ride quality. The Sonata combines great styling, unique features, a comfortable cabin, and plush ride quality in a compelling manner.

The Hyundai Sonata is a perfect buy if you are looking for a premium luxury sedan that offers great looks, stylish interiors, lots of features, a comfortable ride, and a decent performing engine at an affordable price. However, it's important to mention that this car is not meant for you if you need great driving dynamics or a city-friendly car.

Hyundai Sonata key specification

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  • Specifications

Body Type Sedan

Fuel Type Petrol

ARAI Mileage 13.44 kmpl

City Mileage 10.22 kmpl

Seating Capacity 5

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