Hyundai's new Sonata is high on style quotient
If styling is anything to go by, there’s a lot to look forward to in Hyundai’s latest-generation Sonata. Featuring the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and large dimensions, the Sonata has serious presence.autos Updated: Mar 19, 2012 00:27 IST
If styling is anything to go by, there’s a lot to look forward to in Hyundai’s latest-generation Sonata. Featuring the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and large dimensions, the Sonata has serious presence. The chrome grille and the large and elegant headlamps give the car an imposing face. Styling at the rear is good too, and the tapering LED-assisted taillights look terrific.
There is plenty on offer inside too. There is enough headroom even at the rear, great legroom, and the nicely contoured rear seats are comfortable. Two adults can
comfortably sit in the back. Adding to the comfort factor is the large flip-down armrest, which sports controls for the music system and seat ventilation. And cooled seats for the rear occupants are now a reality, while the front pair is both heated and cooled.
The front seats are also well-bolstered and supportive. Ten-way power adjustments for the driver’s seat with a memory function make it easy to find the perfect driving posture. You also get a great view out of the large windscreen and a rear-view camera makes parking a cup of tea.
The overall fit and finish is impressive, but some plastics on the centre console don’t look nice. Hyundai has also given the automatic Sonata a foot-operated parking brake that frees up storage space in the gearbox area.
Safety-features include six airbags, active headrests, a coned bonnet for enhanced pedestrian safety, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program and traction control. The new Sonata will only be available with a petrol engine for now. The 2.4-litre direct-injection motor outputs 198bhp at 6,000rpm. The engine is refined and settles at a quiet idle and bottom-end responses are good. However, it is on open stretches that the Sonata doesn’t feel as fast as the power figures suggest.
- Autocar India