The Hyundai Sonata received a minor revamp a few months back and it’s time for us to see what extra goodies are on offer.
On exhibit was the top grade Sonata Premium which for around $2600 more than the previous version you get all the latest safety technology.
This includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert which all help detect vehicles in a parallel lane, cars coming from a perpendicular direction and cars in front by maintaining a safe distance during cruise control.
Very convenient, and almost essential tools in all the best current models by assisting the driver and leaving them with less to worry about.
So this brings the price tag of the Sonata Premium up to $45,490 though the good news is the base model Active remains unchanged at $30,590 gaining paddle shifters across all variants.
Meanwhile, the mid-spec Elite does profit from auto wipers, heated front seats, electronic park brake, front park assist and the option of the large panoramic sunroof, which are all available in the Premium.
Though the external styling hasn’t changed, the Hyundai Sonata Premium looks as elegant as ever, with a long, sleek but robust body enhanced by the chrome highlights, dual exhaust, shark fin antenna and that huge two panel sunroof.
At a glance it could be mistaken for a European car and this is also true when you step inside.
The leather seats, black/grey interior with carbon fibre inserts and the simplistic yet functional dash is reminiscent of a more prestigious brand.
Hyundai certainly have come a long way in a short time and are continuing that trend.
Other neat features worth a mention are ventilated front seats with electric adjustment and memory function, rear door blinds, HID headlamps with washers, LED puddle lamps, 18” alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, all exclusive to the Premium grade.
While auto wipers, dual zone climate control, 8” touch screen with sat nav, a proximity key with push button start, electronic park brake with auto hold, chrome door handles and a smart bootlid that opens by itself when you stand behind the car with the key, are also available in the Sonata Elite.
There’s enough extra power under the hood to make the drive less boring though I experienced some slight turbo lag.
Three drive modes can be selected though I found the Sports mode was a bit fidgety.
The Hyundai Sonata leaves very little to complain about.
I didn’t do excessive amounts of trip in the Hyundai but even so I didn’t notice the fuel gauge decreasing as much as it should.
That’s when I recalled the Sonata possess a ridiculously big 70 litre fuel tank giving it plenty of mileage for those long vacations.
But as in my prior stint, the Hyundai Sonata serves its purpose well, supplying a comfortable drive, a spacious cabin, performance and a dash of elegance in what is a great family car.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Hyundai Sonata Premium
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo petrol at 180kW and 350Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Warranty: 5 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $45,490