There’s a new mid-size offering that Australian car buyers need to check-out with the Hyundai Sonata now available in Australian Hyundai dealerships.
Priced from $29,990, I’m pleased to say that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is nothing at all like the less than great Sonata vehicles that Hyundai imported into Australia in the brands early days here.
In fact, you could say that the new Hyundai Sonata is even on-par with many of the more expensive European models.
Featuring a 2.4 litre petrol engine in the entry-level Sonata Active, this power plant produces 138kW and 241Nm, fuel consumption is a claimed combined 8.3L/100kms.
The mid-spec Elite and top-spec Premium get a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers a healthy 180kW and 350Nm, combined fuel consumption is a claimed 9.2L/100kms for the turbo variant.
While the Sonata looks a little more thirsty than main rivals – Toyota Camry (7.8L/100kms) and Holden Malibu (8.0L/100kms), both Hyundai engines pack more punch than the 123kW/225Nm Holden and 133kW/231Nm Toyota outputs.
The mid-size Hyundai features a six-speed automatic transmission as standard across all three model grades.
On the road, despite some minor deficiencies, the Sonata offers a well-balanced driving experience with a comfortable ride, precise steering and composed handling.
Acceleration, especially from the turbo-charged engine, is quite spirited. While the brakes are superb, the Sonata has just a little lag when it comes to cornering and driving dynamics that aren’t particularly exciting.
On the credit side, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s interior design and materials are more upscale than many of its competitors’. This also applies to the Sonata’s serenely quiet cabin and spacious back seat.
Boot space is also very generous, while standard features, even in the entry-level Sonata include 17”alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, reverse camera and key-less entry.
While, the upper-spec Elite and Premium grades of the Sonata feature luxury and comfort inclusions such as a DVD player, sat-nav, push-button ignition and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat.
Another interesting feature is the Hyundai Smart boot system, which opens the boot when it detects the key fob behind the vehicle for more than three seconds.
The infotainment system fitted to the Sonata is attractive and user-friendly, while audio, climate and navigation controls can all be adjusted via separate controls outside of the touch-screen system.
All models of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata feature a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the new Hyundai Sonata is much more mature in its design and execution than in the Sonata/i45 models that have come before it.
Thankfully, Hyundai has also got the pricing just right and with a generous list of standard inclusions the redesigned Hyundai Sonata hits nearly all the right notes.
It’s a well-rounded, quality-feeling vehicle that should appeal to a broad swath of mid-size buyers.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Hyundai Sonata
- Engine: 2.4 litre petrol producing 138kW and 241Nm or 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 180kW and 350Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Five years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: From $29,990