The Hyundai Sonata is a comfortable and likable midsize sedan. Like most vehicles in its class, the Sonata offers front-wheel drive, numerous safety features and a choice of trim levels that include sporty and plush variants. Setting the Sonata apart, however, is Hyundai's lower pricing and outstanding warranty coverage.
Although it's classified as a full-size family sedan, the Hyundai Sonata still competes in the midsize segment. It's available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. Even the base car comes well equipped, while the SE features sporty suspension tuning and the Limited pampers its passengers with more luxurious features.
From the Outside
The new Hyundai Sonata has been beautifully crafted and followed the principles of its signature Fluidic design. The design considers the interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion.
Long, light and low, the huge sized chrome grille is designed with utmost care and looks like a stunning waterfall thereby giving the front fascia a premium look. It also has a beautifully curved coupe like roofline along with prominent wheel arches that fits in strong 17 inches of alloy wheels.
On the Inside
While the exteriors of 2012 Hyundai Sonata are certainly impressive, the interiors doesn’t let down as well. The glossy centre console gives out a much sportier look. Some premium equipment includes a six CD changer music system with AUX-in and USB support, ventilated leather seats for rear and front, ten way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, four way adjustable seat for the front co-passenger, cruise control, high intensity Xenon headlamps and push button keyless start.
The safety features comprise of anti-lock braking system with EBD (Electronic Brake Force distribution), rear view camera, Electro chromic mirror and six airbags.
Under the Hood
Powered by a 2.4-liter direct-injected inline four-cylinder with 198Nm horsepower and 184 PS of torque, this powerful 2.4 litre of GDI petrol engine is further mated with the six-speed automatic and manual transmission with paddle shifters, depending on the model one chooses.
In reviews we've found that the Sonata provides spirited acceleration as well as responsive handling, with a slightly firm but still comfortable ride. Fuel mileage is also impressive.
Whether serving family car or commuter car duty, the Hyundai Sonata is a nice place to be thanks to its spacious cabin, comfortable seating, solid build quality and quiet highway ride.