2010 Hyundai Sonata | new car review

Posted on May 23, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sixth generation Sonata sedan is an all-new car for 2010 and is one of the most striking mid-size sedans on offer in the Middle East. Following on from the modern-looking Genesis and Genesis Coupe, the Sonata distils this new design-strong visual language down into a smaller package.

That’s not to say this Sonata is small – far from it, it’s actually grown a few centimetres compared to its predecessor and should now be considered on par with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. Overall, the 2011 Sonata is a massive step away from the previous car – so much so, that in some markets it gets a new name to distance itself from the image of the old car.

The Genesis marked a step change for Hyundai and the Sonata is reaping the benefits. The project to work on the car was started in 2005 and the effort gone into the car is marked. Interior quality is massively improved, overall fit and finish is excellent and the overall car has a feeling of solidity to it that was sadly lacking on the old model. Included in the many new features in the cabin are connections for all manner of MP3 players and USB-based storage systems.

Two engines are offered – a 162bhp 2.0-litre and an all-new 2.4-litre with 198bhp. Both are mated to an excellent six-speed automatic gearbox, which allows the engine to really shine. Top spec models can even be specified with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts to deliver a more involved experience to the driver. A whole host of electronic safety systems are also fitted as standard.

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