2012 Hyundai Azera | new car review

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 by

2012 Hyundai Azera , the 5th largest automobile manufacturer since 2007 brings to the GCC their premium large sedan, the 2012 Azera. The 5th generation Azera will fill the gap between mid-size Sonata and the Genesis premium large sport sedan.  A design theme calls “Fluidic Sculpture” inspires the dominant front grille and ‘Eagle Eye’ looking HID Xenon headlamps (optional). The new Azera at 4,910mm matches its predecessor for overall length, but is 10mm wider, at 1,860mm, and 20mm lower, at 1,470mm. The rear floor hump has also been lowered by 77mm, improving rear seat passenger space substantially. The Azera’s slippery exteriors lends it a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.28, a big plus for high speed stability and fuel economy. Apparently, its rivals average a 0.31 Cd.  The 6-cylinder Lambda-II 3.0-litre MPI makes 247bhp and 283Nm torque while the entry level inline 4-cylinder Theta-II 2.4-litre MPI produces 178bhp and 232Nm of torque. Expect fuel economy figures to hover around the 9.6l/100km and 9.3l/100km mark, respectively. The aluminium engine helps keep weight down and the engine noise has been reduced by use of a low maintenance roller chain drive system. Between crank shaft and prop shaft is a new standard 6-speed auto transmission, apt for this segment and engine size. Suspension duties are shared by the MacPherson struts up front and a Multi-link suspension in the rear. Coil springs and high-performance Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) have been utilized.2012 Hyundai Azera The chassis design is such that it absorbs and distributes crash energy throughout the body while key structures have been reinforced with ultra-high tensile strength steel for better crash protection. Active safety features include Electronic Stability Control and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). Braking performance also has been significantly upgraded with four disc brakes. (Hyundai’s press release states 17″ and 16″ brake rotors – a typo error I’m guessing). Occupant safety have been kept top priority with up to 9 airbags available. The new seat back-structure system and standard low-elasticity active headrests contribute to some reassurance. Hyundai offers Automatic Cruise Control in the Azera which features the optional Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) that watches the traffic ahead and slows down and speeds up accordingly. Plenty of stuff to spoil yourself in the Azera starting with the wide panorama sunroof, quality Nappa leather seats, front seat warmers and air-ventilated seats, suede interiors and a 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat. The Azera also gets a uniquely styled button-start smart key and an Electric Parking Brake.
With the Azera being front wheel drive, its main rivals are the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima, both of which are equipped with thumping 3.5-litre engines. Besides facing stiff competition from its cheaper and equally handsome sibling the Sonata, the premium price it demands and the slightly derogatory image Korean manufacturer it has to deal with, means that the Azera has the odds stacked up against it.
Hyundai’s dealer in Dubai has priced the top-spec model at AED 118,000 and the base model comes in at AED112, 000.

3 Responses to 2012 Hyundai Azera | new car review

  1. arash Reply

    January 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    i want buy it.plz   send me price and photo caller

  2. amir hasan khan Reply

    January 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

    my God………………………………….supa…………………….

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