2014 Hyundai Azera | new car review
Features, Design, Rear seats, Brilliant panoramic roof
A lot more hard plastic than you'd expect
The fifth generation of the Azera follows Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design philosophy and as a result finally bears some resemblance to its siblings the Genesis and Centennial. Upon first glance, the Azera is a striking car. A wide nose, neat rear end and numerous lines running across the hood and sides contribute to that. The use of chrome isn’t something Hyundai skimped on in the design of the Azera with the large grille up front; a thick chrome strip beginning at the headlights and continuing until the rear quarter panel, as well as another strip above the tail lights.
Open and the door and the beige leather and piano black trim combination radiates a sense of luxury. To add to the premium feel, the Azera boasts embroidery on the seat backs and nameplates on the arm rests of each door. Teens, or anyone with a musical ear will be delighted to know the Azera is available with a banging 10 speaker Infinity sound system as well. The rear seats are an absolute treat as they are well cushioned and provide great support without being uncomfortable. However, the use of hard plastics on majority of the dashboard and door panels serve as a constant reminder that the Azera isn’t really a premium sedan.
In terms of safety, the Azera packs in 9 airbags in total including side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Additionally, active head restraints are also present and are expected to reduce head and neck injury in a collision by up to 17%. The Azera is also equipped with an intelligent ECO button that modifies the engine and transmission controls to smoothen out the shift points and improve fuel economy.
What’s on offer?
The Azera is available with either a 2.4 litre engine that produces 177 horsepower and 231 Nm of torque or a 3.0 litre engine that produces 246 horsepower and 284 Nm of torque.
With a price tag of AED 99,000 to AED 117,000 the Azera brings a lot to the table and is a great option for those willing to look beyond its badge.