2014 Hyundai Sonata | new car review

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by
2014 Hyundai Sonata
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 69,900 - AED 95,900
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  • Last modified: December 8, 2014
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 50%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The Sonata is a mid-size sedan produced by the Korean manufacturer and has come a long way since its introduction in 1985. Now in its sixth generation, the Sonata showcases the companies "fluidic sculpture" quite extensively and competes against the Kia Optima.

Pros

Dashboard design

Cons

Exterior design
Centre display

Looks

Apart from the large chrome grille up front, there aren’t too many things on the 2014 Hyundai Sonata that shout out ‘appealing’. The Sonata comes off as Hyundai’s appeal to strike a balance between elegance and economy and quite frankly the latter hit harder. The nearly semi-circled headlights seem much too large for the face of the Sonata and the thick chrome strips beginning at the headlights and continuing along the length of the car remind us of the Hyundai Azera.

2014 Hyundai Sonata Exterior collage

Feels

Though well designed, the interior of the Sonata is a plastic haven. With ample amounts of black and silver trim, a unique dashboard design and an uncommon centre stack, the Sonata definitely scores points for creativity. However, the digital display that relays information related to the audio system is by far the most dated we have come across in a long time.

2014 Hyundai Sonata Interior

Engineering

The Sonata is equipped with an interesting feature that goes by the name of Amplitude Selective Damper (ASD). This system works by varying the car’s shock absorption capabilities, to increase stability and comfort. Driving on a smooth, well – maintained road or a bumpy, uneven one, the Sonata does its level best to ensure the comfort and steady handling are preserved.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Sonata is available with either a 2.0 litre engine or a slightly larger 2.4 litre. The 2.0 litre engine produces 160 horsepower and 194 Nm of torque while the 2.4 litre engine produces 175 horsepower and 228 Nm of torque. Though the overall dimensions of the Sonata are nearly identical to the Kia Optima, the Kia boasts 3 extra horsepower when compared to the Sonata with a similar engine.

Summing it…

With a price bracket of AED 69,900 to AED 95,900 the Hyundai Sonata wears a higher starting price tag than the Kia Optima. For those willing to look beyond its rather unappealing exterior, the Sonata is a comfortable and practical family car.

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