2015 Hyundai Sonata | New Car Review

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by
2015 Hyundai Sonata
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 73,500 - 106,000
  • 4/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • 1 Review

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  • Last modified: July 7, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

Unveiled to the Korean public in late March, the Sonata has been amid a fair amount of hype surrounding its arrival to the Middle East. Welcoming a bold new exterior and a revised interior, the 2015 Sonata carries the nameplate which entered the brand’s line-up in 1985, into its seventh generation of production.

Pros

Exterior styling is a massive improvement over the previous generation model.

Cons

From one end, Hyundai's busy tom-tomming about the Sonata's Advanced High Strength Steel, while from the other, it's shameful to see them still producing vehicles with just one airbag.

Looks

Following in the footsteps of the Genesis, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the second model in the brand’s line-up to have been penned using the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. While angular headlamps, chrome surrounds around the fog lamp housings, and a large chrome grille adorn the frontal section of the Korean sedan, trademark cues such as the chrome strip originating at the headlamp clusters and running along the window line, is still very much present.

2015 Hyundai Sonata top

Feels

A significant step up from the outgoing model, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata no longer feels like it belongs to the previous decade. Keeping up with newer entrants in the market, the neater two-tone dashboard features a combination of silver trim and black plastic to cater to a slightly upper market audience.

2015 Hyundai Sonata interior

Engineering

An impressive 51 percent of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s steel is Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), increasing stiffness and protecting passengers more effectively with improved body structure rigidity. But what’s surprising, is to discover that the 2015 Sonata comes with just one and two airbags in the base and mid-option model respectively. In this day and age, that’s utterly shameful.

2015 Hyundai Sonata rear

What’s on offer?

Under the hood of the Sonata resides a 2.4 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine which sends 178 horsepower and 229 Nm of torque through a 6 speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. Equipped with three drives modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) and an all-new suspension set-up, the 2015 Sonata promises to offer a much smoother and more comfortable ride.

2015 Hyundai Sonata interior

Verdict

Prices for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata begin at an extremely affordable AED 73,500 and rise to AED 106,000 for the top of the line variant. With looks to match, a decent engine, and an extremely affordable price tag, the Sonata seems like an absolute bargain, right? Well, if you’re going to save AED 6,500 by opting for the Sonata over the Ford Fusion, then I hope you’ll still be happy with your purchase after a collision, as you will have seven less airbags protecting you and yours.

2015 Hyundai Sonata front

Specifications

Specifications2015 Hyundai Sonata
Engine/ Cylinders2.4 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
178 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
229 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.5 secs
Top speed210 km/h
PriceAED 73,500 - 106,000

3 Responses to 2015 Hyundai Sonata | New Car Review

  1. Thoufiq Reply

    September 7, 2016 at 9:20 am

    • Rated 4 stars

    Definitely a good read. But to really think about spending AED 6,500 more so that you can have more airbags in a Ford Fusion is not really a matter of concern, as long as everyone drives properly & does not meet with an accident! This car offers much more safety features than a Ford Fusion & it definitely looks better than that. Performance is just good enough for the size of the car, after all its a Korean brand. But this car is anyday a better buy than a Ford Fusion. I’m saying this because I drive a 2015 Ford Fusion & I really should have done my study before buying it.

  2. Alok Bisen Reply

    April 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Excellent car with all features, its a best deal and value for money in the range of luxury car.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      May 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Hi Alok,

      Great to read you’re enjoying the Sonata.

      Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and all of our readers.

      Regards,

      Zaran

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