The Hyundai Sonata lives on, even as rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Kia Optima have disappeared.
The redesigned, eighth-generation model will arrive mid-year in a single, fully-loaded N Line trim priced at $50,990 before on-road costs.
Though initially set for a late 2019 launch and set to offer 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines, the new Sonata will instead be offered only with a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
It produces 213kW of power and 422Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission with shift-by-wire, push-button gear selection and paddle shifters.
The dual-clutch auto features rev-matching for downshifts.
The Sonata also features launch control and N Power Shift. The latter increases the throttle opening during upshifts in Sport and Sport+ modes.
Hyundai says the Sonata N Line is one of the first Hyundai models to benefit from a new approach to local tuning, with the Australian arm involved early in the development of the model.
While there have been distinctive Sonatas before, including the quirky 1998 fourth-generation and the rakish sixth-generation model sold here as the i45, the new model is the most eye-catching yet with four-door coupe styling.
There are also distinctive details, including the full-width lighting down back and the LED daytime running lights up front that appear to blend into the chrome strips framing the bonnet.
It’ll be available in just four colours: the standard White Cream mica, and the optional Hampton Grey and Flame Red metallics and Midnight Black mica which cost $595.
An N Line body kit is standard, as are 19-inch alloy wheels and LED lighting all-round.
The N Line comes fully-loaded, with features like heated, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, panoramic sunroof and Hyundai’s new blind-spot view monitor. A full list of features is below.
- 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line: $50,990
Price excludes on-road costs.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 213kW of power and 422Nm of torque.
It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Sonata N Line is front-wheel drive.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata uses 8.1L/100km on the combined cycle.
It requires 91RON regular unleaded fuel and has a 60L fuel tank.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line measures 4900mm long, 1445mm tall and 1860mm wide on a 2840mm wheelbase.
It has 510L of luggage space and has a space-saver spare under the boot floor.
Unbraked towing capacity is 700kg and braked is 1400kg.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Capped-price servicing costs for the Sonata have yet to be released.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
It comes standard with the following safety equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and junction assist
- Driver attention monitoring
- Blind-spot assist
- Blind-spot view monitor
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- Lane-following assist
- Lane-keeping assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Safe exit assist
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Surround-view camera
- Rear view monitor
- Front and front-side airbags
- First and second row curtain airbags
The Sonata comes standard with the following features:
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- DAB+ digital radio
- Head-up display
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Paddle shifters
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated outboard rear seats
- 12-way power driver’s seat
- Four-way power passenger’s seat
- Black Nappa leather and suede upholstery
- Dual-zone climate control
- Panoramic sunroof
- Wireless phone charging
- 12-speaker Bose premium sound system
- LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail lights
- Automatic high beam
- Keyless entry and start
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Electronic parking brake
- Power rear sunshade
- Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
- Tilt and telescopic steering column
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors