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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.

Fuel Economy

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.

Servicing and Warranty

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

Standard Equipment

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

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William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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