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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