VALUE for money has always been the Hyundai way, and that hasn't changed at all in the latest take on its award-winning Sonata medium-sized sedan range which has just undergone a substantial upgrade.
Sonata has always been a great prospect, but these latest enhancements with everything from the ride and handling to the equipment levels available across the three-model range make it even more desirable.
All three variants now come fitted with sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and premium tyres to maximise both ride comfort and handling, making the 138 kilowatt, 2.4-litre, fuel-injected engine even more fun.
Sonata's standard equipment list now includes six airbags, comprehensive chassis safety electronics, automatic headlights, daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and rear park assist, touchscreen audio, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, power windows, height-adjustable front seats, a trip computer, air-conditioning and a split/fold rear seat.
Hyundai's medium-sized Sonata has been given cosmetic and equipment upgrades to broaden its appeal.
Additionally, mid-level Sonata Elite gains rain-sensing windscreen wipers, heated front seats, a front parking assist system and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function. It also has the expansive twin-panel, panoramic glass sunroof, which was previously available only as standard equipment on the Premium model, as an optional extra.
That electronics safety pack brings Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and advanced Smart Cruise Control to Sonata Premium's standard equipment list.
Sonata Active and Elite now get 215/55R17 Continental Conti Premium Contact 5 tyres as standard equipment for their 17-inch alloy wheels while Sonata Premium gets 235/45R18 Michelin Pilot 3 tyres for its 18-inch alloys.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia's Product Engineering general manager, Hee Loong Wong, said he was very happy with the Australian-focused suspension tune of the all-new Sonata, including the tyres, when it was released last year.
"Earlier this year though Hyundai head office in South Korea gave us the option of testing the Continentals and Michelins on the car and we jumped at the opportunity,"
"We engaged former Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Chris Atkinson to evaluate them at the limit of adhesion under controlled conditions and his feedback, along with that of HMCA's chief test driver, Andrew Tuitahi, was very pleasing. We have seen gains in outright grip level, ride comfort and quietness." Mr Wong said.
Model-year 2017 Sonata also offers a new palette of striking exterior colours, including the distinctive metallic/mica Shade Bronze.
Beige leather interior trim is optionally available on Sonata Elite and Premium variants with White Cream, Midnight Black or Shade Bronze exterior paint colours.
Sonata is Hyundai's longest-serving nameplate in Australia, and this seventh-generation model has received critical acclaim for its award-winning looks, class-leading performance, extensive equipment and features lists, interior room and spacious 510-litre boot.
It has also won major international awards for its ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' styling including a coveted Red Dot Design Award for Outstanding Design and a Good Design Award, the world's premier award for innovation and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic product design.
Hyundai's five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and award-winning iCare Customer Care Program add to Sonata's strong value-for-money equation and owner-focused after-sales service credentials.
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