2017 Hyundai Sonata Review: Right Direction, But Still Not Convincing


Yes, the world of Korean cars. Probably not the best of cars we’ve ever seen, but they are still somewhat a joke. However, should you buy a Hyundai/Kia today, given that the new crop of Korean cars aren’t as bad as they used to?

 

First moments

It’s a good start. Not the prettiest we’ve seen in this segment. No where near as not as good looking as something like a Mazda 6.

The inside isn’t so bad though. It’s filled with that typical Korean plastic that we’re used to. Not brilliant, but not shocking either. But it’s just a bit…..I don’t know…..boring.

On the road

The most important thing to any person is how the car is to drive on the road. In the Sonata’s case, it’s just average. There isn’t anything significant about the drive, it’s just like any other car you’ll buy tomorrow. Nothing shocking, but nothing fancy.

You do get a lot as standard, all the stuff that you would normally expect.

A silly amount of abbreviations, air-con, Bluetooth and a radio. If you go for the higher Hyundai trim options, you do also get sat nav, AEB and other things I don’t understand.

If you own Android or Apple, they both work there. Bluetooth works with any phone.

You won’t miss it in the parking lot.

Price, you may ask. According to the TrueCar, a fair market price of $22,450 MSRP in Grand Rapids (USA). Quite a lot of car for that price to be honest. If you are willing to pay more, the 2.0 turbo is a worthy option. Though I doubt you’ll get the same performance as it’s rivals, most notably, the Camry XSE. What the Sonata needs is the V6 from the Genesis Coupe. That’d be interesting…

Long term

If you’re going to buy a car, it must be competent and should always treat you very well. However, this is where the Sonata loses points. While the 2.4 fitted to our rental car was a very good engine delivering 35 MPG (EPA 25 City/36 Hwy), complaint stems towards the seats. You can adjust the seat depending on you, but my complaint is the cushion itself.

After spending at least 3 hours on the road from Chicago all the way to Cincinnati, I couldn’t wait to get out at the other side. Sitting on what felt like a huge pile of rock for 3 hours. Not exactly what you would call……….comfortable.

Mind you, the ride itself is good, and the road noise isn’t too bad either.

Conclusion

If you really are one of the many people who are going to buy this car, then you would probably have no interest in cars full stop. Petrol-heads, you’d best look elsewhere towards the Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy.

Personally, I prefer the Legacy.

If it were me… well… it’s good as the dictionary concept of a car. But it’s just that (and like all Korean cars) this car really just is. If Hyundai priced the Sonata at least 2 grand cheaper, I’d have given it a 6 out of 10. But then it’s priced around it’s rivals, so it’ll only get an average 5.

 

It’s given me the option. But I’m still not convinced on buying one myself.

 

Pros-

10 year warranty

The styling

The ride is very good

Cons-

Really firm seat cushions

No V6?

Nothing significant for this class (warranty aside)

Emoji Board:

This is a new introduction to Revving-It-Daily. It’s where we place cars based on the image and the prices. Given that the Sonata is Korean (which is uncool to most petrol-heads) it resides in the neutral emoji.

But because it’s slightly cheaper than it’s rivals, so it goes with the thinker emoji. If you’ve not yet seen Aaron’s review on the Ghost it’s there.

 

Final Rating: 5/10

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