You won't find anything wrong with the Sonata if you are the kind of person who expects only to drive from A to B with the minimum amount of fuss.
Overall the build quality is very good and is only let down by a few exposed screw heads and some cheap feeling plastics. However, the standard leather seat facings were of a high quality.
Not up to the same standard as the class leaders but Hyundai's 5-Year warranty surpasses anything else on the market.
Value For Money
The Hyundai Sonata 2.4 CDX starts at £16, 495 OTR with the automatic version weighing in at £1,000 more. You do get a high level of standard equipment but at around £17,000 you could buy a Honda Accord or Mazda6 which are mainstream vehicles and have excellent residual values something the previous Sonata model was lacking.
Hyundai have done an admirable job in redesigning the Sonata and have engineered an attractive, well made and capable saloon.
The Sonata may not be class leading material but it does offer a good level of standard equipment at an affordable price combined with Hyundai's class-leading five year unlimited mileage warranty.
You won't find anything wrong with the Sonata if you are the kind of person who expects only to drive from A to B with the minimum amount of fuss. Definitely worth a look if you are on a budget.10 September 2005
Hyundai Sonata Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Hyundai Sonata 2.4 CDX|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Deep Pearl Blue (Mica)|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||126 mph|
|Transmission||4-Speed H-matic Automatic Transmission|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||12|
|Warranty||Five year unlimited mileage warranty and three year's RAC assistance as standard|
|Price (when tested on the 10/09/05)||£ 17,495.00|