When the first Hyundai Sonata sedan arrived here in 1989 it was a conservatively-styled
and affordable family-sized alternative to vehicles such as Toyota Camry, Holden
Commodore, Ford Falcon and Mitsubishi Magna. All but the Camry soon to become
casualties of the looming local factory closures.

Now in its eighth generation the Sonata has progressively morphed from those relatively
bland beginnings into a sleek and sporty four-door coupe.

The latest upgrade to the Genn 8 Sonata has now arrived here and it takes the styling to
the next level with looks that are sure to grab attention wherever it goes. Hyundai has
tagged its new design philosophy as ‘Sensuous Sportiness’.

Dominating the upgrade is an eye-catching dynamic frontal appearance incorporating the
Seamless Horizon Lamp lighting design that we’ve seen previously in Staria and Kona and
which is being progressively introduced across the Hyundai range.

At the rear, new H-lights further emphasise the car’s wide stance. The swooping spoiler-
shaped boot-lid and muffler-shaped rear garnish on the standard model reinforce the
impression of a high-performance sports sedan.

There are six exterior colours including a new matte finish.

As well as the exterior styling refresh the interior of the new Sonata gets a spectacular new
panoramic curved display which integrates two 12.3-inch displays together with new safety
and convenience technologies.

The touchscreen now features Bluelink connected car services which enables app-based
features including calendar syncs, remote services, find my car and remote vehicle check.

The adoption of a column-type shift-by-wire controller behind the steering wheel frees up
space in the centre console, while a palm rest that provides more comfort for the driver by
extending the armrest to lean up to the palm of the hand.

As before the MY24 Sonata comes in a single N Line variant priced from $55,500 plus on-
road costs with the same 2.5-litre 213 kW / 422 Nm turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed
dual-clutch automatic transmission .

New safety features include intelligent speed limit assist, reverse parking collision-
avoidance assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

We’ll be testing new Sonata early in the new year and will do a full review with drive
impressions at that stage.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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