2024 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Review

Hyundai keeps it simple with its new Sonata sedan.

The brand offers just one option: the fully loaded N Line, which starts at $55,500 before on-road costs.

Unlike the rival Toyota Camry, which sells fuel-efficient hybrid technology, the Sonata N Line focuses on turbocharged power and sporty looks.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo produces a handy 213kW and 422Nm of power, which is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

It's an impressive setup that packs a punch. Hyundai claims it will hit 100km/h in 6.6 seconds (or 6.3 if you use the launch control feature). This is an impressive figure for what is essentially a family sedan.

The engine is thirsty, drinking 8.1L/100km, but only scores points for needing the cheapest unleaded petrol.

The Hyundai's dual-clutch automatic is excellent, skilfully pulling through the gears to make use of the car's healthy low-end torque reserves. Drivers looking for more control can use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to select their own gear.

There are several driving modes to choose from.

In normal settings, the car is quite damped, although the suspension remains on the firmer side of the book, meaning it can handle road imperfections.

Shift into Sport mode and it becomes more engaging, with the gear holding longer for maximum thrust.

The steering becomes heavier and the suspension stiffens for better cornering stability.

For a touch of theatrics, synthetic noise enters the cabin. While some will like this, others may prefer a more natural exhaust note.

Road noise is intrusive on rough road surfaces, but overall the cabin does a good job of isolating passengers from the outside world.

The N Line's rugged performance is matched by its bold looks.

While the previous model had a crisp, sharp look, the new model is easier on the eye.

An LED light strip runs the length of the front end, while H-shaped LED taillights, a quad exhaust and 19-inch alloy wheels create an imposing presence.

Hyundai dropped everything but the kitchen sink on the Sonata.

Step inside and you're greeted with suede and premium Nappa leather seats that are power-adjustable on the front with a memory function for the driver.

The front seats are also heated and cooled, while the rear window seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel are heated.

The gear shifter has been moved from the center console below the right indicator stalk, freeing up space for storage and a wireless charging pad.

There are two integrated curved 12.3-inch screens: one controls the infotainment system and the other displays the driver's instruments.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in satnav are standard, as is a booming 12-speaker Bose stereo.

There are soft-touch materials covering most surfaces throughout the cabin, complemented by gloss black and metallic elements.

Rear seat passengers have plenty of legroom and the boot is a decent size. It's smaller than a Camry but can swallow the weekly shop and school bags with little fuss and can be opened hands-free.

Safety is comprehensive, with a full range of active driver aids to help avoid accidents. Six airbags cover both rows.

Hyundai covers its vehicles with a five-year/unlimited km warranty and offers a capped-price service program that costs $350 every 12 months or 10,000 km.

the verdict

Three and a half stars

A mature all-rounder for the eager driver looking to ditch the SUV for something more fun.


PRICE: About $60,000 with the car

motor: 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, 213 kW and 422 Nm

Warranty/Service: Five years / unlimited km, $1750 for five years

SAFETY: Six airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rear passenger alert, safe exit alert, speed alert, 360 degree camera

Thirst: 8.1 l/100 km

Spare: Space saver

baggage: 480 liters