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New Hyundai Sonata to test drive

The eighth generation of the sedan is a new platform, the LEDs on the bonnet and the old motor. And the Kaliningrad Assembly helped to keep prices within reasonable limits.Michael gsovski “Behind the wheel”

We don’t want models of Hyundai were clones differed from each other only in dimensions, as happens with some German companies. Let our machines resemble the figures on the chess Board: the rook with the Queen not to confuse! That is the quintessence of modern design strategy Hyundai announced at the presentation of the new Sonata.

Surprise spoiled consumer is difficult, but the Koreans were able. Proven drivers of Krasnodar territory, which accompanied an interested eye the first car from the “chess” concept creeps into the wings and bonnet daytime running lights and a huge led “horseshoe” back.

So effectively in the dark looks feed not, going to turn out.So effectively in the dark looks feed not, going to turn out.

In Korea sold even more extravagant Grandeur — with glowing segments dotted with diamonds grille. But us massive sedan will not make it, so as not to spoil the karma of the brand Genesis. Will not be in Russia and Sonata with a 1.6‑liter 180‑horsepower turbo engine and 8-speed automatic. At least at first.

For us, matched the engines easier.

The nature of the 2.5 MPi motor is smooth, without crown sparkle. But it is less demanding of fuel quality than the previous 2.4-liter unit.The nature of the 2.5 MPi motor is smooth, without crown sparkle. But it is less demanding of fuel quality than the previous 2.4-liter unit.

Nu 2.0 MPi (150 HP), well known for his Sonata last generation. And the first sale will be a Sonata with the new motor Smartstream 2.5 MPi (180 HP), which replaced the 2.4 engine (188 HP). I wonder what the old motor was c direct injection, and new — conventional, distributed. The injector is placed closer to the valves for better mixture preparation, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, oil pump with variable displacement, cooling system dual. Box one — the good old 6-speed automatic A6MF2.

The day before I traveled to the preceding Sonata — a huge difference! New is perceived as more expensive, though in principle the same. That’s what the detailing and style! The devil is in the elegant narrow ducts and chrome-plated edges, inscribed in the front cover of the monitor and backlight. What a very good thin button climate control in the spirit of the Japanese cassette of the eighties! But the “analog” there is almost no.

In the first three Sonata trim levels is a classic instrument, the more expensive versions are equipped with digital panel diagonal of 12.3 inches. The graphics and response is excellent. But the main “trick” in another way: when the turn signals well the tach or speedometer displays the image of a blind spot — as a large sedan Kia K900.

Virtual instrumentation “explode” in red when switching to sport mode. When the turn signals get a picture of a blind zone in the well of the speedometer or tachometer.Virtual instrumentation “explode” in red when switching to sport mode. When the turn signals get a picture of a blind zone in the well of the speedometer or tachometer.

At the center of the panel-rich versions — 10.25‑inch HD display, which can be divided into three independent zones and to simultaneously display menu, music, navigation and camera image. Have a wireless charger for smartphone (Qi), support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Let the motor touch-button clicked key Electromechanical Parking brake and push the button on the control unit modes of transmission Shift-by-Wire. Circle number!

The machine drive — no mechanical connection, only the buttons and the control unit modes of transmission Shift-by-Wire.The machine drive — no mechanical connection, only the buttons and the control unit modes of transmission Shift-by-Wire.

Maybe it’s dynamic in appearance, but the nature of the Sonatas I was expecting more. Doesn’t help the “sport” mode, the transition to which the devices explode scarlet graphic spray, automatic holds the gear longer, the steering wheel becomes heavier, mitigated usually noticeable “thoughtfulness” of the gas pedal – Sonata turns into sportsedan and in turn comes with a clear lazy. May not need this “sport”? Especially since most buyers will choose the 2.5-liter base engine and 2.0 — are more important than the comfort, not the smoke from the wheels.

Sonata model year 2020 — the first Hyundai on the new platform. The body is stiffer and lighter then previous to 24 kg by hot stamping is now “squeezed” item 21 (previously 16). Wheelbase grew by 35 mm, length 45 mm. Sonata model year 2020 — the first Hyundai on the new platform. The body is stiffer and lighter then previous to 24 kg by hot stamping is now “squeezed” item 21 (previously 16). Wheelbase grew by 35 mm, length 45 mm.

Sonata is built on the latest platform i‑GMP (innovative global modular architecture platform), which allowed us to move the motor closer to the wheelbase. The car was lower, wider and longer. Architectural pendants are the same: McPherson and memorycache. Front reinforced subframe, through which feedback on the steering became more precise. Rear — new trailing arms, and the revised geometry of the suspension. The output — excellent directional stability at high speeds.

Smoothness? Even on soft winter tires Sonata passes the white road and shakes on the bumps bigger. Predecessor was at least as good in working out the bumps, but definitely noisier.

The wheel of interesting shapes is not new, similar bet on the Kia K900.The wheel of interesting shapes is not new, similar bet on the Kia K900.

Profile-style four-door coupe with drop-down roof, contrary to fears, does not affect the rear passengers.Profile-style four-door coupe with drop-down roof, contrary to fears, does not affect the rear passengers.

Press the button on the end cushion, and the seat slides to the front panel, and you feel like an important person in the second row.Press the button on the end cushion, and the seat slides to the front panel, and you feel like an important person in the second row.

Flat bottom and charismatic aerodynamic “fins” on the rear lights helped to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.27. At high speeds the incoming air flow almost does not generate acoustic effects. The mats on the floor effectively dampen noise from the road. The only sound is the dominant motor, the tenor of which bursts into the cabin under acceleration in the floor.

The front passenger will definitely be asked to slow down for rest in the chair — complicated, with a secret. Pushing the button on the side of the pillow, and pulls it forward, the edge of the cushion lifts up and back reclines. Really relaxing to walk a long way! There is enough space even for three adults, and two are just fine. From pleasant things — lifting the blinds on the side Windows and the rear with electric.

Sound system — a delight! Perhaps the best “music” in this price segment to find. Expensive versions of the Hyundai for the first time puts a premium Bose sound with a dozen speakers, technology Bose Bose Centerpoint and SurroundStage. If in Russian, no matter where you’re sitting, be “in the center of the room”.

For the first time in the Sonata — projection on the windscreen.For the first time in the Sonata — projection on the windscreen.

To obtain a fine now is not easy. In the list of new equipment — 8-inch projection on the windshield. Accidentally crossing the markings became more difficult: Sonata equipped (for a fee of 100 000 rubles) complex Smart Sense with three radars, a dozen ultrasonic sensors and five cameras. In Smart Sense, which includes hold function in the heart of the strip and a lot of other systems — auto brake, collision prevention, blind spot and side exit, safe exit, active cruise control. That’s just polusmerti markup Sonata refuses to pull up, and “auto brake” a couple of times didn’t react to the obvious disturbance.

Kaliningrad Assembly helped to keep the prices reasonable (although the previous Sonata in its basic version is cheaper by a hundred and fifty thousand).

In the first months can be ordered machine only with the top engine, put from 1 759 000, then the two-liter version for 1 499 000 rubles. It does not Mat competitors, but Shah — exactly.

Nominated Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020

We allow to participate in the Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020 only brand new car — introduced in 2019 for the first time or successor generation. Restyling or updates to the engine range doesn’t count.

Hyundai Sonata eighth generation is one of the novelties. But best or not in your class, you decide. We value your opinion!

Voting has already begun. Among those who voted readers we are giving away three cars Lada Vesta.

Official page of Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2020 is available at this link.

  • The General partner of the Grand Prix “za rulem” company Cordiant.
  • The winners of the Grand Prix “at the wheel” 2019 can be found here.
  • About who got played in this year’s cars, click here.
  • Top 10 autonominen winter 2019-2020 we’ve gathered here.

Kaliningrad Assembly allowed us to keep prices reasonable. The new Sonata is more expensive than its predecessor at one hundred and fifty thousand rubles.Kaliningrad Assembly allowed us to keep prices reasonable. The new Sonata is more expensive than its predecessor at one hundred and fifty thousand rubles.

Design, interior, less demanding of fuel quality motors Smoothness nedotyagivaet to the level of the car business class

Hyundai Sonata

2.0

2.5

Length / width / height / base

4900 / 1860 / 1465 / 2840 mm

Trunk volume

510 l

Engine

diesel, R4, 16 valve, 1999 cm3; 110 kW/150 HP at 4200-6200 rpm and 192 N·m at 4000 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valves, 2497 cm3; 132 kW/180 HP at 6000 rpm; 232 N·m at 4000 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

10.6

9,2 with

Maximum speed

200 km/h

210 km/h

Transmission

front-wheel drive; the A6

New Hyundai Sonata to test drive

The eighth generation of the sedan is a new platform, the LEDs on the bonnet and the old motor. And the Kaliningrad Assembly helped to keep prices within reasonable limits.

New Hyundai Sonata to test drive

Photo: Hyundai

  • The first thing that you notice after buying the car is the floor mats. Our shop offers the only tested manufacturers with the current floor mats and trunk. We recommend to buy and the drain of the windshield with the stops of the hood — they are simplify daily operation of your vehicle.

New Hyundai Sonata to test drive

The eighth generation of the sedan is a new platform, the LEDs on the bonnet and the old motor. And the Kaliningrad Assembly helped to keep prices within reasonable limits.

New Hyundai Sonata to test drive

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