A restyled Hyundai Sonata goes on sale next month with prices the same – or below – those of the outgoing model.
The facelifted 2.0 CDX manual is £14,499, the 2.0 CDX automatic is £15,499, while the 2.7 V6 is £17,499 OTR,undercutting, Hyundai says, key competitors like the Toyota Camry and Vauxhall Omega, while providing more equipment.
As well as a difference in looks the Sonata (pictured) will come for the first time with the 2.7 V6 engine, already available in the Santa Fe SUV and Trajet seven-seater and the H-matic automatic gearbox jointly developed with Porsche.
The 2.0 CDX reaches 62 mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 121mph. The 2.7 V6 does the 0-62 mph dash in 9.7 seconds, has a top speed of 130mph.
On the extended urban run the 2.0 CDX returns 39.8 mpg, while the 2.7 V6, 34 mpg.
The new Sonata will also include Electronic Brake Force Distribution and side airbags on all models for the first time as standard equipment. Although the Sonata sits on the same platform, the body is 37mm longer, 2mm wider and 12mm taller, giving occupants more room to move around. The new Sonata is also quieter, thanks to the use of better soundproofing material in the door frames, panels and trim.
Standard equipment for the CDX will include: anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, CD player, sunroof, alloy wheels, electric mirrors, and dual front and side airbags. The 2.7 V6 adds H-matic gearbox, traction control system, climate control, cruise control, AM/FM stereo radio/cassette with CD autochanger and RDS, electric seats (with memory setting for the driver), and leather faced upholstery.