The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most popular models of the company in the USA. It used to be a rage with its Jaguaresque looks in India in the lates nineties and early two thousands. However, the car could not maintain its position with the onslaught of the German brands and Skoda Superb.
The 2020 Sonata follows the family look of Hyundai with a huge hexagonal grille flanked by sharply raked headlamps. The most interesting and striking aspect of the design is the chrome strip running from the DRLs in the headlight, below and around the glass house and curving along the roof closing the curve at the bottom of the A-pillar. The Sonata has a flat, low and broad silhouette which gives it the looks of a squatting racer, very sporty indeed. The diamond cut complex 17″ alloy wheels completely fill the wheel arches.
The 2020 Sonata is powered by 2.5 litre Smartstream engine producing 191 HP of power. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic shift by wire transmission. The car has been filled to the brim with driver support features which include electronic parking brakes, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Driver Attention Warning , Automatic high-beam assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and LED head and tail lamps. On the safety front, the car has a Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.
Inside, the car tries to satisfy the whims of most of the drivers and passengers. It has features like, proximity key entry with push button start, hands-free Smart Trunk Release, 4.2-inch color LCD instrument cluster display, leatherette interior door panel inserts, liquid chrome interior accents, auto up/down front passenger window, power driver seat with 8-way adjustment, dual automatic temperature control, heated front seats and center rear armrest. For entertainment, the Hyundai Sonata has been provided with a SiriusXM® satellite radio. On higher models a wireless charging point for phones is also provided.
Some outstanding features which are available on the top end model are: –
- A remote parking assist can maneuver the car into or out of parking spaces. Further, when parked in a tight spot, before a driver attempts to load passengers or luggage, the remote parking function can bring the vehicle out. The driver has to simply use the smart key to drive the car forward or backward, into or out of a parking space.
- The Blind-Spot View Monitor with the Sonata’s works with the outside mirror-mounted cameras. It offers the driver an enhanced field of vision. The Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) system scans for vehicles entering the driver’s blind spot. If the driver activates a turn signal, an image of the view from the corresponding wing mirror is displayed in the 12.3-inch cluster display. If a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the system provides an audible and visual alert.
- The Hyundai Sonata comes with a Colour Headup Display. It has a projected image size of eight inches and super-bright clarity providing improved visibility in different lighting conditions. The HUD can be adjusted in both angle and height to provide optimum visibility. The HUD supports driving safety by displaying information such as speed and navigation commands, as well as alerts from active safety and driving assistance features.
- The new Sonata supports Hyundai Digital Key via a dedicated smartphone app. Hyundai Digital Key utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which exhibits a high level of security. The NFC wireless data communication takes place only when the device and the reader are within several centimeters of each other. The Hyundai Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely.