A decent mid-size sedan for less than $60,000 has been missing from the Australian market until now with the Hyundai Sonata N Line.
While the name might sound familiar, this is not the Sonata of yesteryear as it is all-new for 2021 and features futuristic technology.
Offered only in a single, sporty and feature-packed N Line specification, 2021 Sonata is a breath of fresh air in the medium sedan class.
The model’s evolution over eight generations has made the all-new Sonata a low and wide four-door featuring the aggressively sculpted curves and crisp lines of a coupe.
Sonata N Line is the first Hyundai model in Australia to feature the all-new Smartstream 2.5-litre Turbo engine, teamed with a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The all-new 213kW Smartstream 2.5-litre Turbo GDi engine, paired with a new wet-friction eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission featuring shift-by-wire pushbutton gear selection as well as paddle shifters makes this mid-size sedan powerful yet fuel efficient.
The exterior is bold, and the rear can take a bit to get used to. While the Sonata N Line rear is similar to that of the i30 Sedan, which looks below average, the Sonata makes it work because it’s wider and more in proportion.
The cascading grille spans the front of 2021 Sonata to create a confident first impression. The grille extends between distinctive LED headlights and chrome trims. The rear has LED taillights and an LED strip which helps the tail to look wider and striking at night.
The interior has been well planned and the dash is a first for this class as it offers a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT-LCD digital instrument cluster and is complemented by a 10.25-inch HD infotainment interface and a Head-Up Display.
While the Sonata N Line is packed with many safety features, we come to expect in a Hyundai, there are also plenty of little extras that help increase the class.
One of those is the personalised profile function that allows the storing of multiple driver preferences, for settings such as seat and side mirror positions, HUD and driving mode settings, navigation history, and active Bluetooth device and radio station settings.
If you like the looks and what you get inside, it just comes down to how it drives. Being the sports line there is plenty to love in how it handles. There are multiple drive modes and settings to tune to your preferred driving style. It handles our rough Aussie roads and everything you can throw at it. And overall, it really is fun to drive.
The cost of $50,990 MLP means you get a lot of car for your coin.