Today we are back with the owner’s review of Tabish Hashmi’s Hyundai Sonata. In this review, Tabish tells us about his experiences with his newly purchased Sonata and his likes and dislikes. The Sonata was launched by Hyundai Nishat in 2021 in two variants, the 2.0-litre and the 2.5-litre spec. This particular car has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces approximately 152 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.
To pair with its crossover, the Tabish was in the market for a luxury sedan in a certain price bracket. Consider mainly two sedans: the eleventh generation Civic and Sonata. He said the Civic was very ordinary and didn’t give that special feeling when driving it. The exterior and interior design didn’t impress him much compared to the Sonata’s ultra-sleek looks. Then the decision came between the 2.0-litre Sonata and the 2.5-litre Sonata, which had 7 to 8 lakhs between them but other than the engine, there wasn’t much difference, so he opted for the 2.0-litre variant.
The Sonata comes with a list of features, including power seats with lumbar support, fully digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, leather upholstery, panoramic roof, infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, and much more. This 2.0-liter variant is missing the head-up display and automatic rear sunshade that came on the 2.5-liter variant.
According to the owner, the fuel average is average and lower than what he’s heard. It averages around eight km/l within town, and gets a little better over a long stretch. He hasn’t taken it on the highway yet, but he assumes it will do 12-13 km/l. “Maybe it’s because I’m driving with a heavy foot,” he added.
Although this car has many features, the owner still needs to catch up on some of the features he has in his Tiggo. Some of these features include adaptive cruise control, which is missing, hill-start and hill-descent assist, and driver-assistance features such as a blind-spot monitor, which the owner feels should be added.
Given its wide and low stance, it sounds like the Sonata would be a problem on our local roads, but disputing that opinion, the owner has no problem with ground clearance. It doesn’t hit speed breakers often, but some caution is needed with many passengers.
Availability of spare parts
Parts are readily available at authorized dealers, and with large quantities of Sonatas on the road, there is no risk of not being able to find parts. Although the prices are quite high, a single bulb costs around 2 lakh rupees; Hence insurance seems to be a no-brainer.