Hyundai Sonata N Line Test & Review

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.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line

Sonata N Line’s new, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) integrates advanced technology, such as an oil-cooled, hydraulically controlled dual-plate clutch, to provide optimal fuel economy and quality driving performance.

The DCT features a rev-matching function for downshifts and will select the suitable shifting pattern depending on the driving mode, providing an enhanced sense of acceleration in the sports modes.

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.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line

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.

In addition to its large list of passive safety and six airbags, 2021 Sonata features a comprehensive standard suite of advanced SmartSense technologies.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) System, Lane Following Assist (LFA), Safe Exit Assist (SEA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA- Car/Pedestrian/ Cyclist), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist-Junction Turning (FCA-JX), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.

The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) system is a great edition to the revering system and will help stop car park collision. The RCCA monitors for traffic approaching on either side of Sonata when reversing out of perpendicular parking spaces.

Should RCCA detect a vehicle approaching, a warning is sounded, and a visual warning is displayed on the dash cluster and multimedia screen, and in the corresponding exterior mirror.

The system uses the BCA system’s radar sensors, and functions at vehicle speeds of 10 km/h and below.

In the event the driver does not act on the warning, the system may activate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system to apply braking force and help avoid a collision with the approaching vehicle.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line

Approaching vehicles will be detected if they are travelling at speeds between 8km/h and 36km/h.

The Sonata N Line also includes a good list of comfort and convenience technology that really makes this Hyundai feel more like a Euro car.

Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM), Surround View Monitor (SVM) w/ Rear View Monitor and Parking Guidance, Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold, Head-Up Display (HUD), 10.25-inch satellite navigation system, Bose Premium Sound System with CenterPoint, Electrically adjusted driver’s and passenger’s seats, Heated and ventilated front seats & heated rear seats, Power sunroof, Wireless smartphone charging, Personalised driver profiles, Climate control air conditioning with Smart temperature comfort control system, and 12.3-inch LCD cluster.

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.

The all-new Sonata N Line has launch control and this function helps to achieve optimal acceleration from a standstill through modulating the control of the engine and transmission.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line

While this may not be something you use all the time, and best not to give it a go when the police are around, it is fun when you can.

As well as the launch control, the Sonata N Line has N Power Shift. This is a transmission function designed to deliver a fun driving experience in Sport and Sport+ driving modes, by controlling the engine speed when upshifting.

During hard acceleration, the function increases the throttle opening during upshifts to push occupants back into their seat, as they would be during quick gear shifts in a manual transmission vehicle. And it actually works and makes it just that little bit more fun on a spirited drive.

Overall, the all-new Hyundai Sonata N Line really is fun to drive.

The cost of $50,990 MLP means you get a lot of car for your coin.

This post was written by Car and Bike News


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