Thrilled to report that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is an outstanding drive and a very compelling entry into the mid-size sedan marketplace.
Midsize? It is huge in here!
Yes, mid-size in price but a Large Car by EPA cabin volume — where the new Sonata is comfortably close to the scale of large luxury cars.
Over the next few days, we will cover the 2015 Sonata extensively – but segmented out by theme and topic due to the extensive first-hand impressions driving the Eco, 2.4L Limited and the Sport 2.0T trim levels.
There are noticeable differences between the trims in many regards, but they all share a similarly outstanding cabin. It is well-built, well-finished and extremely refined on the road.
Best of all, the seats and driving position are universally excellent in every trim. They are firm and supportive – especially so in the Sport trim, but still very European in the lux-oriented Limited and Eco models.
Tech-wise, the upgraded eight-inch nav is the best of the lot, of course, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready-to-go from day one — the Sonata is the first car ever to have both built right into the OEM unit.
The below photo sets show some of the different moods between the Limited and the Sport — they are both very attractive in person. Despite hating almost all wood panels these days, the striated wood design in the Limited is extremely desirable and looks Audi-like in its premium aspirations.
The Audi-like comparison extends to many other subtle parts of the cabin – things you might not notice on the first drive but certainly will over the life of the car. Things like the tight and well-stitched headreads with a pillow leather surface wrap, the tech-fabric headliner, and the mesh wind deflector of the panoramic glass moonroof.
INTERIOR – 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited
INTERIOR – 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
Official Details from Hyundai Below.
Sonata Evolves with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Language and Class-Above Features
NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 – Hyundai today introduced its all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show. Following the incredible success of the outgoing Sonata, the all-new generation offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis sedan for the mid-size class. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala. and go on sale early this summer.
The 2011 Sonata raised the bar for design in the mid-size sedan segment when it was introduced in 2009. Consumers noticed the groundbreaking design and so did the competition. Sonata’s design matures for the 2015 model year with energetic and crisp lines complimented by smooth and subtle surfaces. Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 is a confident evolution of the original fluidic sculpture design language that perfectly expresses Sonata’s premium look and excellent value.
A larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake defines the face of the 2015 Sonata. Simple, harmonious lines adorn the exterior while hinting at the improved dynamic performance and human-machine connection Sonata provides. Taut, horizontal rocker panels reflect the chassis’ increased stability and surefootedness while the signature Sonata beltline is now stretched tight to accentuate the sedan’s strength. The coupe-like roofline remains, but it is balanced by a larger window graphic that emphasizes the roomier interior. Horizontal lines in the rear underscore Sonata’s width and give the car a planted look. This purposeful shape achieves a remarkable drag coefficient of just 0.27, lower than any non-hybrid in the mid-size sedan class.