with Paul Gover
OFF KEY ON SONATA
I’VE become less impressed with your opinions and noticed a somewhat skewed approach in extolling the virtues of what appear to be two or three favoured brands.
A case in point is my 2006 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L mid-range auto sedan (below) which I bought new. You recently gave this now-superseded model what I believe to be a rather poor review.
My experience after nearly four years of driving this car is quite the opposite of your critique. I’ve found the vehicle to be comfortable, easy to drive, spacious in seating room and boot space, safe, vision is good, it is economical to run and service and yet has sufficient power for both local and country driving.
My only two real issues are a poor turning circle and rather harsh, cheap plastic dashboard fittings. Otherwise everything works, and this car has never caused me one iota of trouble in the four years we’ve safely driven it.
I say this having driven for almost five decades, and having owned more than 20 cars of various makes and price points in that time. This list begins with FX, EJ and EH Holdens, and includes such makes as Volkswagen ( early Beetles), Peugeots, Volvo, Mazdas, Ford Fairlane, Commodores and two recentmodel Audis plus others.
Noel McMahon, Sandhurst In my opinion, the Sonata is way back in the pack, easily trumped by something like a Toyota Camry. Its many weaknesses are why Hyundai has gone so hard on the allnew i45 and even killed the Sonata name in its latest line-up.