MID­DLE OF THE ROAD

TWO CRIT­ICS, ONE CAR

Kalamunda Reporter - - Drive Way - Paul & Ali Glover

IN a world of SUVs, cars like the Hyundai Sonata slip un­der the radar. But the ar­rival of new ver­sions of the Toy­ota Camry and Holden Com­modore has put more fo­cus on the Korean con­tender and other mid-size ri­vals.

THE PICK-UP

ALI: Oh, another blue car. What is with so many blue cars lately?

PAUL: It’s not just blue cars that are fash­ion­able, it’s also cars in the medium class. We’ve had the new Camry al­ready and the im­ported Com­modore is close, so it’s a good time to have another look at the Sonata. ALI: It’s very big. PAUL: The Sonata is a con­ser­va­tive four­door sedan that sells, for rea­sons I still don’t un­der­stand, along­side the i40 as Hyundai has two bites at the medium-size ap­ple.

ALI: I’m not re­ally lov­ing the space-age trim­ming and de­tail. It’s a bit black-on-black with ice-cold blue lighting. Quite mas­cu­line.

THE BAG­GAGE

ALI: It has very com­fort­able seats and us­able ac­ces­sories for the in­fo­tain­ment area.

PAUL: It’s a big cushy car, which I like, and prob­a­bly makes it pop­u­lar.

ALI: But the Blue­tooth is poor to con­nect. I had to do it ev­ery time I started the car and it doesn’t al­low op­er­a­tion while mov­ing.

THE COM­MUTE

PAUL: It’s a re­lax­ing car to drive. The 2.0litre turbo makes 180kW so can be quite brisk.

ALI: The com­mute to work was com­fort­able with no dra­mas but I didn’t gain any great driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from it. It just did the job.

THE SHOP­PING

ALI: It has a good re­verse cam­era but I failed many times park­ing this one. Per­haps it’s the length thing again for me.

PAUL: One down­side is the price of the Pre­mium model. You can get a Sonata on the road for less than $35,000 but this one is fully loaded and closer to $50,000.

SUN­DAY RUN

PAUL: It’s a nice, re­lax­ing tourer but noth­ing spe­cial to drive.

ALI: It likes long drives. I go over 80km/h for more than two min­utes and it set­tles down.

THE FAM­ILY

PAUL: If you want trou­ble-free driv­ing with a five-year war­ranty and plenty of space in the cabin and boot, it’s for you.

THE TICK

ALI: For me, no. For those who rate the Camry and seek change, this could be your car.

PAUL: It’s noth­ing spe­cial, too dear. No tick.

The Hyundai Sonata Pre­mium.

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