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    New York 2019: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

      A big bold update over the conservative current model.

    Hyundai has released pictures of the next generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata about a month ahead of the cars formal debut at the New York International Auto Show.  This eighth generation Sonata is an all-new design that is much bolder than the rather conservative model currently on sale.   The new design theme is called Sensuous Sportiness.

    The new car is larger than the outgoing model by 1 inch in width, 1.4 inches in wheelbase, and 1.8 inches in length. Hyundai has made efforts to improve the premium feel of the cabin.  The dash has a minimalist feel to it while the dash cluster and infotainment system are fully digital. 

    One notable feature is the daytime running lamps.  When illuminated, the lights run on a strip up the outer seams of the hood, but when switched off they appear as pieces of chrome trims. Hyundai calls them Hidden Lighting Lamps.  The Sonata will also feature a digital key that will allow drivers to use their smartphone to unlock and start the car.

    No word yet on powertrains.

    The 2020 Sonata will debut at the New York Auto Show in April and will go on sale later this year.

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    Noice...greenhouse reminds me of the LaCrosse.  Interesting lighting details front and rear.  Nice interior. 

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    9 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Noice...greenhouse reminds me of the LaCrosse.  Interesting lighting details front and rear.  Nice interior. 

    My first reaction was strongly negative....but the more I look at it the more I like it.

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    I am not crazy about exterior design, seems all over the place.  But LED looks cool and the interior looks very nice.  At least they are still going to make a sedan.

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    17 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Dare I say... this looks just as good as the Arteon

    2020 Hyundai Sonata.jpg

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    It really does. This is a pretty dang good looking vehicle. They didn't try and do too much and they didn't pull a typical VW and make it bland.

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    VW started the Fight, then Hyundai won the war.

    Exterior looks good for both, but once you move inside, Hyundai has a superior looking interior IMHO.

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    Two new midsize sedans in a shrinking market, nice to see.  I wonder when the next gen Mondeo will be seen...

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    Wow, Hyundai has been desperately trying to get me into a new vehicle and I kept saying there's nothing I really want and I wanted to lower my payments off the Genesis if I was going to stay in a lease... if this comes out in time, I'd lease a limited trim of this.

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    I prefer the VW front and rear end and steering wheel, but other than that the Hyundai seems just as nice, that dash looks class leading.  Powertrain will will be the weak point.

     

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    VW started the Fight, then Hyundai won the war.

    Exterior looks good for both, but once you move inside, Hyundai has a superior looking interior IMHO.

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    The steering wheel itself is the only thing that sticks out as a negative for the Hyundai. Everything else looks way better. 

    28 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Two new midsize sedans in a shrinking market, nice to see.  I wonder when the next gen Mondeo will be seen...

    Isn't the Arteon larger? I thought the Passat was the mid-size car. 

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    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    The steering wheel itself is the only thing that sticks out as a negative for the Hyundai. Everything else looks way better. 

    Isn't the Arteon larger? I thought the Passat was the mid-size car. 

    Passat and Arteon are pretty close in size. Not enough difference to be significant.  Passat is a big mid-size.

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    3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    The steering wheel itself is the only thing that sticks out as a negative for the Hyundai. Everything else looks way better. 

    Isn't the Arteon larger? I thought the Passat was the mid-size car. 

    Arteon is a bit smaller than the US Passat but a bit larger than the Euro Passat. 

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    19 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Arteon is a bit smaller than the US Passat but a bit larger than the Euro Passat. 

    Talk about a confusing mess. Bigger but smaller so does that mean it is just right? :P 

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    Talk about a confusing mess. Bigger but smaller so does that mean it is just right? :P 

    Euro and US Passats are different sizes. 

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    This is daring design done right. Bravo, Hyundai. Almost makes up for the wretched new Elantra. Almost.

     

    As for comparisons to the Arteon, I don't think there will be a tremendous amount of cross-shopping the 2, but I could be wrong. I think the Arteon looks better. Hyundai could have usurped it in the interior department however. Refinement and performance is typically where Hyundais lose out big, and I would expect it to be no different here. I don't foresee a Sonata model that will approach the top  spec Arteon performance wise. Plus the Arteon will offer AWD.


    Still, nice to see Hyundai doing this. If the popularity of CUV's means more sedans like this- ones willing to take some risks and really separate themselves, it might not be so bad.

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    Arteon also has the "hatchback" thing going for it.

    On VW Canada's site you can build and price the Arteon, as long as it is the Execline AWD model for 48 grand... Or about what a Stinger GT or base A5 Sportback go for.

     

     

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    10 minutes ago, frogger said:

    Arteon also has the "hatchback" thing going for it.

    On VW Canada's site you can build and price the Arteon, as long as it is the Execline AWD model for 48 grand... Or about what a Stinger GT or base A5 Sportback go for.

     

     

    The Arteon will top out right around 44-45K in the US market.

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    This new Sonata looks amazing inside and out.  Total home run here.  The styling is great, and it isn't just some rip off of other peoples styling cues like a lot of past Hyundai/Genesis cars have done.  Yes it looks a bit like an Arteon, but it looks way better in my opinion, VW's mostly look bland, even when they try to be bold.   Interior of the new Sonata looks best in class.  

    The 2011 Sonata was a game changer when it came out, it was a standout in the marketplace, then the current generation really dropped the ball and looked like a bland rental car, this is a total 180 from that, well done to Hyundai here.  This to me looks like the best car under $40k and I bet it starts under $25k.

    Keep in mind the Sonata is probably $10k less than an Arteon, VW is screwed.

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    7 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Dare I say... this looks just as good as the Arteon

    2020 Hyundai Sonata.jpg

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    the very first thing i thought.

    this 2020 sonata looked fresh for about an hour.  And now it already looks faux to me.

     

    Still better than that hot mess camry though

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    13 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    the very first thing i thought.

    this 2020 sonata looked fresh for about an hour.  And now it already looks faux to me.

     

    Still better than that hot mess camry though

    So then VW Arteon is really ancient.

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    I tend to be slower than most here to welcome most design changes but this one looks good.

    - Front fascia is bold yet doesn't look like an "angry appliance"

    - Rear fascia is somewhat Volvo

    - Side view is LaCrosse and Malibu, but without a weird moulding kink in the C-pillar

    - Dashboard nicely melds a lot of items in the info zone without the "laptop left open" look

    - Hooray ... this one has a tan interior and not everything on the dash or the door panels is black, which is the cheapskate way out ... instead, they merged tan and black bits nicely

    Hyundai has really gotten some momentum and even the strong step up in its baseline Accent, from being sort of dowdy, is worthy of a look.

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    I am a fan of the whole DRL's turning into chrome accents deal..... I am not a huge fan of how Hyundai applied it here, but to each his own.  The interior is nicely done. 

    My friend has a '17 and it isn't that bad, really. 

    I am sure they will sell well for Hyundai.

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    On 3/6/2019 at 6:25 PM, regfootball said:

    Still better than that hot mess camry though

    I had a Camry as a rental within the last few years.  For one day.  It idled so erratically (about 29,000 miles) that I thought it would conk out.  I got it changed.  For the remainder of the trip, I was given a Verano.  The lady at the counter told me she would be giving me a Veracruz!  So, that made for a big laugh (when I saw a Verano in the numbered parking spot) and a much nicer car for the rest of my rental.

    I hated the Camry's dash and console.  I didn't warm up to that car.

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    Better than the G80, yes.  Not as handsome as the G90 though. 

    The G70 is a different class and attitude. 

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      The overall shape of the 2019 Santa Fe is more upright than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. This solves one of the biggest issues I had with the Sport, poor visibility. The upright shape and flatter belt line allowed Hyundai designers to increase the amount of glass used. Not only does this improve overall visibility. This also makes the interior feel more airy. Up front, Hyundai uses a hexagonal grille that is flanked by a split headlight layout. Slim LED daytime running lights sit on either side of the grille, while a pod housing the headlights sit underneath.
      Where the Santa Fe really shines is the interior. It’s a modern and clean design with a two-tone dashboard, unique fabric covering the pillars and headliner; and the use of polygons in the seat pattern and speaker grilles. Materials for the most part are soft-touch plastics and leather on my Ultimate tester. There are some hard plastics used here and there, but it will not detract from the premium feel Hyundai is going for. The layout for the controls is excellent with all in easy reach for driver or passenger. Also earning top marks is the eight-inch infotainment system which is simple to use, provides snappy performance, and allows a driver to use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
      For those sitting up front, the Santa Fe Ultimate provides power adjustments, heat, and ventilation. Getting settled in and finding the correct position, I found the seats to be quite comfortable with enough padding to tackle any trip length. Back seat passengers will find plenty of leg and headroom. Those sitting in the back will also appreciate the rear seats can recline along with heat during the cold winter months. Cargo space is about average with 35.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.3 when folded.
      Most Santa Fes will come with the base 2.4L inline-four with 185 horsepower. My Ultimate AWD tester featured the optional turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 235 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic. Whenever a Hyundai vehicle is equipped with a turbo-four, it falls into one of two camps - works perfectly or there is a performance issue. The Santa Fe falls into the latter. There is a noticeable amount of turbo-lag when leaving from a stop. Once up to speed, the engine can sometimes be a bit too responsive with a jumpiness that makes smooth acceleration a difficult task. Whether this is something with the programming of the engine, transmission, or throttle, I cannot say. I hope this gets fixed with the 2020 model.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the turbo-four with AWD are 19 City/24 Highway/21 Combined. I saw an average of 20.7 mpg during my week of testing. It should be noted this is the same as the Honda Passport with its slightly more powerful 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower.
      The Santa Fe’s ride is still smooth and relaxing over many of the bumps and imperfections that dot the roads of Metro Detroit. It is also surprisingly quiet with barely any wind or road noise coming inside. Handling is where the Santa Fe really surprised me as it felt agile when driven around a bend. There was barely any body roll and steering provided excellent response. 
      On the surface, the 2019 Santa Fe is an improvement over the Santa Fe Sport. It features a fetching design, comfortable ride, simple tech, and a lot of equipment for the money. My Ultimate tester came with an as-tested price of $39,905 and that includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go; blind spot monitoring, Infinity premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, and much more. Build up one of the Santa Fe’s competition to similar specs and you’re looking at spending on average around $5,000 more.
      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00

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