2020 Hyundai Sonata review: what impresses us & what's missing


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Now the chance to check out the 2020 Hyundai Sonata we've all been waiting for! Outside, inside, specs, and even estimated price in this review from Naijauto.com!

1. Overview of 2020 Hyundai Sonata & price

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is the latest of the popular model from carmaker Hyundai.

Hyundai Sonata is among the best mid-size cars produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1985. The Sonata series all began from the first generation introduced in 1985, which was actually a refurbished Hyundai Stellar with an engine upgrade, and unfortunately it didn't last for long as it was withdrawn from the market in two years due to poor customer reaction and interest. The automaker went on making the Sonata models and it gradually started getting popular in the automobile industry. Naijauto.com is happy to bring you the gist on the story of the Hyudai Sonata.


The 2020 Hyundai Sonata continues a tradition that began in 1985

Since the release of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata which was all sleek, super and innovative, car lovers have been anticipating another or upgraded model and Hyundai does not disappoint with the 2020.

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata which gained so much acceptance varies and goes from a price of $19,550 (7 million) to as high as $30,000 (10.8 million). After the first release photos of the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata, many enthusiasts have wondered what riding the car will feel like and what this machine will be equipped with. Naijauto answers these questions and more.


The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is an upgrade of the 2019 model

Hyundai car prices have been fairly affordable over the years. Though the latest Hyundai Sonata price is yet to be announced. Our calculated price for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is something in the region of $23,420 (~8.5 million) to $33,020 (~12 million), and this will of course include destination fees. At that price range, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata will be competing with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and the Chevy Malibu. No mean class of automobiles, if you see my point.

This car is the 8th generation automobile creation of the Sonata models, and on March 5th the company decided to give a sneak peek of what the car will look at the 2019 New York Auto Show next month (April). As its unveiling draws closer, the Korean automaker also announced that a few new turbocharged versions will be joining the 2020 Sonata lineup that will be shown at 2019 Seoul Motor Show. During the display, the car creator made it known that the Sonata will finally share some products with other third-generation Hyundai products such as having the Tesla-style smartphone-as-key system and also getting a new Bose stereo upgrade.

2. 2020 Hyundai Sonata design - a neatly dressed model

From the pictures shared by Hyundai, looking at the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata, all you could think of is ‘stunning’. The exterior lines are not just chocked up to make up a look. Hyundai took their time to place every piece of the car exactly where it should be.

The taillights are neatly placed so that it makes a fine line that connects to the headlight, making it stretch the proportions of the vehicle. If you are familiar with the Honda Civic, then you will agree that the placement of the taillights may look a little similar. Compared to the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, the 2020 version is also 1.2 inches lower, 1 inch wider, and 1.75 inches longer than then its predecessor, and it also rides on a 1.4-inch-longer wheelbase.


The latest Sonata has fine engineering lines

3. The Chrome trim of 2020 Hyundai Sonata

The 2011 Sonata was world class and the exceptional 2015 redesign was no slouch either, thus, Hyundai has been introducing a chrome window trim connected to the headlights for some time, and each time they do this, it is never old.

The chrome forms a fringe and the hood extends into the headlights that backlight. When you turn off the light, it looks more like a trim. Though, the chrome coat has been fabricated in a manner that the laser is an expanding grid of 0.05-mm squares, letting light through and easing the intensity when the trim get closer to the headlights.


The elegant chrome trim is never out of style

4. 2020 Hyundai Sonata: a minimalist from the inside

The interior structure of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata favors a minimalist approach in layout and structure. While there is no cluster of technology buttons and several functioning keys and buttons all over the dashboard, the modern Sonata is still equipped with the latest technology and infotainment systems. Its dashboard is uniquely shaped like a wing but it is lower and thinner resulting in an interior that is more airy, roomy and definitely better ventilated. The seats are of thick brown leather that add a refined look to the whole interior design.


You can't go wrong with the leather finishing of the interior

A bit more on Sonata Infotainment Systems

Not much information is available on the 2020 Sonata entertainment and information console, given that the car is yet to be officially launched. Be that as it may, the word on the infotainment system includes features such as a digital key, which allows the 2020 Hyundai Sonata to be unlocked and driven, using only a smartphone just like the BMW X7. Interesting, isn’t it?

According to Hyundai, there will be an accompanying app that allows you remote access to unlock your car through your phone. This remote system feature could also be integrated into the digital key. So, if someone needs to drive your car, like your mechanic for instance, you can temporarily turn their phone into a digital key, without having to give out your car key. You can also control what kind of functions that temporary key will perform, including what can also be unlocked. Therefore, basically, you would be limiting the kind of access you give people on your car. Now that certainly is mega cool!

There is also available wireless charging pad equipped with an air cushion that helps circulate air over your phone to keep it from overheating. It also powers up charging to up to twice the previous power or speed.


The infortainment system is still a mystery, but there is talk of a really cool App

5. 2020 Hyundai Sonata safety system

The safety system has an advanced driver assistance system that includes three radar sensors, about five cameras, and 13 ultrasonic sensors. These also includes the standard adaptive cruise, forward-collision braking assist, a rear collision braking assist and a blind spot view feature that when activated shows a video feed covering areas outside the rearview mirror field of view. The safety system also has a lane change assist.


Most standard safety features come with the sedan such as ultrasonic sensors

6. 2020 Hyundai Sonata engine & performance

A power engine is an important point that many car buyers look out for when purchasing a car. Hyundai doesn't disappoint with the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.  With the new Sonata we are looking forward to the novelty of a 178-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter-2.0-liters that replaces the previous 2019 Hyundai Sonata car engine, and a new 191-hp 2.5-liter that takes the place of the prior 185-hp 2.4-liter.

Though this engine capacity differs from the Sonata in China and Sonata in other regions, one thing is for sure, we will be seeing higher performance in the engine capacity as the director of Hyundai product, Jae Young Kim division told Roadshow.

“We hope to launch additional powertrains in the future,"


It's either a 2.0L or 2.5L engine option for the latest Sonata depending on territory and model


The verdict is in, and this 2020 Sonata does not let the tribe down in any way!


Continueing the reputation of Hyundai cars as compact, simple, practical and cheap, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata boasts of all those features along with other upgrades from 2019 model. The design enjoys fresh modifications while the infotainment showcases interesting apps as well. The only feature that may fall short of car fans' expectations is its performance. With modest engine configurations, this Sonata might not be in to-buy list of "speedy" drivers.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).


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