Hyundai Sonata 2018 Review (Update in 2021)

Feb 15, 2021

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  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Accessories
  • Operation
  • Conclusion


The 2018 Hyundai Sonata side view

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The previous Hyundai Sonata wá nothing less than a great hit in the midsize sedan segment. A rare combination of bold style, impressive performance, generous standard features and excellent build quality presented it as a true rival to popular Accord and Camry. Now reworked for 2018, the Sonata is an ideal family sedan that expresses efficient and unique gaze that seduce from busy businessmen to well-off officials. 


Hyundai Sonata 2018 Exterior

Sonata rear side

Muscular design language

The Hyundai Sonata 2018 has been remodeled to freshen the 7th generation package, offering additional values to the previous versions.

A remarkable change is the reshaped nose which has been significantly lengthened compared to its siblings. The change is an effective effort since, as often remarked by analysts, the nose might well be the most prominent exterior feature, just as the nose of a human being.

Sonata's grille

Hyundai Sonata 2018 ’s grille is composed of 7 layers as a representation of the 7th generation 

Also noteworthy is Hyundai Sonata 2018 ’s grill which is composed of 7 layers as a representation of the 7th generation. Recessed and sharp-looking corner vents have been added, creating a fresh look to its front end and well aligning with the overall muscular design language. The rear side has been comprehensively reworked, which integrates new trunked-lid, taillights and rear bumper.


Hyundai Sonata 2018 Interior

Sonata passenger's seats

There's plenty of headroom and legroom  

Hyundai has updated the Sonata's interior with remained easy-to-learn-and-use controls. The visibility is still among the highest rated in its class, rear-seat room is relatively ample but as the popular likes have been improving their offerings, Hyundai Sonata 2018 definitely faces some competitions.

The Hyundai Sonata 2018 is equipped with a decent 7-inch center touchscreen providing a clear, straightforward and logical interface. The redesign work on the center stack is well done with effective improvements without losing the usual user-friendly buttons and knobs.   

As large as the rear doors are, they don't hinder the entry and exit so occupants can easily climb in with slight ducking.

Standard on all trims is s tilt-and-telescoping steering column offering a good range of adjustments. Generous adjustments also available on other seats so drivers won’t have significant issues finding a comfortable position.

There's plenty of headroom and legroom for even the tallest passengers, which is on par with newest competitors.

With relatively tall rear window, Hyundai Sonata 2018  provide good over-the-shoulder view. Other visibility supporting equipment include rearview camera, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist.

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2018 Sonata's 7-inch touchscreen display

2018 Sonata's 7-inch touchscreen display

The SE was stepped up from the last year base trim, seriously challenging the segment with the exception of the Chevy Malibu. Its comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rear spoiler, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, heated mirrors, a 60/40-split rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system (with satellite radio, a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack), automatic headlights, power-folding front mirrors, power windows and door locks, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB/auxiliary jacks, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

As usual, Hyundai is innovative when it comes to tech. Drivers definitely feel handy with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, smartphone-controlled functions, which were first time introduced by Hyundai.



A running Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata 2018 is pleasantly drivable with a linear gas pedal and intuitive brakes

Although the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder doesn't as impressive and remains almost unchanged from previous versions, Hyundai Sonata 2018 keeps its excellent steering, handling and braking. The model is powered by turbocharged engines and a new eight-speed.   

With its 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, Hyundai Sonata 2018 puts average power to shame. However, at high rmp, the engine is far from the quietest.   

The brakes are exact and completely controlled. Steering assist can be switched to by one push and most driving feels satisfactory.

The Hyundai Sonata 2018 is pleasantly drivable with a linear gas pedal and intuitive brakes. Corners are well handled at high speed and inputs are quickly responded to.



Although Crossover SUVs have earned the firm position as a new family vehicle of choice, the Sonata has its opportunity to gain favor for a sedan, given its respectable rating for the redesigned in 2015 and 2018 valuable updates. It is indeed a good car with various strength and few, minor weaknesses, backed by generous standard and accessible features and long warranties.

The new Hyundai Sonata 2018 may well be the best Hyundai considered the potential sales, convincingly presenting it a formidable rival to popular models in the segment, including Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Ford Fusion, and Nissan Altima.

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