Friends have repeatedly asked if I regretted buying a new Hyundai Sonata 8. In order not to describe my impressions and comments a hundred times, I decided for all those interested to write this review based on a month and a half of driving and more than two thousand kilometers.
The car is so attractive that it catches the eye in the traffic flow. More than once I caught interested glances, maybe also because she is still the only one of her kind in my city. I bought it new from the salon, and personally for myself did not find any more interesting model in this segment in the car market in the range of up to 2.9 million rubles.
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Of course, like any car, the Sonata has flaws, but I did not see any critical ones among them. The only thing I really miss is the heated windshield. Although it’s a sin to complain – the car is very warm, warms up quickly, and the windows, even at -23 degrees, which we had in winter in Nizhny Tagil, thawed themselves out in a short time. But, of course, in the presence of heating, this whole procedure would be more comfortable and easier for both the car and the owner.
The luggage compartment of the new Sonata is impressive, deep, but did not receive additional drawers such as organizers for small things. On this point, it loses to KIA Ceed and Skoda, which delight with an abundance of convenient compartments. For some reason, there is also at least some kind of handle for closing the trunk, so the electric drive just suggests itself. And also because of the depth of the trunk, feet are always dirty.
If we continue the topic of pleasant little things, then I did not find a podochek, the glove compartment is tiny – in general, there is not a single extra compartment, which pleases, for example, VW Polo. And finally, the light bulb that ladies use for make-up is the simplest one, not LED, although the rest of the lighting in the cabin is diode. By the way, a simple light bulb is also used to illuminate the license plate, which is truly surprising in the 21st century.
The chambers are constantly getting dirty and need to be cleaned, although they are great on their own. True, I have not completely figured out the settings, so the markup for some reason periodically turns off, requiring you to re-enable it. Perhaps it can be configured somehow once and for all, but I can’t manage to do it.
Stubs are a complete disgrace. Maybe the Russian modifications came in some kind of truncated form, but in the maximum configuration these plugs spoil the whole look and impression. The sills are open, so be prepared for your feet soiled as you get out of the car. The chairs have a memory function – a very cool thing, in my opinion.
But the mirrors are too small and inconvenient for viewing. I understand that in this way the engineers wanted to improve aerodynamics, but not all of them pretend to be racers on the road, but I would like more information from the mirrors.
The good news is that the Sonata has a blind spot view that compensates for this problem. The panel receives a picture from the side camera with a really wide view, so all “blind” zones disappear immediately, eliminating the need for mirrors.
That’s the whole review of the discovered shortcomings. Again, they do not look serious, and I already knew about some of them after reviews on the Internet. In general, the machine pleases with its work, so I sincerely recommend making its own test drive and appreciating all the advantages of the new model.