Hyundai Sonata Review
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Hyundai Sonata Embera Test Drive & Review
Hyundai Motor India Limited launched the fifth-generation Sonata Embera, setting new standards in technological excellence with a 2.4-litre petrol engine and a 2-litre diesel engine, improved styling, refined interiors and advanced safety features. The new car will take on competitors in the premium luxury D-Segment on Indian roads. Dynamic suspension and an excellent rear-seat ride quality, one of Sonatas key appealing features, continue to dominate the Sonatas redesign.
Hyundai Motor says that the Embera offers much higher fuel efficiency because of its light weight and aluminium engine block. With its contemporary international styling, refined driving dynamics and 170-mm ground clearance, it is time to take a second good look at the Sonata Embera. In India the Sonata Embera comes in three variants -- 2.4MT and 2.4AT in petrol and 2.0L CRDi MT in diesel
The Emberas profile is distinguished, classy and contemporary, with styling taking on soft, sensuous lines that hint at the cars luxury and refinement. Wrap-around clear-lens headlamps enclose jeweled projector lights with silver bezels; the bumper incorporates trapezoidal fog lamps and chrome-embellished strips. The hood, featuring a prominent V-shaped ridge, meets the chrome-lipped signature grille.
Wrap-around tail lamps (resembling those of the Honda Accords) and sporty twin exhaust notes bring up the rear, balancing the front visage and emphasising the cars new international styling. Flared wheel arches feature 16-inch alloy wheels, and tubeless tyres give the Embera a sturdy, well-heeled profile. The new version is also a bit wider and taller than the Honda Accord.
Under the hood, the Embera sports a high-power 2.4 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which forks out a powerful 163 bhp @ 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 23.6 kgm @ 4,250 rpm. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed H-matic automatic, the new aluminium engine features Variable Timing Valve Train (VTVT). Hyundai boasts that the Embera delivers plenty of low-end torque, quick response, excellent pick-up and great performance. The four-speed H-matic transmission, when set on tiptronic mode, allows some manual input for maximum driving pleasure.
Hyundai mentions that the light-weight aluminium engine block improves fuel efficiency levels, which even out at 6-7/9-10 kmpl (city/highway). The all-new 2L CRDi engine pumps out 140 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 33 kgm of torque between 2,000 to 2,680 rpm. The diesel variant gets a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The Embera features independent double wishbone with coil springs in the front and an independent multi-link type with coil springs in the rear. The sedan exhibits excellent driving manners at all speeds, and the suspension does not allow evident body rolls during hard cornering
Ride and Handling:
A hundred kph comes up in 11.57seconds (on the automatic), so it is adequately brisk. The Sonata is also a strong cruiser thanks to its refined ‘Theta’ engine which was developed jointly with DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi. This motor is smooth in the lower half of the powerband and pulls well at these engine speeds too; partially due to the variable valve timing system.
Fuel economy is not too bad either with the car returning 7.4kpl in the city and 10.4kpl on the highway. It also rides much better on its long travel, recalibrated-for-India suspension. Bumps are absorbed better than the Accord, but, the Hyundai gets upset by large, deep bumps
Safety features include an anti-lock braking system, driver and passenger airbags, child safety locks, and seatbelt pre-tensioners. The large plastic area on the dash tends to deflect from the cars otherwise luxurious fit and finish. Air-conditioning is quiet and effective.
It rides well, has very comfortable rear seats and is very refined at low engine speedsWhen it comes to providing comfort for the passengers inside the car the Hyundai Sonata Embera is bound to bring a smile to your faces. When you compare the price at which this luxury car is being offered with its competitors then you realize that it is definitely a good value for money.
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