2020 Hyundai Sonata: Take An In-Depth Video And Photo Look

Hyundai unveiled the all-new 2020 Sonata earlier this month and prior to the vehicle’s global premiere at April’s New York Auto Show, we have the first videos of the vehicle, including one from Asian Petrolhead on YouTube who had the opportunity to check out the new sedan up-close.

Underpinning the new Sonata is Hyundai’s third-generation vehicle platform. This platform debuts in the Sonata and will be used by a number of other Hyundai models moving forward.

Compared to the outgoing platform, these new underpinnings offer improved safety thanks to better energy absorption while also helping to minimize collision impacts into the passenger cabin. The new platform is also said to play a role in the latest Sonata’s improved driving dynamics.

In terms of the car’s exterior design, it is a radical step on from the previous-generation model. The front-end is dominated by a revised fascia and a pair of LED daytime running lights which stretch up over the hood. When these lights aren’t switched on, they simply look like pieces of chrome trim.

The rear of the new Sonata is also dramatically different than the old model and is dominated by lobster-claw taillights as well as an LED strip connecting the lights. All up, the new model is 30 mm (1.2-inch) lower than the outgoing model, 25 mm (1-inch) wider and enjoys a 35 mm (1.4-inch) longer wheelbase.

Hyundai also spent a considerable amount of time making the Sonata’s interior feel much nicer. There are slim HVAC vents, a fully-digital gauge cluster, and an infotainment screen with capacitive touch buttons.

Two powertrains in Korea

In its home market of Korea, Hyundai is offering the new Sonata with two powertrains at launch. The first one is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 160PS (158hp) with a combined fuel economy of 11.7km/l (8.5 l/100km or 27.5mpg US) and the other a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 146PS (144hp), not including the electric motor.

 

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  • Salih Ahzem

    I wish they didn’t incorporate the Civic taillights at the back… Other than that looks really promising, and with the new platform, I bet it drives great too, nice alternative to the all SUV’s coming out of lately.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I just realized that they switched from an Infinity audio system to Bose. Interesting. I guess they really want to go upmarket with the new Sonata.

    • Pavel B.

      no highs no lows must be bose

      • Marc Gruben

        Hah! Didn’t see your reply dude. Didn’t scroll down far enough!

    • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      The Infinity sounds better than Bose, in my opinion. Bose is found on Infiniti and GM products and nothing special about it in my opinion especially compared to Mercedes-Benz Burmester speakers.

      • PhilMcGraw

        Well it’s also found on Audi, Porsche, and Mazda. And I think it depends on the application.

        • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Every Bose speaker I tested was on high-end vehicles from the newest Cadillac Escalade Platinum to the newest range-topping Infiniti Q70 and the Yukon Denali and Sierra Denali all of which the Sierra had surround sound and it was nothing special in my opinion. I like Infinity’s deeper bass a lot better, but I like gaudy things while some people like the simpler and refined things. Burmester sounds good, though.

      • Marc Gruben

        This is going back many years, but there used to be an expression among the aftermarket stereo installation community: “If it’s got no highs and it’s got no lows, it’s gotta be Bose.”

        • KareKakk

          Still viable today.

    • TV Monitor

      @PhilMcGraw:disqus

      It has nothing to do with going upmarket and everything to do with Harman Kardon now being a Samsung brand.

      For some reason, Hyundai won’t use Samsung product.

      • bd0007

        Genesis and the K900 and Stinger still use Lexicon, which is a Harman subsidiary (we’ll see soon enough if that changes).

        Too bad Hyundai didn’t just go w/ Krell Audio like they are doing for the Korean market.

    • BOSE IS UPMARKET?

  • DetrinKD

    I like it… there’s surely some weird details, but I like it. There’s something thats really solid about the side profile. The proportions are really tight.

  • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    My! My! My! What a genuinely ugly car. It looks horrendous! What a trick-or-treat Halloween, alien looking car! Ew!

  • charlotteharry57

    I’m still (mostly) a fan, but as is typical with every new generation, Hyundai is going way over the top spouting off “class above” this and that. What is major and as-yet unknown, are the US powertrains. I sure hope the 2.4L is ditched (you know, the one that catches fire).
    My other beef are the reports that it will be in showrooms next week. That’s in Korea. US intro is “sometime” this summer.

    • PhilMcGraw

      That’s because the US version hasn’t been unveiled. That will happen next month at NY auto show.

  • illogicalPotato

    2010 called, they want their sidebody undercut back.

    • Six_Tymes

      and, Civic wants their rear lights back. this car is a mess. I surely wont buy one. plus, its most likely over priced

      • TV Monitor

        First waves of reviews are extremely impressed.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        The rear looks nothing like the civic

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      -Lame joke

  • Bo Hanan

    I wouldn’t buy one but then I can’t say that I wouldn’t buy one. And I must give them *snaps* for their creative fashion sense………

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Looks really great in certain angles and not so great in others. I’m pretty sure it’ll look great in person.

  • Brabusbus

    The rear design is so uglyyyy🤮

    • Joe E

      It reminds me of the rear of the second-gen Tiburon

    • KareKakk

      Audi A7 with an edge. At least its designis not that common.

  • Yishay

    Nice

  • Danny Boy

    I actually like it! I see a lot of civic like comments, but I actually see Lincoln. I personally like the futuristic touches. Good job not being vanilla Hyundai!

  • IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO PUT THE SIDE CAMERA VIEWS IN THE INSTRUMENT BINNACLE. AUDI SHOULD TAKE NOTICE.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    the redesign is far better than subaru legacy

    • Alduin

      No it isn’t. The Legacy is alot nicer and has AWD standard. The new Sonata is just another boring FWD midsize sedan like the Camry and Accord.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        FALSE. Who needs an AWD in a sedan. Get an SUV for that.

        • Pavel B.

          No thanks. I’ll stick to my haldex awd over any SUV.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            LOL, no one asked.

  • Craig

    I like it a lot. Nice to see Hyundai not giving up on sedans.

    • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

      Well, they are not american car brands like GM and Ford

  • TOMSON

    Impressive, a lot of unique, fresh and expensive Solutions on that car, good Job.

  • U8INIT
  • Enter Ranting

    So now that Hyundai has digital gauges, I guess they’re not so special or exclusive on an Audi or Mercedes.

  • Rani

    Not sold on back but otherwise good job Hyundai.

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