Review: Hyundai Sonata (2005 – 2011)


Excellent safety features as part of a high standard specification. Roomy cabin. V6 is swift. Good looking. Good value.

Did not hold its value strongly against list price.

Recently Added To This Review

16 June 2006

New engines from mid 2006. 235bhp 3.3 V6 does 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and had top speed of 143mph. New diesel does 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. 2.0 petrol model improved. Prices from £16,995. Read more

15 May 2005

Wider, taller, roomier Camry-like Sonata on sale in UK from spring 2005. 4,800mm x 1,832mm x 1,475mm. 55mm longer than old model. Front legroom up by 10mm, and rear legroom by 30mm. Front and rear tracks... Read more

Hyundai Sonata (2005 – 2011): At A Glance

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As a retired former senior executive in the car industry, the most refreshing aspect of your column is the even-handed way you dispense advice on customer and manufacturer complaint resolution. Since retiring I have deliberately adopted a strategy of buying used “unfashionable” cars that depreciate heavily and then running them into the ground. 5 years ago I bought a 53 plate 15,000 mile white Subaru Legacy 2.0 Saloon at a trade price of £7000, which my wife runs. A year later I bought an 05 plate 18000 mile Citroen C5 1.6hdi for £8,000 to run myself. The Legacy has now done 80,000 miles and the Citroen 72,000. Both cars have been admirably cheap to run, but the Citroen feels fragile is starting to look tatty, and is starting to cost money having required new discs all round, injector seals, and a new cooling fan and ECU. What can I replace it with that is biggish, comfortable, economical, unfashionable and depreciates badly.
Let's see, now: KIA Magentis, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Epica, Dodge Avenger, SEAT Toledo. Avoid SAABs, Vectras, Alfas and FIATs with the 1.9 diesel engine.
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