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Premium grade Sonata

Bigger and at its finest,  the Hyundai Sonata 2.4 GLS Premium 6AT, can provide the generous cabin space that could fit five adult size Filipinos comfortably with height adjustable headrests to prevent whiplash in case of a collision or simply to rest your head on a journey. The black leather interior together with the panoramic roof created a luxurious look while the 4-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel was good to feel and added to the fine grip with the just right, diameter size. The front passenger side and driver side airbag mounted on the steering wheel plus side airbags and curtain airbags are all standard with stow compartments with designated locations inside the cabin, for a clutter free cabin. The instrument cluster not only informed the driver of the vehicles condition but also kept the driver awake on day and night journeys with the dimmer controlled bright lights illuminated from the cluster. The dual full auto air-conditioning with rear cooling duct plus an auto defogger and the integrated type in-dash 4.3” LCD touchscreen, MP3, AUX+USB and tuner wired to six speakers strategically located inside the cabin could keep the occupants cool and stress free. This writer had on board a dashcam and a portable navigation system from AVT, for a documented and safer journey during the duration of the test drive.
To start the Hyundai Sonata was simple, since this variant had the push start system, just step on the brake pedal, then push the start button located near the right side of the steering wheel. If the brake pedal was not depressed and the start button was pressed the accessory slot will be activated and the radio could be operated. A very practical and a definite safety feature, was the rear parking camera that came standard with front and rear parking sensors, to aid and prevent front or rear end collision when parking.
The Hyundai Sonata was pulled by a Theta II 2.4L Dual CVVT MPI DOHC 4-inline 16-valve petrol engine that could produce 175Hp/6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 228Nm/4000rpm mated on to a smooth shifting 6-speed H-Matic automatic transmission with normal, sport, active eco and manual mode. Whether driving in or out of town the power produced by the engine was sufficient for daily use and hardly any delay in engine response. Stopping capability was achieved with front ventilated disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes with ABS, EBD and BA. While the LED brake lights are quick to glow to further warn the vehicles behind. When executing a turn at extra legal speeds the grip of the OEM 235/45 R18 tires mounted on 18 inch alloy wheels, kept the vehicle on track and with very minimal body roll and the ESC on standby, created a very secure feel. This writer was positively astonished with the improvements made, more so on the suspension and engine response.

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