27 October 2016 · Vehicle Reviews

Hyundai i40 or Sonata – What's Right for You? | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

As a long-time Hyundai Dealer, we've found that our i40 and Sonata models give good value for money, but which one is right for you? Read on for a breakdown of the features of each car.

Hyundai i40 – Style, Size and Value for Money

The Hyundai i40 delivers a lot when it comes to value for money. Depending on the model and specifications you choose, the car will put you back between $33,000 and $46,500 – much lower than comparable cars from other brands. The standard kit of the car features nine airbags, Bluetooth, electric park brake, trip computer, and front-rear air conditioning. Plus the whole thing comes with a 5-year warranty.

European Design

The i40 features stylish European design, lots of flowing lines and tapered glass. The design yields a roomy interior and massive cargo area. The car’s cabin is generally well-designed, but with some anachronisms such as fan controls on the passenger side but not the driver’s.

The Engine

The i40 has a strong little 1.7-litre engine that bolts to a six-speed automatic with sequential shift. However, the car is quite heavy so acceleration is a little slow.

Safety Features

Hyundai’s i40 has a five-star crash rating and it’s well deserved, with nine airbags, corner braking, stability and traction control, ABS, EBD, and a full-size spare wheel.

But How Does It Handle?

While the Hyundai i40 has a sporty European look it is a cruiser through and through. It is a comfortable, soft, and easy drive with excellent fuel economy. There are downsides, though. The car’s power steering has no feel, and parking can be difficult due to the highly fluid aesthetic design.

Hyundai Sonata – a Superior Sedan

The Hyundai Sonata delivers amazing value for money and not only looks fantastic but delivers great performance and features. The Sonata also offers a very comfortable driving experience, with the inside of the car expertly designed to maximise space.

Fluidic Sculpture 2.0

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the best examples of Hyundai moving towards more finely crafted vehicles. Hyundai’s design principles – known as Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 – emphasise smooth lines based on nature. The result is an understated, very good looking car with a genuinely ‘premium’ appeal.

The Engine

The entry-level Sonata Active features a 2.4 litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine, while the Elite and Premium models run on a superior 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both engine types run very well, though of course, the turbocharged cars have more power.

Safety Features

The Hyundai Sonata features every bell and whistle you could ask for in the safety department, including airbags, ABS, EBD, and high-tech collision avoidance technology.

But How Does It Handle?

The Sonata handles beautifully even in tough conditions. Hyundai’s team has worked hard to get the suspension just right for varied and often taxing Australian conditions – this car will flow over the surface, not barrel through it like some imported cars.

Steering is also excellent both around town and at higher speeds. The standard 2.4-litre engine does a fine job, but the turbocharged 2.0 litre really performs, making for great highway and outback drives.

If you’re ready to get behind a brand new Hyundai, visit one of our locations around Sydney. Phil Gilbert Hyundai is the name you can trust for quality new and used cars.