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2018 Hyundai Sonata now on sale in Australia, 8spd auto for flagship

October 27, 2017

Hyundai has announced the 2018 Sonata range in Australia, bringing in a facelifted design inside and out, more advanced tech and some changes to the powertrains.

Two variants are on offer; the Active and the Premium. The Active is powered by a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder providing 138kW and 241Nm, with a fuel consumption average of 8.3L/100km.

Stepping up the Premium gets you a 2.0-litre turbo producing a very meaty 180kW and 353Nm. Despite the attractive power, fuel economy isn’t actually that far behind the 2.4L, at 8.5L/100km through the average cycle test.

It’s this Premium model that also debuts an eight-speed automatic, compared with the six-speeder in the 2.4. Acceleration figures haven’t been mentioned but we think the 2.0T should do pretty good across the 0-100km/h sprint.

Handling should also be quite good thanks to local engineering input, resulting in an Australian-specific suspension tune. It retains the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear layout as the previous model. Drivers also get a sporty new three-spoke steering wheel to play with.

As for the interior, the dash now comes equipped with an 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system packed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and hands-free boot opening.

Coughing up for the Premium adds LED headlights, wireless phone charging, and drive attention alert. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart cruise control are also provided for the Premium.

Sonata sales might see a slight increase in the coming months the Holden Commodore goes out of production, leaving room for other sedans to swoop in. So far this year (through September), Hyundai has sold 766 Sonatas, against over 18,000 Toyota Camrys in the same medium sedan segment. The new model is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-roads):

2018 Hyundai Sonata Active 2.4L – $30,990
2018 Hyundai Sonata Premium 2.0T – $45,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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