2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line (car review)

Now in its eighth generation, the Hyundai Sonata has undergone a facelift for 2024, delivering a wonderful execution of the car maker’s latest design language. The changes are extensive, making it seem like an entirely new car.

That’s not a bad thing, as Hyundai has taken an already sleek car and made it better. From a new front and rear, which now include a ‘horizon’ light bar and a ‘H pattern’ rear lighting setup, to some groovy welcome lights, it’s a distinctive new look.

The large proportions of the Sonata help sell it, while black plastic touches feature as part of the sporty N-Line exterior package. These include spots in the front and rear bumpers along with some neat side skirts.

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You also can’t miss those four exhaust pipes sticking out of the rear bumper, seemingly taking inspiration from other sports-inspired cars like the Subaru WRX, Kia Stinger, or even the BMW M2. The sharp set of 19-inch alloys look like 5-spoke Samurai blades.

Available in just one trim level, there’s an array of choices when it comes to colours, including Ultimate Red (as tested), Abyss Black, Biophilic Ink and Nocturne Grey, Serenity White and Aero Silver Matte.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line
2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

Inside, the Sonata is comfortable and roomy, with sporty and supportive seats up front, complete with N-Line embossing, large side bolsters and a mix of leather and suede. They also feature heating and ventilation.

The heated steering wheel features a silver strip with four dots on it (morse code for the letter H); part of Hyundai’s new styling and something you’d have to explain to your passengers if they ask about it.

Rear occupants get plenty of room as well, with the outer seats heated and ventilated. The sloping roofline needs to be considered and the panoramic sunroof does take up some roof space, but there are some cut outs in the roof lining for taller passengers.

The rear doors also feature window blinds that can be manually raised and lowered, while the rear window features an automatic window blind which folds away when Reverse is selected. Boot space is a handy 480-litres, with a powered tailgate.

Capacity is a bit on the low side against similar competitors, however we were able to lower the rear seats and fit a rather long flat-pack Ikea shelving unit in there during our time with the car.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line
2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

The dual 12.3-inch displays take centre stage. Menus are pretty easy to navigate and the graphics are clear and crisp. There is also an informative head-up display. With shift-by-wire technology, there’s also no gear shifter.

This has been replaced by a switch-style lever on the right-hand side of the steering wheel. This frees up some space in the centre console and can take a little bit to get used to. The centre area is a mix of armrest, cupholders and some storage areas for different items.

HVAC controls are a mix of knobs and a touch screen which will attract your fingerprints. There’s a wireless charger up front, with the recess and cradle big enough for large phones. You will need to plug your phone in for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto though.

The downside is your your phone won’t fit as easily in the charging bay recess. There are USB-C ports throughout, with two up front and two in the rear, the latter below the second-row air-conditioning vents.

Audio comes through a very capable Bose 12-speaker sound system and Hyundai offer “over the air” updates and Smart Sense features. Powering the Sonata is a 2.5-litre turbocharged four cylinder that produces a respectable 213kW and 455Nm.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

That’s sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed DCT. Drive modes include Eco, Normal,  Sport and My Drive, and each also adjusts the digital display when selected. There’s no audible difference or theatre when engaging Sport though.

That said, the steering feel does seem to become a little heavier. You can also use the paddle shifters to heighten the driving experience. On the road, ride height is spot on, and driving the Sonata N-Line is actually quite fun for a large, front-wheel drive sedan.

The car gets about its business in suburbia quite easily, but can also be enjoyable on a spirited drive. Hyundai claims combined fuel consumption of 8.1-litres/100km and we found this was not too far from what we experienced.

The Sonata N-Line comes packed with Hyundai’s usual safety systems like blind-spot monitoring, parking collision avoidance assist, forward collision avoidance assist with junction turning, high beam assist, lane follow and lane keep assist.

There’s also rear cross traffic collision avoidance. The blind-spot monitoring cameras, which show vision in the instrument cluster, provide added reassurance when pulling out into traffic or when merging.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

The parking sensors are also very handy for such a long vehicle in tighter spaces or fast-food drive-thru, displaying the car’s proximity to its surroundings on the multimedia screen in great detail.

Like other modern Hyundai offerings, it does feature speed sign detection which will beep at you every time a speed limit change is detected, and again if you are doing anywhere from 1km/h over that detected speed.

As we have encountered in other cars, the system is far from perfect and prone to reading the wrong signs, or just getting the speed limit wrong. It became something we just lived with, as the system will always reset after the car has been turned off.

Thankfully the Sonata doesn’t (yet) have the eyesight monitor for added beeps and frustrations. All things considered, it’s a great all-round family car that can take care of the mundane, day-to-day school and shopping runs as well as the trip to work.

On a weekend it can also carve up a mountain pass and leave a huge a smile on your face. While pricier than some of Hyundai’s regular competitors at $55,500 plus on-roads, it’s a lot of car for the money.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

Offering plenty of presence, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line is backed by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with capped price servicing available for up to the same period (you can even pre-pay).

To find out more, visit the Hyundai Australia website, or talk to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was supplied by Hyundai Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - practical and fun; spacious and comfortable; filled with tech.
Cons - styling and price may be too much for some; speed recognition; driver alerts.
Daniel Collins
Daniel Collins
Daniel has had a keen interest in cars since getting his first Matchbox toy as a young kid. If he's not car spotting while out on the roads, he'll be plane spotting watching the sky, or diving into one of his many favourite sci-fi universes.

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