We recorded the Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium's 0-100 km/h at 9.6 seconds, which is nearly a second quicker than the Toyota Camry. The reverse took 37.7 metres to complete.
Not only are the gear shifts from the six-speed auto ‘box seamless, power delivery is also buttery smooth. Steering is light and effortless to manoeuvre, making the Sonata an easy car to drive on a daily basis.
Paint thickness consistency is commendable with a standard deviation of 9. Panel gap consistency is also above average.
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium - Exterior Material Use
While the interior is stylish, perceived quality is ironically let down by the faux stitching on the dashboard. Though build and selection of materials are decent for its class.
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium - Cabin Material Use
The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and its user interface is easy to navigate. Wireless charging is available.
While all passive safety features such as stability control and 6 airbags are accounted for, the Hyundai Sonata lacks the all-important ADAS in Malaysia. However, it does feature the Blindspot View Monitoring (BVM) camera.
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium: Space and Practicality – 32/50, airy cabin
Space in the Hyundai Sonata is par for the D-segment course, with a little over 3 tennis ball of kneeroom and 1 tennis ball of headroom for a 170 cm tall individual.
Practicality of the Hyundai Sonata is decent, with relatively large centre storage space and glove compartment, though door bins are small. The Sonata is equipped with the Smart Trunk feature, which releases the boot when it detects the key fob within the area for about 3 seconds.
Two fuel consumption tests were conducted for the Sonata, both in different driving conditions and traffic. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium returned an average fuel consumption figure of 9.1-litre/100 km.
Based on the average figure, Hyundai Sonata is more frugal than the Toyota Camry (10.5-litre/100 km), but is behind the Accord (8.8-litre/100 km) and Passat (6.5-litre/100 km).
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
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13 / 20 pts
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium: Purchase and Cost – 17/30, above average maintenance cost
The fully-imported 2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium is priced at an introductory RM 189,888 (OTR without insurance, with SST incentive), and will retail at RM 206,888 with full SST in place. This makes the Sonata pricier than most of its rivals.
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2.5 Premium service costs
Warranty given is 5 years/300,000 km, whichever comes first. Based on the information extracted from Hyundai Malaysia's website, service costs are higher than the segment's average which is around RM 5,000.