The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a good but not excellent entry in the competitive category of mid-size cars. It has solid safety and expected reliability levels, but its fuel economy estimates are lower than those of hybrid competitors. After a substantial update for this model year, the interior of the Sonata Hybrid is more exclusive than previous models and offers many intuitive features of information and entertainment. However, the cargo space and the ceiling height are poor for the class. The hybrid Sonata could use more engine power for high speed pass maneuvers, and its regenerative grip brakes detract from the driving experience.
As you might expect with any major generation change, the Seventh Generation Hybrid Sonata brings a new exterior styling that sets it apart from the outgoing model. The most recent aesthetic is more rounded and elegant than before, gaining almost an Audi esque atmosphere in general. This is by no means a scam of the German brand; it seems rather that the new Sonata has its own vision of an aesthetic that we have seen elsewhere, namely high end sedans of German origin. A new Fascia in the front contributes to the cause. The hood, grille, wings and headlights have been redesigned for 2018. The hood gains many muscle lines that repel the eyes, adding a kind of aerodynamic look. in the front. The remodeled grille is what reminds us more of an Audi, although it is much smaller in the vehicle of South Korea. The trapezoidal shape is however undeniable. The front fenders also receive an update, although the line of characters that started in the lighthouse lodgings is retained, extending to the sides of the car to form part of the window frame. Speaking of headlights, the carcasses are now thinner, abandoning the old carcasses, almost like the Mercedes of the outgoing model and adopting a secluded appearance that reminds us a bit of one of the competitors of the Sonata, the Ford Fusion. The headlights are also intelligent and offer additional Dynamic Bend Light (DBL) technology when opting for optional LED lighting elements. DBL will turn the headlights actively through a curve, illuminating the road. LED taillights and LED daytime running lights come standard. On the sides, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid acquires attractive proportions, with a longer hood line, a short rear end and a slightly curved roofline that emphasizes the nearly cut profile of the four doors. Again, we find many high end finishing pins, which include a shiny polished ornament around the windows and a line of complementary characters closer to the ground. The door handles also give them a brushed metal look. What’s new for 2018 are the wheel models, which have an “eco-ray” design that seeks to reduce turbulence through wider alloy plates. The size of the wheels varies between 16 and 17 inches in diameter. Go to the rear of the vehicle and you will find a new rear fairing and a new rear cover. The tail is rounded in appearance, while the back edge of the trunk is raised in a movement that gives it a slightly sportier appearance. A shiny black insert near the sidewalk visually tightens the rear, while the rear lights wrap around the rear fenders and look stylish with their transparent inserts that compensate for the LED lighting elements. Although the new appearance is definitely an improvement over the old one, it is also surprisingly functional. That said, Hyundai has managed to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.24, which is better than the 0.25 Cd that the Toyota Prius gets, which should work well to maximize the overall efficiency of the car without any doubt the kind of thing you are looking for in a hybrid car.
To match the new outdoor upgrades, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is also receiving a series of updated specifications and interior design. These include a new design of the center column of the instrument panel, and although the previous model’s three level approach is maintained (HVAC inputs down, infotainment buttons in the middle and infotainment screen between two mouths ventilation), surround sound and adjustment bits have been updated significantly. The same goes for the steering wheel, which now has a more traditional three spoke design for the 2018 model year. The steering wheel is also offered with a heating function, if you wish. Exceeding design updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers a comprehensive selection of news and entertainment features, both new and up to date. For example, the audio and navigation system now includes a bird’s eye perspective and buyers can get theirs with an optional 8.0 inch color touchscreen. In addition to the navigation system, Sonata offers modern smartphone support, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as auxiliary inputs for your iPod and USB connected devices. There is also SiriusXM Satellite Radio for additional entertainment and Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and directory transfer for greater convenience. If you decide to have the 8.0 inch navigation screen, it will have a split screen feature that will keep the map and music on the screen at the same time, ideal for multiple tasks at once, if you are a passenger. This will also allow you to record and rewind up to 22 minutes of a specific program, in case you want to relive an important sporting moment or capture important information. Or if you just want to listen to this song again. Other information and entertainment features include SiriusXM Travel Link, which provides traffic information, sports information, weather forecasts and gas prices, among other things. Sonata is also available as an option with a nine speaker Infinity stereo system, which includes an external amplifier and a subwoofer to play songs. Speaking of traffic, Sonata also benefits from the HD HERE Traffic feature with real time updates as part of a non payment subscription service. There is also a free three year subscription to Blue Link, which offers a variety of connected car features for remote control and additional guidance. A list of services includes remote home with climate control, remote door locking / unlocking, car search, enhanced roadside assistance and stolen vehicle recovery. You can access the application from your smartphone or smart watch. A Qi wireless phone charging system comes with models equipped with navigation. There is also an additional USB charging port on the back. An electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle retention is part of the package. It has an integrated memory system for the driver’s seat and mirrors. The rear windows have an umbrella function and the front seats are ventilated, complemented by electrical settings including electrical configurations for lumbar support. Hyundai also reports that the hybrid model’s battery is mounted under the floor of the trunk, providing a flat floor as a result. This means that the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid still has great utility and can still charge and unload without much trouble. The rear space has a loading capacity of 13.3 cubic feet, while the entire package gets the best overall interior volume of the 106.1 cubic foot segment. To enhance the interior space of the car, the rear seat divides 60/40 and a smart handsfree trunk feature is also available. In terms of safety and convenience, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts with a standard rear vision camera, as well as a blind spot monitor and standard rear cross traffic alert and lane assist. All of this is important too, because the technology and equipment in this segment can often determine favorites from later bookmarks. The blind spot monitor uses indicator lights on the side mirrors to signal a possible hazard. The system may also determine the closing speed of traffic entering an adjacent lane and, if a high speed vehicle is detected, it will sound an audible warning. Lane change assistance uses a forward facing camera to fulfill its obligations. According to Hyundai, “If the system detects that the vehicle is outside the track markers, a warning is lit in the instrument panel and an audible sound alerts the driver.” There is also an optional automatic emergency braking system and track maintenance assistance, as well as automatic highlight assistance. Intelligent cruise control with on/off function maximizes overall efficiency, which is very popular in the segment. Finally, in order to round up safety equipment, Sonata has seven standard airbags, electronic stability control, vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS and TPMS. All the stuff pretty standard, really.
Of course, while the sleek exterior styling and the many technologies used in the cabin are acceptable, what really sets the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid apart is what’s happening under the hood. This includes the choice between a hybrid drive and a hybrid plugin. Let’s start with the hybrid, which burns dinosaur juice through a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, the Nu GDI. A six speed automatic transmission is paired with the four speed gearbox, but it’s not just a normal snow box. A 38 kW electric motor and a clutch are installed in place of the traditional torque converter. Hyundai calls this the transmission mounted electrical device, or TMED, and is designed to provide a clear power supply, as well as a large number of kilometers per gallon in the pump. The transmission also uses an electric oil pump for even better efficiency. Put it in full electric mode, and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will decouple the gasoline engine from the powertrain, allowing it to go as fast as 75 mph with only electrons. Specifications include 154 horsepower and 140 pounds of torque for the NU four cylinder output levels, while the electric motor generates 38 kW, 51 horsepower and 151 pounds of torque. by himself. The total production of the entire hybrid system reaches 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai also estimates it will return to 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which equates to 42 mpg combined, which is not bad if you ask us. The all electric juice consists of a lithium ion battery with a nominal power of 1.76 kWh. With a prepared battery and a fuel tank topped, the Sonata will travel 650 miles before needing a refill. Let’s take a look at the plugin hybrid model, which offers a more fully electric range than the standard hybrid model. Hyundai says the plugin will provide more than 27 miles on a zero emission local drive with a full battery, which, once again, is solid enough and could certainly meet the daily needs of many buyers. To do this, the EV range is a 9.8 kWh lithium ion polymer battery, five times larger than the non connectable 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid battery. By connecting the Sonata to a level 2 charging point, the sedan can complete its battery in just three hours. Hyundai said “offering the best of both worlds by providing fuel for a gas powered hybrid engine, perfect for long haul journeys, with the added benefit of an all electric, environmentally friendly range for daily commutes.” We agree. The total range for the supplement, which includes the burning of fossil fuels, is 590 miles. The difference between the Plug and the standard Hybrid is probably due to the Plug’s smaller fuel tank, which is reduced in size to compensate for the extra space occupied by the larger battery. For reference, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plugin gets a 14.5 gallon tank, while the standard hybrid model gets a 15.9 gallon tank. Like the hybrid standard, the plugin also uses a six speed automatic transmission, which is again equipped with the TMED device mentioned above for electrical motivation. This time, however, the plugin electric motor has a power rating of 50 kW and 32% more power than the standard hybrid model, which “allows the EV to operate at a load and at an engine speed higher. “On the internal combustion side, the equation includes a 2 liter Nitrogen gas engine, which produces 154 horsepower and 140 pounds of torque. The total power of the system has a power rating of 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, which represents a modest increase over the standard hybrid. However, we are willing to bet that the larger battery and the more powerful engine will help make the add-on more powerful through low end thrust piles.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid base has a selling price of $ 25,500. This is in the lower range for a mid-size hybrid and below the original price of $ 26,000 for the 2017 Sonata Hybrid. The only other adjustment, the Limited, starts at $ 30,500. With the options, a 2018 Sonata Hybrid can cost more than $ 34,000. At the time of writing, Hyundai had not announced the price of the 2018 Sonata Plugin Hybrid. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata will be leaving the production line in Asan, South Korea. The hybrid will be available in the first quarter of 2018, followed by the hybrid addition in the second quarter of 2018.