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2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line review: Long-term update 4, tech and infotainment

You might not at all times consider cutting-edge tech and Hyundai in the identical breath. The Sonata goals to alter that notion with a wholesome dose of up-to-date tech packed in.





  • Big vary of customisable options
  • Particular person driver profiles a should, when you share your automotive
  • A system that adapts to you, not the opposite method round
  • No choice to customize driver show
  • Audio does not reside as much as the Bose status
  • A few of Hyundai’s different fashions out-tech the Sonata

As a medium sedan from a mainstream model, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line could not strike you as being on the fore in the case of infotainment and expertise. This Hyundai punches above its weight, nevertheless.

Positive, it might not have the outright glitz and glamour of the tech-infested infotainment methods you’ll discover in a Benz or BMW, however truthfully, Hyundai does shine on the performance entrance.

As a fast overview, the Sonata fronts up with a ten.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, inbuilt navigation with reside site visitors updates, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and AM/FM/DAB+ radio.



The driving force faces a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster augmented by a color head-up show.

Above that you just’ll discover a color head-up show, which stays seen even with polarised glasses on. You’ll be able to tweak issues like the color and dimension of the pace show, and look at blind-spot warnings, speed-limit data, and turn-by-turn navigation prompts right here.

Alongside for the experience are additionally options like a 12-speaker Bose stereo, wi-fi smartphone charging, three USB ports up entrance, and one within the rear. That sound system is fairly respectable, however whereas Bose could have a superb status in dwelling audio, its automotive methods may be variable, and I would love the Sonata’s to be only a bit crisper and clearer.



One infotainment characteristic not listed on Hyundai’s spec sheet is the power to play full-motion video on the centre display screen. Add your content material to a USB and plug it in, and you’ll watch your clips when the automotive is in park. In case you put the automotive in drive audio continues, however the video feed is unavailable.

On the quirky facet, there’s Hyundai’s Sounds of Nature perform, which helps you to play ambient noise to, I do not know, show you how to chill out perhaps? I’ll say the Snowy Village theme, which is simply creepy footsteps by means of the snow, isn’t what you wish to hear after leaving a horror movie late at night time.

There’s additionally regular rain, forest sounds, and busy cafe bustle – if that is your factor. Personally, I simply persist with ’80s and ’90s digital radio stations.



Together with infotainment features themselves, the system permits entry to numerous different automobile features.

That infotainment display screen provides a crisp high-resolution show, and is snappy to reply to inputs. Automobile settings menus are specified by a method that’s smart and simple to work by means of.

Inside, you’ll discover settings for issues just like the hands-free good boot; a perform that enables the boot to open hands-free whenever you stand on the rear of the automotive for a couple of seconds. I have a tendency to show this one off when washing the automotive to stop inadvertently opening the boot with soapy water throughout it.

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Oh, and when you’re searching for the precise boot launch on the automotive, it’s hidden within the prime a part of the Hyundai brand affixed to the boot lid. Simply press to open.

There are settings for straightforward entry on the driving force’s seat, which might slide again when the ignition is switched off, or scoot your seat ahead for you when you’re in and have closed the driving force’s door. Very courteous.

As a shorty, I discovered the prolonged place meant I ended up clumsily rearward, making it tough to get out, however there’s additionally a midway place that suited my stature.

It’s additionally attainable to match the heated and cooled seats to the local weather management, so on frosty mornings the heated seats and steering wheel will swap on routinely, or the air flow will kick in when it is roasting outdoors.

On that, after fiddling round with the seat controls I discovered a tiny hack – you possibly can alter the heating or air flow in three steps, which implies tap-tap-tapping to show them off often. It’s also possible to press and maintain, and after a second the seat local weather will deactivate. Useful!

If you would like a BMW-esque seat settings show to pop up on display screen as you alter the place, you are able to do that too. It’s additionally attainable to show refined or full-screen drive mode modifications on the centre display screen, and to have a repeater window for lights and wipers to pop up on the driving force show.



The seats themselves are powered. The driving force’s seat has 12-way adjustment, together with lumbar and bolster adjustment. The passenger’s seat has extra primary four-way adjustment solely.

Driver’s seat reminiscence permits the automotive to recall two positions, each for seat and mirrors – however once more, there’s a hack for this, when you’d like so as to add extra.

The automotive has the power so as to add driver profiles. So, for example, you possibly can arrange a spread of the entire features talked about above, but when another person makes use of the automotive, and doesn’t like these, they will retailer their very own preferences beneath their very own profile.

Key particulars 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line
Engine configuration 4-cylinder turbo petrol
Displacement 2.5-litre (2497cc)
Energy 213kW at 5800rpm
Torque 422Nm at 1650–4000rpm
Transmission Eight-speed dual-clutch computerized
Drive kind Entrance-wheel drive
Weight 1636kg (kerb)
Energy to weight ratio 130.2kW/t
Estimated vary 741km
Gross sales class Medium automotive
Key rivals Toyota Camry | Skoda Octavia | Mazda 6

Let’s say you need full display screen drive mode on, pace restrict displayed within the instrument cluster and auto seat local weather on, you possibly can set these preferences, alongside together with your most popular seat positions and add them to your driver profile.

In case your different half is extra of a refined drive mode notifications, no pace data, no seat local weather sort of driver, they will arrange these features accordingly and set their very own profile.

It’s also possible to make changes to issues like security system sensitivity and navigation notifications and save these too. One oddball characteristic, which I fairly like, is the power for the air flow to change to recirculate when the windscreen washer is used to maintain the scent out of the cabin.



A helpful side-effect of the profile system is that with totally different customers arrange, seat reminiscence recall turns into two positions per profile. Only a neat profit, and one meaning you possibly can retailer a basic driving and spirited-run seat place for your self beneath your profile.

Whereas the system is comprehensively featured, there are one or two belongings you gained’t discover, and one perform that I discovered extremely irritating.

The frustration got here from the pace zone show – Hyundai makes use of embedded navigation information, not pace signal recognition. This implies it may well’t choose up variable pace zone or roadworks limits.

Gasoline Useage Gasoline Stats
Gasoline cons. (mixed, declare) 8.1L/100km
Gasoline cons. (mixed, on take a look at) 8.9L/100km
Gasoline kind (minimal) 91-octane
Gasoline tank dimension 60L

Worse, although, map information is extremely gradual to select up pace zone modifications, and the system typically shows incorrect limits on roads that had their pace limits lowered years prior. That might make for a pricey mistake when you’re in an unfamiliar space and put your religion within the system.

Different lacking options and features are user-customisable shows for the driving force show, and a fly-around mode for the 360-degree digicam. I point out these solely as a result of they’re out there on different Hyundai fashions.

The digicam system does let you have a look at the kerbside wheels when parking, with zoomed entrance and rear views, together with a surround-view overview, plus dynamic pointers. That ‘choose your individual angle’ view may be helpful, and it’s shocking that it’s lacking.



Equally, within the Kona and Tucson you possibly can select from set instrument shows and hyperlink them to the drive mode as you want. Within the Sonata you get solely a gaudy silver view in Regular, whereas Sport and Sport+ modes get a pink and black sport dial show.

Personally, I don’t love the conventional view. The game show is extra my type, so I’d relatively preserve this lively on a regular basis.

The ultimate lacking characteristic that retains the Hyundai system from tackling status manufacturers is a scarcity of on-line companies.

Previously Hyundai has provided Auto Hyperlink, permitting smartphone entry to among the automotive’s features corresponding to pre-conditioning the cabin and distant locking and unlocking. That system was dropped domestically, though related connectivity exists in abroad markets.

It’s maybe not strictly wanted, however with out embedded distant begin it’s a type of good features for extremely popular or very chilly days – plus with the ability to test gasoline ranges, or simply ensure you locked the automotive remotely, is a helpful perform.

If flicking by means of the proprietor’s guide is simply too tedious for you, you possibly can scan a QR code on display screen together with your telephone and flick search for more information in a web-based model. Maybe not as helpful as having it embedded within the display screen itself, however maybe simpler to tug your telephone across the automobile with you, when you’re searching for one thing particular.



Finally, I have been fairly proud of the UI and useage expertise of the Sonata’s tech suite – proper right down to little particulars like the straightforward to achieve 360-camera button for straightforward call-up when parking, and the favourites button that I’ve set to recall CarPlay, that means when the park sensor ghost seems, I can merely hit the star button on the infotainment show to banish it.

It does really feel like even this replace is simply the tip of the iceberg by way of what the Sonata can do and the tech it provides. If you would like to know extra about something concerning the Sonata N Line, please ask within the feedback and I will do my finest to reply.

Kez Casey

Kez Casey migrated from behind spare elements counters to writing about vehicles over ten years in the past. Raised by a household of automotive staff, Kez grew up in workshops and panel outlets earlier than making the swap to evaluations and highway assessments for The Motor Report, Drive and CarAdvice.

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