I've just bought a Hyundai Sonata 2.4-litre automatic that was an ex-demonstrator model, and it has borne the brunt of the depreciation already. The interior is well equipped and luxurious, although the radio looks out of place and cheap in a car like this, and I miss the steering wheel-mounted stereo controls. The boot is vast, and the inclusion of a full size alloy spare is much better than a space-saver. The car has had a few comments from my friends who thought it resembled an Audi or a Lexus, whilst I enjoy driving a car which isn't a common sight on the roads. Overall, I think the car is competant and comfortable, but I would recommend buyers shop around for a nearly-new example, since there are only a few colours and one trim level. The ideal car might be out there, and it saves on the otherwise high depreciation. My 05 plate demonstrator model, which would have cost over £17,000 in June, was onsale at £13,000 when I bought it in December.
Stewart Urquhart, North Lincolnshire, January 2nd 2006