Used Hyundai Sonata Saloon 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2005 review
Used Hyundai Sonata Saloon 2001 - 2005
  • Used Hyundai Sonata Saloon 2001 - 2005
  • Used Hyundai Sonata Saloon 2001 - 2005
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What's the used Hyundai Sonata saloon like?

The Sonata is the kind of car that lures people in because they can't believe they can get something with so much kit and so much space for so little money.

Don't think for a minute that you're buying a cut-price refined Japanese or dynamic German executive car, however.

The Sonata is all about undemanding mediocrity on the road - and in some respects it doesn't quite make it as far as mediocre. The engines aren't refined and your passengers won't like the body lean in corners or the unsettled ride around town. The handling is unrewarding, too.

It's much better on a cruise, though. The ride improves, it's reasonably quiet and you can enjoy the roomy, well-stocked cabin.

There's also a massive boot and, if that isn't enough, the rear bench splits and folds. To cap it all, the driving position is good, the controls are easy to use and you get a lot of comfort and safety kit, too.