Used Hyundai Sonata Saloon 2001 - 2005 review

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Section: Our recommendations

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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Which used Hyundai Sonata saloon should I buy?

The Sonata is one of the cheapest ways to get a big V6 saloon - and V6 is the route to take. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol doesn't have enough puff and is more unrefined than the V6. Yes, you'll save some money at the pumps, but not enough to make it worth it.

There are two V6s available - a 160bhp 2.5 on earlier cars and a better 176bhp 2.7 on later models. Even so, don't expect strong, smooth pull. The V6s sound a bit diesel-like when cold and they're coarse when revved hard.

GSi models are the cheapest, but even these are crammed with kit - air-con, remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, anti-lock brakes. However, we'd go for CDX trim with its alloys, CD player and, on V6 models, climate control, extra airbags, leather, traction and cruise controls and CD multi-changer.

Hyundai dealers have the best used Sonatas, but the classifieds can throw up good cheaper ones.