For many Brits wanting to buy an executive car, nothing less than German will do. That's a shame for companies like Hyundai, which offers some great products at competitive prices. Take the Sonata for example; it's phenomenally reliable, superbly kitted out and not bad to drive, yet the Hyundai badge puts people off because of links to past products. That only ensures its used cars are astonishing value though, so cast aside your prejudices and take a closer look.
5/05: An all-new Sonata goes on sale, with a 2.4-litre V6 petrol engine only. Only CDX trim is offered.
7/06: Three new engines join the range while the 2.4-litre unit is discontinued. A 2.0-litre petrol unit along with a 3.3-litre V6 petrol. There's also a 2.0-litre turbodiesel, but still only a CDX trim level. However, the 3.3 is offered in ultra-high spec CDX+ form.
Hyundai Sonata (2005-2009) Checklist
- Many of these cars are bought for occasional use only by low-mileage drivers, so the engine is running cold most of the time. Make sure the engine isn't worn out on low-mileage cars.
- Depreciation is a major issue, so make sure you buy at the right price; shop around to ensure you're getting a decent deal, because many cheap cars aren't as cheap as they should be.
- Sonatas are well equipped and reliable, so make sure everything works - although problems are unlikely.
- Equipment levels
- Low purchase costs
- Diesel engine
We Don't Like
- Saloon only
- Thirsty petrol engines