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Two new engines and keen pricing make fifth-generation Sonata a serious medium sedan

26 Aug 2005

HYUNDAI’S new Sonata is as much of a departure from what went before as its Euro-inspired looks suggest. Inside, it’s hard to imagine a more efficiently packaged mid-size four-door sedan. Passenger space genuinely challenges Commodores and Falcons, while the inclusion of things like side curtain airbags and active front head restraints as standard across the range adds credibility to Hyundai’s claims of a potential five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Then there are two all-new engines – a four-cylinder and a V6 - both of which exceed current emission requirements by ludicrous margins. On top of that, Hyundai has no illusions about its perceived role on the new-car market and has carefully priced its impressive newcomer to seriously challenge the likes of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

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Model release date: 1 July 2005 to 1 June 2008

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Hyundai Sonata

Released: August 1998
Ended: June 2005
Family Tree: Sonata

Hyundai's previous Sonata was the EF model launched in Australia in 1998. Comprising GLE, GLS and Levant variants, the EF was powered by a 103kW/180Nm 2.0-litre four and a 127kW/230Nm 2.5-litre V6. It soon made way for the EF-based EF-B model in September 2001, which comprised a 104kW/202Nm 2.4-litre four and a 132kW/245Nm 2.7-litre V6. All EF-B Sonatas employed either a five-speed manual or a four-speed auto with manual-shift mode.

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