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Hyundai Sonata

EF-B Sonata

1 Sep 2001

A neat – if shamelessly Mercedes C-class-like – facelift did much to address the 1998 EF Sonata’s inexplicably heavy-handed styling.

Of more importance were the steps in safety, comfort and on-road dynamics.

The reintroduction of the 104kW/202Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder version broadened its value appeal, while a bigger capacity V6 (now a 132kW/245Nm 2.7) provided more punch.

Both were allied to a Tiptronic-style four-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox.

Equipment levels were reasonable with a driver's airbag, air-conditioning and cruise control standard on all models.

A small update from March 2004 added a passenger airbag and anti-lock brakes.

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