Finally, after a lot of anticipation, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco has been launched. The latest model is a significant improvement over the earlier model although it initially appears to be a smaller version of the same. The fact is that in terms of performance the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco autos model outperforms any of its predecessors. As far as the mid-sized sedan segment is concerned, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco lives up to its name and is a class apart from its contemporaries.
Living Up to Expectations?
The latest model of the Hyundai Sonata boasts of a 1.6 liter engine with four vales to the cylinder. While this appears to be a toned down version of the earlier 2.0 liter turbo model, it is differently designed because it is designed in a unique undersquare shape despite having the same all aluminum body and variable valve timing. This unique feature makes the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco perfectly suited for different types of terrain including some of the very uneven ones.
Speed and Power
In terms of power, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco is not much to write home about. With a 1.6 liter engine, one can only get as much as 178 horsepower. However, the engineers have more than compensated for this weakness with the 196 lb-ft torque. What’s more, the new Hyundai Sonata Eco comes with a seven speed system, something that few if any of its contemporaries can boast of. Even the larger and more powerful predecessor of the Sonata does not offer more than six speed settings.
Fuel Efficiency and Performance
As far as performance and fuel efficiency is concerned, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco lives up to its name and gives an impressive result. On the test track, the car is able to go from rest to 60 mph in only 6.7 seconds. Racing at 92 mph, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco was able to clock 15.3 seconds to complete the quarter mile mark.
Coming to the design features of the car, the designers have maintained the traditional aspects of the design without experimenting a lot. Overall, the results are satisfactory with the super efficient power train and the smooth suspension system that is well-tuned to offer a reasonable comfortable driving experience. The power steering is also quite responsive and gives good control to the driver. In terms of navigation and maneuverability there are some challenges which are common to almost all cars in this category. When it comes to sharp turns it is difficult to maintain control over the steering. The cause probably lies in the tires which are of the all-season type and are not efficient when it comes to braking performance.
The interiors of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco are comfortable and inviting, and not at all overwhelming. The seats are leather and the dash display is convenient, with the knobs and other controls displayed accessibly. High-quality wood has been used for the trimmings while the automatic climate control and front seat heating enhance the comfort of the interiors.