Affordable Midsize Cars –2018 Hyundai Sonata with a new Design and a Powerful Turbocharged Engine

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is the latest and revamped sedan in affordable midsize cars having a new design and latest safety features. The 2018 Sonata has received a “dramatic design change” making it look more refined and sporty from every corner. Both interior and exterior are redesigned to make this mid-size Sonata more appealing and modern. From spacious cabin to better performance features, the new Sonata is quiet and gives plenty of space to the occupants.

The all-new Hyundai Sonata is offered in two powertrains and three trim levels, and available in the UAE market with two new colours. Laced with advanced safety features, driving dynamics and performance features, this new sedan in affordable midsize cars is able to give a smooth ride on the UAE roads with safety and comfort for all occupants.

Here is a comprehensive review of the redesigned Hyundai Sonata with some discussion on its engine, performance, design and safety technologies.

Design of the redesigned Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has redesigned the Sonata to make it a strong contender in the affordable midsize cars segment. The stylish and elegant looking 2018 Sonata gives a smooth drive and make every ride memorable for the occupants.


The 2018 Hyundai Sonata was aggressively redesigned to look more aggressive and edgy from all angles in affordable midsize cars category. This midsize sedan has new design elements making it worth looking at again and again.

Exterior of the redesigned Hyundai Sonata

The brand new Cascading Radiator Grille covers the front fascia and looks very demanding. Moreover, the bright and bold chrome accents on the grille look very elegant and add the sporty appeal to the vehicle as well. It is fitted with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Headlamps, LED High-mounted Stop Lamp, LED Rear Combination Lamps, dual muffler tailpipes and chrome tips to add more appeal to the vehicle.

A 16-inch alloy wheels accentuates the sporty look of the 2018 Sonata, whereas a 17-inch alloy wheel and 18-inch alloy wheels option are also available. This new vehicle in affordable midsize cars is available in 7 colours including Quartz White Pearl, Symphony Silver, Phantom Black, Machine Gray, Scarlet Red, Electric Blue and Lakeside Blue.

Chrome accents on the lower front bumper, around door handles, headlights, rear light and lower rear bumper add the classier look to the exterior.

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Being a new entry in the affordable midsize cars category, the Hyundai Sonata 2018 is spacious and comfortable with ample headroom for occupants. Premium cloth materials are used for upholstery, however, the option for leather upholstery is also there if someone wants to add a luxurious appeal to the car.

Interior of the redesigned Hyundai Sonata

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Technologies – Affordable Midsize Cars

The in-cabin fitted technologies are features that make commuting memorable in the all-new Hyundai Sonata, includes

  • 2-inch Driver Display
  • Automatic Air Conditioning System
  • 7-inch Color Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • 6-speakers Audio System
  • Bluetooth
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Optional features are as follows,
  • Real Wood Trim
  • Aluminium Pedals
  • Wireless Device Charging
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio Technology
  • 10-speakers Infinity Premium Audio System
  • 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 10-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
  • 6-way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Performance of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata 2018 has a front-wheel drive with two powertrain options available in the UAE. The first option is of 2.4-litre Inline 4-Cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it can generate 176 horsepower and 229Nm of torque. This engine offers a fuel efficiency of 12.5 Km/L, has top speed of 208 Km/h and can go from 0 to 100 Km/h in 9.5 seconds.

Performance of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Second engine option is a 2.0-litre Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder engine paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and capable of producing 242 horsepower and 350Nm of torque. This engine offers a fuel efficiency of 10.5 Km/L, it has a top speed of 235 Km/h and it can go from 0 to 100 Km/h in just 7.5 seconds.

Moreover, the performance of this vehicle in affordable midsize cars new entry is also renewed just like other exterior elements. The Sonata 2018 is fitted with “Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH) System” enabling a quiet ride by reducing the engine and road noises. The Drive Mode Control System comes with three modes that are Normal, Sport and ECO modes.

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Safety Features – Affordable Midsize Cars

With enhanced safety and stability, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata now comes with latest safety features ensuring better control on the vehicle and more safety for the occupants. There are some of the most notable safety features fitted in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata are:

  • Dynamic Bending Lights
  • Blind Spot Detection System
  • Hill-start Assist Control System
  • Electronic Stability Control System
  • Advanced Airbag System
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control System
  • Vehicle Stability Management System
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Traction Control System
  • Brake Assist
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Tyre Pressure Indicator
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution

Safety Features of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

These are the optional safety features in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata:

  • Auto Emergency Braking System
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Pedestrian Detection System
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist

Price and Availability of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata in the UAE

Price and Availability of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata in the UAE

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is already available in the affordable midsize cars in the UAE market. It has two powertrain options and three trim levels (GL, GLS and Turbo Sport). The price of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata GL starts at AED 69,900 and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata GLS has a starting price of AED 106,000. While the most high-end trim level the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Sport, has a starting price of AED 118,000.