2008 Hyundai Azera Interior

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2008 Hyundai Azera Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Hyundai Azera was new.


Interior: 7.8

On balance, the Azera cabin is seen by most as upscale with good quality fit and finish. USA Today says all trim levels can easily seat up to five occupants, "with true adult-size accommodations in back as well as up front."

The Chicago Tribune notes that "you don't see screw heads and fasteners," inside the Azera. This sedan has an "opulent inside," adds Road and Track, "fitted with easy-to-understand controls and a handsome wood-or metal-trimmed dash that sweeps back neatly into the door panels."  Seating is roomy and interior features are well designed and executed. 


The Azera gets good scores for its roomy and comfortable seating. Edmunds calls the Azera interior "roomy enough to allow an L.A. Laker to ride in comfort." Forbes says the cabin is "well-equipped with the requisite convenience items." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution agrees, calling the "roominess of the interior most remarkable," with a surprising amount of headroom and legroom. A vocal minority mention the overly high seating for the driver, which Edmunds auto reviewers claim is "awkward for taller drivers with long torsos," because it pushes the driver closer to the ceiling.

Kelley Blue Book praises the Azera's "plush leather seating surfaces and just the right aesthetic touches of wood trim." U.S News' reviewer Rick Newman finds the rear seat "spacious-bigger in fact, than is ideal for kids." He also notes that with armrests housing cupholders, back-seat pockets and overhead lights, the rear seating is exceptionally kid-friendly.

Interior Features

Most test drivers found the Azera's interior instruments and tech features simple to use and elegantly styled. The Azera dash "sweeps gracefully across the car," writes New Car Test Drive, with "intuitively proportioned" gauges. The Washington Post finds the Azera interior "elegant and ergonomically sensible, a nice mixture of luxury and practicality highlighted by faux-wood accents and satin-finish metal pieces. The car has high eye appeal." A few auto reviewers disagreed, noting the dated look to the Azera interior. Car and Driver finds the interior gauges "econo-car like," and notes the "not-quite-terry-cloth-but-definitely-not-Alcantara seats."

The Azera, like most every Hyundai sold in America, is fitted with abundant standard features. MSN says it comes with "a boatload of standard equipment." Forbes agrees, noting that the standard equipment featured on the Azera really "covers all the bases." The Azera Limited comes with dual front automatic temperature controls, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, leather seating and woodgrain and leather-wrapped steering wheel with woodgrain door pulls.

The most surprising standard feature on the Azera Limited is the power rear sunshade that helps keeps the Azera cabin cool with the touch of a button. The shade rises up to cover the rear window and automatically goes down when the car in is reverse, so as not to obstruct visibility. When the car moves forward, the power rear sunshade goes back up. Kelley Blue Book calls the power rear sunshade a "very interesting and thoughtful feature." CNET goes even further, stating that it "demonstrates Azera's attempt at luxury status," adding that it "is a luxury we've previously seen only in cars approaching the $100,000 mark."

Stereo and Entertainment

The optional Premium Infinity® sound system, offered on all models of the Azera, is a 10-speaker, 315-watt system with an in-dash, six-disc CD changer, delivering "full, rich sound throughout the cabin" according to CNET, who called it the "most noticeable luxury appointment," for the Azera. They did note, however, that the sound system "interface is a bit lacking." 

The Premium Infinity® Logic7 surround sound audio system, offered exclusively in the Azera Limited, has 12 speakers including subwoofer and 605-watt digital amplifier and an-dash six-disc CD changer. The San Francisco Chronicle says the upgrade is enough "to markedly change the character of the car."


The Azera offers ample storage space, with 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and a large trunk with a fully finished inside, enclosed gooseneck hinges and a hydraulic lift lid.  MSN finds the Azera trunk "spacious, with a wide opening,", and New Car Test Drive agrees, calling the Azera trunk space "near the head of this class."  The Chicago Tribune also notes how easy it is to load and unload into such a wide and deep trunk. In addition, some test drivers admire the interior storage compartments, such as the armrest with dual cupholders and storage, the overhead compartment for eyeglasses and a cell phone holder in front of the gearshift lever.

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