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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has an impressive interior design, with quality materials and modern touches. It features plenty of passenger space, though rear headroom is a little tight for tall passengers. Both physical buttons and touch-screen controls are easy to use. The Sonata Hybrid has a lot of cargo space for the class, though it's significantly reduced in the plug-in model.

  • "The new 3-spoke steering wheel has a more upscale design, and the overall look and feel of the interior is more premium than before." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like the regular Sonata, the … Sonata Hybrid features the same clean, hexagonal center stack array housing the infotainment display and controls and climate controls. Materials quality and fit and finish are excellent, and you'll find plenty of storage space for personal effects." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The cabin's center stack is almost archaic with its insistence on actual buttons. The design isn't exactly futuristic, but I'll happily deal with a basic array of on/off switches any old day if it means there's less fiddling with touch-sensitive surfaces." -- Autoblog (2016)


The Sonata Hybrid comes standard with cloth upholstery, six-way manual-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Optional features include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a split-folding rear seat, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats provide ample comfort and support, along with plenty of room all-around. The second row has plenty of legroom, but headroom can be a little tight for taller passengers.

  • "The car has certainly grown up compared to the last generation, as it now boasts more supple seating surfaces, more interior room, and a smoother ride and driving feel. With the possible exception of its tight rear headroom, we have few bad things to say about the Sonata Hybrid's driving experience, whether you're behind the wheel or just along for the ride." -- Autotrader
  • "The Sonata Hybrid's cabin is roomy and comfortable. The seats are supportive and nicely padded, and the cabin itself is remarkably quiet. There's plenty of head-, legroom and shoulder room and a vast backseat, although rear headroom is tighter than in the hybrid's competitors." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Rear seat legroom rivals that found in some luxury cars, not to mention extended wheelbase vehicles. As a result, we rode in absolute comfort in the rear, with the added benefits of additional air conditioning ventilation." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Sonata Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, proximity key entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, a second USB port, satellite radio, Blue Link Connected Car Services, an Infinity premium stereo, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, rear sunshades, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, driver attention alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Critics appreciate the value the Sonata Hybrid brings in terms of standard features. Physical controls are easy to see and reach, and buttons are laid out in a nice organized fashion. The optional upgraded touch screen functions well and has crisp graphics.

See 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid specs »

  • "The 2018 hybrid models represent a step up in terms of value on two fronts: Newly standard features this year include the blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert safety systems. Newly optional safety features include automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2018 Sonata's redesigned interior looks sharper, and as an added benefit: The controls are even more intuitive. The screen sits higher, allowing all the controls to sit higher, making them easier to reach. Buttons and knobs are well organized in wider horizontal rows, with navigation and audio controls just below the screen and the climate controls falling neatly below." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The optional 8-inch touchscreen has crisp graphics and straightforward menus. … A unique gauge cluster displaying various hybrid system readouts is one of the few visible indicators that you're driving a gas-electric car." -- Edmunds (2017)


The 2018 Sonata Hybrid has 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. Owing to its larger battery, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has only 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space. A hands-free power trunk is standard, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat is optional.

  • "The trunk holds 13.3 cubic feet of cargo … and the Limited trim level's folding rear seats provide additional flexibility." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Another welcome change … is the placement of the battery pack, which moves from the rear cargo area to the tire well. This creates a flat cargo floor in the trunk, and there are now 60/40-split folding rear seats allowing the storage of longer items." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "Cargo space is the biggest win for the Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai increased the cargo volume by over a cubic foot from the outgoing model, up to … 13.3 cubic feet." -- Jalopnik (2016)

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