2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid looks good and uses some premium materials, though it lacks the modern styling of some rival cabins. Both rows of seats are comfortable and fairly roomy, and the features list includes plenty of technology. Whether you're looking at the hybrid or the plug-in hybrid, trunk space is subpar for the class.

  • "The interior materials aren't quite as nice as some other sedans, but everything has a good sturdy feel about them. We never noticed any creaks or squeaks while driving, and all features functioned as they should." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

Seating

The Sonata Hybrid seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows of seats are comfortable, and the cabin is generally nice and quiet. The front seats provide plenty of room and ample support. The rear seats have a vast amount of legroom, though taller passengers may wish for a bit more headroom.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors and a third tether anchor for installing car seats. The tether anchors are easy to find and use, but the lower anchors are set deep in the seat and difficult to maneuver around.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 Sonata Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a six-speaker audio system.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an additional USB port, BlueLink, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an Infinity premium audio system. Some of these features – like HD Radio, the additional USB port, and satellite radio – come standard in the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Note that some of these features are not standard in the Sonata PHEV, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Available driver assistance features include rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, dynamic bending light (which turns your headlights with the steering wheel to help you see around corners), lane departure warning, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

It's easy to control the Sonata Hybrid's tech features thanks to the easy-to-reach, well-organized controls. There are physical buttons and knobs for some functions. The touch screen is intuitive, and it features sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs.

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  • "All of the controls are logically placed and easy to operate. Rather than rely solely on a touchscreen, the Sonata has physical buttons that are well-suited to accessing the information you need efficiently." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Cargo

The Sonata Hybrid provides 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is one of the smallest trunks in the class. As a result of its larger battery, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has even less space, at 9.9 cubic feet. The cargo floor is flat, giving you a nice spot to load items, and there's plenty of cabin storage space. A hands-free power trunk comes standard. A split-folding rear seat is available in the standard hybrid but not in the PHEV.

  • "The smart placement and sensible sizing of bins and pockets mean there are plenty of places to store your personal items. A grippy wireless charging pad is another example of smart design." -- Edmunds
  • "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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