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2019 Hyundai Sonata Interior Review

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Interior: 8.5

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata may not have the most upscale cabin in the class, but it looks good and uses mostly high-quality materials. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and the trunk is bigger than many rivals'. Features-wise, the Sonata comes with a user-friendly infotainment system and offers lots of driver assistance technology.

  • 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
  • "Another key area of improvement in the 2018 Sonata is the interior, which has a slightly revised center stack layout with new buttons that feel more tactile. Most of the materials in the cabin are high-quality soft-touch plastics, and there are some harder bits in areas away from touch points." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • For 2018 the Sonata receives a more modern-looking steering wheel with a three-spoke design. The car's HVAC controls have been lifted slightly to give the dashboard a more horizontal orientation. Trim that formerly framed the center air vents has been moved to highlight the Sonata's large touchscreen display. The result of those changes is an interior that has a Volkswagen vibe to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, interior quality doesn't quite feel up to VW standards – soft-touch materials are used sparingly and the Sonata's interior bits don't feel as substantial as they look. The Sonata's interior doesn't feel low-rent, but it doesn't feel as premium as some of its competition, either." -- Left Lane News (2018)

Seating

The Sonata seats five on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, sport seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

No matter where you sit, the Sonata's seats deliver a comfortable experience and remain supportive on long drives. Both rows have plenty of space for adult passengers, though the raked roof does limit headroom for tall people in the back.

The LATCH car-seat system in the Sonata can be frustrating to use. All the top tether anchors are distinct and easy to find, but the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seat. It is also difficult to maneuver around the lower anchors on the driver’s side rear seat. 

  • "The front seats are supportive and well-cushioned for long-distance comfort. There's a good range of lumbar adjustments, and the ventilated seats do an excellent job of keeping you cool. The rear seats are flatter in shape but still comfortable for the average-size adult." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sonata's front buckets proved comfortable over our day-long drive with good support and just the right amount of side bolster. Rear-seat legroom in the Sonata is generous, but its sloping roofline does eat into headroom for those over six-foot tall." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "After five-plus hours of driving, the seats still felt comfortable and supportive. The back seat has plenty of room for average adults, and USB ports for those in need of recharging devices, which is pretty much everyone these days. Cabin noise was a bit of a factor when on rougher roads." -- Autoblog (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sonata include an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button ignition, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. 

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Available active safety features include automatic headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Hyundai's infotainment system delivers the kind of user-friendly experience that people love. Its touch screen responds quickly to inputs and has well-organized, easily readable buttons. The system also understands voice commands well.

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  • "The well-spaced-out on-screen buttons are easier and less distracting to use while on the move. Graphics are sharp and the system is fairly quick to respond. The Infinity audio system is good, but we expect more performance from a premium feature such as this one." -- Edmunds
  • "Hyundai's latest infotainment system remains one of the most user-friendly interfaces available. … It's quick to respond to touch inputs, and voice commands are easily understood. … The Infinity by Harman premium audio system on higher trims offers crisp sound and is easily customizable." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "There are a few little tech touches that make the Sonata stand out from the crowd. Qi wireless charging is standard on the Limited 2.0T trim and available on Limited. All but the SE trim have a second-row USB charge port standard." -- CNET (2018)

Cargo

The Sonata's trunk provides 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, making it one of the largest trunks in the class. The rear seat folds down to give you space to haul larger items. A hands-free automatic trunk is available; it opens itself if you stand by the trunk for a few seconds with the key fob in your pocket.

  • "There's little to complain about when it comes to the Sonata's everyday usability, which is aided by solid cargo capacity and no shortage of in-cabin storage options. It's as good as or better than what you'd get with the typical car in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Still big and comfortable, this is an adept family hauler thanks to its sizable back seat and large trunk." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • Trunk space is big, too, but the opening is a bit narrow." -- Autoweek (2015)
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