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Mad Luxury: A By-The-Numbers Look At The Newly-Launched 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Here's another reason why you should break your piggy bank: Gents, meet the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata!
by Gelo Gonzales | Dec 19, 2014
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Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) launched the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata last Monday, December 15, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink, which also coincided with their annual Christmas party for dealers, clients, and members of the media.

Their new car, however, was the star of the night.

There are high expectations for the shiny, seventh-generation of the Sonata, largely owing to the success of its previous models. To raise the bar for Hyundai's top-of-the-line automobiles is one of the 2015 Sonata's unwritten purpose—and boy, does it fulfill it.

Its dynamism alone is something to take note of, especially if you're in the market for a premium Asian sedan. We mean, look:

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Of course, the sleek curvatures are but a part of the equation. More important are the numbers that comprise this beast of a car. Here's a rundown:

1)   The 2015 Sonata is longer by 35 millimeters, wider by 30 millimeters, and taller by 10 millimeters than its predecessor.

What does this mean? More space to lounge around, more arm space for when you yawn, and more stretch space for your legs.

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2)   It is equipped with a Theta II 2.4L MPI DOHC D-CVVT Engine.

The car is dressed to kill, but its power is even deadlier. It pumps out 178 horses, and 23.3 kg-m of max torque at 4000 RPM. Pretty robust. The engine is mated to a six-speed H-matic automatic transmission.

3)   It can carry a 500 kilogram camera rig, easy.

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In one ad, the Sonata was fitted with a camera rig to film another Sonata. The rig weighed 500 kilograms, which brought the total weight under the wheels at two tons.

Watching the video, the Sonata was still able to drive smoothly. Impressive.  

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Autoport Magazine

Hyundai says that the strength of the car comes from its Advanced High Strength Steel (half of the car's body is made from it), which is said to be twice as strong as ordinary steel. This feature helped the car win the 2014 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States.

4)   The Sonata is priced at P1,898,000 for the Premium variant and P1,698,000 for the GLS variant.

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The Premium variant has 185 horsepower while the GLS has a slightly lower 176-hp rating. Other than that, they offer roughly the same premium experience.

5)   18-inch alloy wheels headline all the extra premium options on this car.

Its wheels are truly handsome, made even more attractive by the fact that it has Electronic Stability Control, a dual multi-link suspension system for top responsiveness, hill-start assist control for those afraid of "hanging" situations, and enhanced Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) protection. These features really up the ante for a car in this category. 

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6)   But wait, there's more: The car comes with an 8-year or 160,000 kilometer limited powertrain warrant

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