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Test-Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation

Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation.

Review and photos by Jil McIntosh

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

It doesn't seem all that long ago that Hyundai was just one more car on buyers' "let's check it out" list. These days it's likely to be very close if not at the top of many lists. In recent years, the Korean automaker has sent out several top-notch offerings, including its redesigned-for-2011 Sonata.
 
In an unusual move, Hyundai sent the Sonata's V6 engine packing, and for 2011 offers only four-cylinder powerplants. The three choices are a 2.4-litre, the 2.4 with hybrid system, and my tester, the 2.0T – a 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger.  Having driven all three, I'd suggest that it's a rare driver who wouldn't be able to find one that fits the bill and would still insist on those extra two pistons.
 
The 2.0T spins out an impressive 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, that latter number peaking at just 1,800 rpm. By comparison, the 2.4-litre makes 198 horses and 184 lb.-ft., while the hybrid maximizes at 209 horses when gas engine and electric motor are making their music together. A six-speed automatic is the default transmission, which means that purists won't be happy (and I would have loved to have tried this forced-air engine with a stick shift). My tester, the top-line 2.0T Limited with Navigation, was $33,499 (the price has risen by $700 for the 2012 model). That puts the 2011 between the 2.4-litre Sonata, which ranges from $22,699 to $31,699, and the Hybrid, which clocks in from $29,999 to $34,499.
 

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Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation. Click image to enlarge

Turbocharging is becoming a popular option with several automakers, since it can potentially offer the best of both worlds: regular four-cylinder fuel economy when you're light on the pedal, and V6- or even V8-style power on tap when it's needed. The difference can be considerable: the 2.0T has more power than the V6 versions of the Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima, but with better fuel economy. It's officially rated at 9.3 L/100 km (30 mpg Imp) in the city and 6.0 (47) on the highway. In combined, cooler-weather driving, I averaged 9.8 (29). The engine runs on regular-grade gasoline.
 
The numbers aside, the 2.0T is really sweet. The engine puts out an astonishing 137 horsepower per litre – per litre! – but do not expect to find some wild-eyed, adrenaline-soaked monster peering out from behind the grille. Acceleration is linear, and it moves out smoothly and with no throttle twitchiness when you're gently negotiating city traffic. Ask it to step out, and there's not a hint of turbo lag, primarily due to the twin-scroll design and the direct injection. It doesn't feel like driving a turbo, not if you cut your teeth on those of days gone by when you hit the throttle, ate your breakfast and finished the crossword puzzle, and then felt the power kick in. It's also very quiet, and even under hard acceleration, there's virtually no torque-steer.
 
There's a manual shift mode on the six-speed automatic, operated via the gearshift lever or by paddles mounted on the steering wheel. They're the right type, as in there's downshift on the left and upshift on the right, rather than redundant push-pull levers. Should you be more into wallet-watching mode at the gas pumps, there's also an "Eco" button. It takes the edge off the throttle response, but it's not entirely a driving-fun downer, with less buttoning-down as you find in some other companies' systems. I don't expect too many people to slide their fingers over that way, in any case; if you want a more sedate version, buy the 2.4-litre, which is a fine model on its own.


Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation hyundai
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited with Navigation. Click image to enlarge

I really like the steering feel, which has decent weight to it. With a curb weight of just 1,517 kg, the car is very agile, and the electric power-assisted steering feels more organic rather than battery-powered. The sport suspension is stiffer than that of its non-turbo sibling. It feels tight and athletic on smooth asphalt, but turns harsh when it hits rougher sections of pavement. The brakes bite nicely and it's a decent performer overall.
 
The fluid, redesigned body makes the 2010 Sonata look 20 years old by comparison. For the longest time, Hyundai models were primarily designed by cutting and pasting elements of other vehicles together. That's no longer the case, and this bold styling is Hyundai's alone. That said, it's a shame that the 2.0T and 2.4-litre look the same while the Hybrid gets the aggressive, look-at-me open-mesh grille. That's got much to do with cooling and aerodynamics, but still, the 2.0T's powerful engine really deserves more of a fancy calling card to announce its arrival.
 
The inside looks as good as the outside. The Limited trim line swaps leather chairs for the stock version of cloth with leather bolsters, and all four outboard positions are heated. The heavily sculpted dash pivots down to a flowing centre stack that, on mine, included a navigation screen. The Limited's dual-zone automatic climate control can be put on set-it-and-forget-it, or the vent modes can be tweaked via a little stick figure that's pretty much swiped wholesale from Volvo. Unlike the Swedish company's version, in which you press the corresponding body portion to vent air in that direction, Hyundai's little guy is just a toggle switch, and you keep pressing him until you reach the draft you desire. Other controls are simple and easy to use, and the voice command system for the navigation listened attentively, deciphered correctly, and sent me to my destination.
 
The seats are comfortable and supportive, and there's good legroom in the back. The rear seats lean forward for extra cargo space but don't fall flat.
 
Features on the base model include heated seats, an eight-way power driver's chair, Bluetooth, pushbutton start, sunroof, fog lamps, iPod port and a windshield de-icer. The Limited includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, automatic headlamps, premium stereo, and the aforementioned auto climate and four heated seats. My tester's navigation system swaps out the Limited's six-CD stereo for a single-disc version and includes a back-up camera. The warranty is Hyundai's standard 5 years/100,000 km on just about everything.
 
I hate to admit it, but I've been driving for quite a few years now. I started when the domestic "Big Four" (yes, Jeeps were still rolling off AMC's assembly line) ruled the roadways. I watched them fall and the Japanese rise to take their place. And now I believe I'm driving into a future where Korean cars, once considered cheap throwaways, are not that far from first place. Powerful, efficient, intelligently priced and good looking, Hyundai's Sonata 2.0T is certainly making an impression.

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