- driving feel is normal and can be noisy when rev hard.
- exhault sound terrible when rev hard.
- difficult to feel the extra hp, probably due to 6 speed gear set up.
I find many sales staffs are still not being briefed to explain the noisy rev. Many complained about the high rev additional capability after test drive thinking that this is flaw. It really makes me wanted to explain to them in free speech with loud speaker seeing the sales staffs helpless in introducing the supposed to be added advantage. SD marketing staffs didn't get my message earlier or too lazy to react?
Here's my verdict, tested with 4 full size adults male + 1 pretty salesgirl. She sits in front though we wished to have her sandwiched in between at rear, best is in between my legs as the rear legroom is ample
Very impressive engine, powerful low & mid end torque with additional high rev capability. When you have that 165ps@6200rpm output, sure will get the loud rev but note that this Sonata could do it because of dual CVVT. If the Accord and Camry tuned to this output, it will get very high FC and overloading the engine.
Accord has high rev but its poor torque brought it down. Camry's engine is noisy at low speed but because it does not have cam phasing at speed, it is more silent than Sonata & Accord at high speed. High revv in Sonata YF 2.0 kicks in at over 3000rpm onwards, that's when you hear the loud roar. Driven below 3000rpm, it is quiet and with 2000-2500rpm acceleration enough torque & power to glide the car around.
If wanted the more quiet version, can go for Sonata 2.4L without high rev capability. It will not be noisy. Silly mistake made by SD, should get at least 1 Sonata 2.4L to prove its great NVH. Now many mistaken Sonata has bad NVH.
The exhaust used in 2.0 is the sports muffler (shorter than standard) similar to the one used in Lancer GT. It will give more noise than standard longer reverse flow muffler. Some might not like it.
Best is Sonata YF getting 10s+, I can beat Civic 1.8 & Sylphy 2.0 with this thing. Defeating Camry 11s and Accord 12s. The test drive allows me to throw the rented Camry & Accord more kaw than with friend's car. Very kind SD gave us opportunity to have fun. That new not yet open road is so useful in test drive. Accord '08 (Camry Killer) is totally inferior to Camry, don't find any reason why should I go for Accord that lost in acceleration and comfort. Much lagging can be felt in Accord while Camry has little.
Both the Camry and Accord need more revving to >3000rpm get to optimum speed whereas the Sonata YF requires just 2500rpm. The high revving in Sonata YF is used mainly for overtaking or during emergency or as supplement to high torque when going uphill. Else, no need to use.
The test unit Sonata YF 2.0 high spec doesn't have VSC whereas the local variant Sonata 2.0 High spec has it. Even without VSC, the Sonata could still throw hard corner with little understeer. SD made wrong move to bring in that variant without VSC as test unit, totally wrong as it could give wrong perception to public. I only found out when the salesgirl told during the high speed hard cornering. The Camry & Accord with VSC off if being thrown like that would have understeered more badly. Some cars without proper suspension setup like Sylphy and VSC might enter that road at 3 o' clock instead of completing U-turn at that tiny roundabout.
Sonata NVH, if driven above 3000rpm, the engine high rev roar might not be pleasant to some. However, driven below 3000rpm, it gives quiet ride but the sports exhaust will generate little noise. Camry's engine is louder at low speed but overall Camry wins. Accord has the high rev sounds.
Interior width Accord wins, headroom & legroom in Accord & Camry good. Sonata YF has best legroom but interior width & headroom less than the 2. They should have retained the interior space of older Sonata NF that is best, better than both Camry & Accord.
Sonata comes with anti-heat materials dash and door panels as found in BMW & Merc. It feels like plastic but in fact they are new materials tend to replace the traditional soft materials. Less susceptible to absorb heat so that you won't get burn if you park your car under direct hot sun.
Which will I buy:
I'll go for Sonata YF for the superiority. As proven in Sonata NF and the borrowed Forte 1.6EX, I just need to glide around at 2000rpm and requre 2500rpm only when accelerating due to very good low end torque. Forte 1.6EX kerb weight 1261kg FC in city traffic recorded 340km with 27.8L of RON95 at RM50 giving 12.2km/L. Sonata's Theta II with dual CVVT would give superior reading. Only thing I dislike is its interior rear seat space same as Forte when 3 men sitting behind.
. I can know this car well even I haven't touch and feel it. It's seem like a lot of SA still not well-trained of Hyundai product, such a pity. Thus, I think it might needs couple of years to build up a brand name in our country. Well, at the moment I'm not looking at Tucson i35 or Sonata YF due to the price is tough for me even I like that Tucson pretty much. Therefore, I'm looking forward on Avante 2011 model