Hyundai has made major changes to the Sonata, both inside and out. Among other things, it now has touch-sensitive controls – All information
Generation changes usually result in significant design changes. Still, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata (buy Hyundai Sonata used cars now) is just a facelift for the eighth-generation model launched in 2019. The most noticeable innovation is at the front, where the mid-size sedan has received a wide LED light bar – similar to the Kona or the Staria. The official pictures show the standard model and the sporty N-Line.
The more coveted of the two models gets a new design for the quad tailpipes and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai has also revised the rear lights and made them flatter, as the light signature no longer extends to the upper area of the trunk lid. In addition, the H character has been moved slightly lower. Both the regular and N-Line variants get redesigned bumpers that make the rear look a bit more aggressive.
A lot has also happened in the interior: the Sonata is the first Hyundai to receive a curved display à la BMW’s iDrive 8. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen of the same size are surrounded by curved glass. While BMW has dropped the shortcuts to climate settings, the dedicated HVAC panel is still available – but now with touch-sensitive controls.
Other changes we notice are the end-to-end air vents, new four-dot (“H” in Morse code) steering, and moving the shifter to the steering column to tidy up the center console. This allowed Hyundai to lengthen the center armrest and add a palm rest for more comfort. Overall, it seems like the quality of the interior has taken a step forward with the facelift.
Hyundai intends to show the 2024 Sonata at the Seoul Mobility Show starting March 30, where details of the specifications will also be announced. Erlkönig shots showed a prototype with a sticker that said AWD. But nothing is official yet and we can’t count on the model in Europe anyway.