Stylish Sonata gains advanced safety and luxury.

20 July, 2016

  • Hyundai Sonata’s strong value-for-money appeal boosted even further via MY17 upgrades
  • Paddle shifters and premium tyres now standard across three-tier Sonata range
  • Sonata Elite gains additional comfort features including rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats and more
  • Additional advanced safety features complement flagship Sonata Premium’s already comprehensive electronic safety aids

Hyundai has substantially upgraded its stylish, sophisticated and award-winning Sonata range. 

Enhancements to Sonata’s already outstanding equipment levels include sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and premium tyres on all three variants.

Additionally, mid-level Sonata Elite gains rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, front parking assist system and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function.

Previously available only as standard equipment on Sonata’s Premium flagship, Hyundai’s expansive twin-panel panoramic glass sunroof becomes optional on Sonata Elite.

Sonata Premium acquires a comprehensive suite of advanced safety features which augment its already comprehensive electronic safety aids. 

Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and advanced Smart Cruise Control are now standard equipment on Sonata’s flagship Premium.

Sonata Active and Elite’s standard 17-inch alloy wheels now come fitted standard with 215/55R17 Continental Conti Premium Contact™ 5 tyres, while Sonata Premium’s 18-inch alloys now come shod with 235/45R18 Michelin Pilot 3 tyres.

The switch to new tyre brands for Sonata is best explained by Hee Loong Wong (aka ‘Wongy’), Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s General Manager Product Engineering:

“We were very happy with our Australian-focused suspension tune of the all-new Sonata, including the tyres, when we released it last year,” Wongy says. 

“However, earlier this year Hyundai head office, in South Korea, gave us the option of testing the Continentals and Michelins on the car, and we jumped at the opportunity.

“We engaged former Hyundai WRC driver Chris Atkinson to evaluate them at the limit of adhesion under controlled conditions. His feedback, along with that of HMCA chief test driver Andrew Tuitahi, was very pleasing. We have seen gains in outright grip level, ride comfort and quietness.”

Model-year 2017 Sonata also offers a new palate of striking exterior colours including distinctive metallic/mica Shade Bronze.

Beige leather interior trim is optionally available on Sonata Elite and Premium variants featuring White Cream, Midnight Black or Shade Bronze exterior paint.

Sonata is Hyundai’s longest-serving nameplate in Australia. The seventh-generation Sonata has received critical acclaim for its award-winning looks, class-leading performance, extensive equipment and features lists, together with its ‘large-car roomy’ interior and spacious 510-litre boot (with full-size spare alloy wheel).

Major international awards for Sonata’s 2.0 Fluidic Sculpture styling include a coveted Red Dot Design Award for Outstanding Design and a Good Design Award, the world’s premier award for innovation and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic product design.

Sonata’s strong value-for-money equation and owner-focused after-sales service credentials include Hyundai’s benchmark 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and award-winning iCare Customer Care Program.


Sonata Active
MY17 Upgrade Features:
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
17-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 Continental Conti Premium Contact™ 5 tyres

Existing Features:
2.4 GDi engine (138kW @ 6,000rpm and 241Nm @ 4,000rpm)
6 airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), full length curtains
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Rear-view camera
Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
Keyless entry with burglar alarm
5-inch touchscreen audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, 6 speakers and media ripping/storage capability
AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
Front and rear power windows with 
Height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats
One-touch up/down driver’s power window
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Trip computer
Premium steering wheel, gear knob and door centre trim
LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors
LED front positioning lamps
60:40 split folding rear seats
Manual air-conditioning with rear centre console cooling ducts

Sonata Elite
MY17 Upgrade Features:
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
17-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 Continental Conti Premium Contact™ 5 tyres
Rain-sensing wipers
Heated front seats
Front park assist
Electronic Parking-Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold function
Panoramic glass sunroof (optional)

Existing Features (above Active):
2.0 Turbo GDi engine (180kW @ 6,000rpm and 320Nm @ 1,400-4,000rpm)
Electric folding external mirrors
Electrically adjusted driver’s seat (12-way incl. lumbar)
8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with 3 yrs. HERE MapCareTM 
Proximity smart key with pushbutton start
Smart boot lid (hands-free boot opening)
Leather-appointed seats
Alloy-look interior doorhandles and chrome exterior doorhandles 
Carbon fibre-effect dashboard/door inserts
Stainless steel door scuff plates
LED tail-lights with bulb turn signal and reverse lights
Dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning

Sonata Premium
MY17 Upgrade Features:
18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin 235/45R18 tyres
Blind Spot Detection
Lane Departure Warning System
Lane Change Assist
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Smart (radar) Cruise Control

Existing Features (above Elite):
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bi-Xenon headlights with washer system, auto-levelling, and static bending lights
Automatic windscreen defog function
Electro-chromatic auto-dimming interior mirror (ECM)
Electrically adjusted front passenger’s seat (8-way)
Heated external mirrors
Air-ventilated front seats
Integrated Memory System (IMS) on driver’s seat and external mirrors
One-touch window up/down function on front windows
Panoramic glass sunroof
Rear door curtains (manual type)
4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display in Supervision cluster 
*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.







2.4L GDi Petrol

6 Speed Automatic




2.0L Turbo GDi Petrol

6 Speed Automatic




*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Option Pricing:
Metallic / Mica paint: $495
Beige Interior Trim (Elite & Premium): $295
Panoramic Glass Sunroof (Elite only): $2,000

Find out more about the Sonata range.