2002 Hyundai Sonata CDX 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Great value and reliable
Gearbox oil cooler pipe had rusted through and needed replacing, as the transmission fluid was leaking.
Radio antenna needed replacing, as it was not extracting fully.
This car is a used gem. Very cheap for what you get. People think it looks like a Jag.
Engine and gearbox are based on Japanese engineering from Mitsubishi, so the basics are sound. Also the 2.0 litre is easy to work on with good access; cam belt change cost £50 for example. Spark plugs are easy to change. Oil filter requires the driver's side wheel to come off, but other than that, it is straightforward as well. Any mechanic should feel comfortable working on this car, as it is all standard design, and nothing 'clever'.
Handling is OK, but it designed for the American market, so is not up to European standards of cornering at speed.
Fuel economy of the 2.0 is standard for this year and size of engine - 23 mpg in town, and 35 on the motorway.
The car is in its element on the motorway, being quiet at 70 mph, and the seats being large and comfortable. I recently completed a 7 hour journey, with no major discomfort felt.
The boot is large and held clothes, toys etc for the 2 kids and adults with no trouble.
The interior is its weak point, being cheap looking for the European market. However, it is still large, spacious, with all round electric windows, aircon and a drink cup holders for all 4 occupants. Good storage as well for bits and pieces whilst inside. I find that people like being driven around in it, as it is so 'nice' inside.
The auto gearbox is good, seems to find the right gears most of the time, and you can use the manual override when going up or down very steep hills.
Car tax has gone up to £245, as the government wants to encourage drivers to use smaller cars.
Group 10 insurance - standard for this type of car.
Obviously, it is a Hyundai, so people will not rate it. But you can quietly count all the money you have saved whilst driving around in a very comfortable, quiet and capable car. Then other peoples opinions on what badge you have seem somewhat irrelevant.
Highly recommended as a budget secondhand buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th August, 2010
11th Jun 2011, 19:11
I would just like to say that I agree completely with this review. I have owned my Sonata 2 Litre CDX Auto for 7 years, and in that time, all that has broken has been a couple of engine sensors and a side light bulb.
With reference to the comment that the interior looks cheap, all I can say is that it has stood up to 7 years of ownership very well indeed, and it looks as good today as it did when I bought the car with 22000 on the clock.
Some may smile, but the one thing that keeps me scratching my head is that my car is still on the factory exhaust system that it had from new??? To my mind this is nothing short of amazing, considering the penchant of the British authorities for scattering liberal amounts of salt on our roads every winter. In the same context, I would add that the bodywork / paint work looks as good as the day I bought it too.
In conclusion, I would just like to add that if you are in the market for a comfortable and spacious family car, that is a relaxing drive, that feels well planted on the road, and is capable of a bit of press on driving if required, at very sensible money, give a Hyundai Sonata some serious consideration.