2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4 from Australia and New Zealand


Great value commuter with mediocre dynamics


Nothing. Not even a rattle inside.

General Comments:

This was an unplanned purchase to quickly replace a falling apart euro car. Definitely not a car that I sought out to buy.


- Ultra reliable, outstanding build quality.

- Economical open road for a large car.

- Great air con.

- Huge boot.

- Very refined and quiet cruiser.

- Great safety features/ratings.


- Terrible artificial steering feel.

- Stodgy handling, truly dire body control.

- Awful seats. Sit too high, poor lumbar and lateral support.

This is a paradoxical car. Impeccable build quality, great features and ultra low running cost, but uncomfortable seating and woeful handling make it tiring to drive long distance on demanding NZ roads. It was such good condition and such a bargain price I can forgive it for its shortcomings as a daily commuter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2018

2008 Hyundai Sonata GLX 2.6 4 cylinder from North America


Could be much better


Grab handles in ceiling have all come out and had to be replaced.

Rear brakes needed replaced at 45,000 miles.

AC compressor seized at 60,000 miles.

Serpentine belt wore out at 50,000 miles.

Belt tensioner needed replacement at 65,000 miles.

Transmission has slipped off and on since we bought it. Now it sticks in 2nd or third when pulling out of intersections, which makes the motor lug and have no power.

Engine rattles and shakes with all sorts of noise at idle when the AC is on, and has no power.

Engine will not accelerate for up to 15 seconds when the outside temp is over 90F from a stop.

Door weatherstrips worn through before 50,000 miles.

Sun visor decided not to stay up after 70k miles.

General Comments:

Overall, the car is fairly quiet and impressive for a four cylinder, but we've had lots of problems with it, and the dealer tells us there's nothing wrong.

The mileage is not really better than the Regal's 3100 V6.

The car handles funny over hills and curves.

The brakes are easy to change, however the dealer tried to tell us nothing was wrong when the inboard rear pads were down to the rivets.

The hard steering wheel hurts our hands, and on a long drive, your backside is going to be very sore due to the hard seats.

The car has otherwise been good, and roomy, and I'm wondering just how much of the troubles we have is due to the dealership and not the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th November, 2011

2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4 cylinder from North America


Very well built


One of the tire pressure sensors was not reading correctly.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned. Most comfortable, best mpg, most reliable, least cost to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2010

2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L from North America


Not perfect, for sure

General Comments:

The good:

We like the size and looks of the Sonata. It is classy outside and comfortable inside. The 4 cylinder has a lot of spunk. We haven't owned it long enough to judge quality, but it's nice to have the warranty, just in case.

The bad:

The accelerator pedal has about a half-inch of travel before the engine starts to rev. This makes it very difficult to leave a light smoothly. Once you manage to ease off the light, the shift to second is hesitant, making it feel like it's beginning to stall. Oh, how I wish I still had the smooth pulling power of the old Regal back.

I would like to have a face-to-face with the individuals that decided to put 60 series tires on a family sedan. What a huge mistake. Driving on a rutted metropolitan freeway is a two-fisted affair, unless you want to swerve into your neighbor. The whole idea of performance tires with their short lifespan, more drag, and higher replacement cost thwarts the practical aspects of the base model sedan.

We are also disappointed in the mileage. We assumed downsizing would gain us economy. Our V6 Buick did better, and was much more comfortable to drive, even with 160k on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th February, 2010