• Apr 27, 2009
2011 Hyundai Sonata Interior: Click above to enlarge

We've already seen the exterior pics of the next Hyundai Sonata, and though the mule was well disguised, it had attractive proportions. What those images didn't reveal was the new Sonata's cabin, but a new spy shot shows a nearly production-ready interior.

The first thing that caught our eye in the Sonata interior is the dual cockpit design, giving the driver and front passenger their own living quarters. There also appears to be a smattering of high quality materials, which makes sense given the highly competitive nature of the mid-size segment. Though the steering wheel is partially blocking the center stack, it appears that Hyundai is taking a page out of the Volvo playbook by using similar HVAC controls. Volvo uses the silhouette of a seated occupant in button form, making it easy to choose hot or cold air to the floor, dash, or windshield. The new Sonata steering wheel looks positively hideous in the spy photo, but we're guessing that it's unfinished and won't look this unpolished in production form.

The Hyundai Sonata may still be a way from production, but the increased amount of spy photos surfacing tells us that this Hyundai is rapidly approaching its debut. At any rate, the Sonata is looking more impressive with each pic, and the final product looks like a lock to be a vast improvement over an already decent mid-size sedan.



[Source: Hyundai Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It least the interior isn't a copy of either the Camry or Accord where the buyers of those cars will buy them simply because they are Toyotas or Hondas. This is more like a copy of the Malibu, which has rather nice classy interior. A nice-looking interor's aim is for conquest sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good looking but nothing special. I personally prefer Ford Fusion interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an owner of an '06 NF, I think the '09 interior is fabulous and I'd trade mine in on one now except I don't like the '09 version of the front nose. Someday I'll get an 09 and stick an 06 front on it and be a happy man.

      But THIS interior? No way. It looks cheap and silly and reminds me of something Chrysler might do with a black plasticky Tupperware interior.

      Totally agree on the comments about the squished back seat. The Sonata is the flagship family sedan. It needs to be able to seat four comfortably with lots of room in the back, and seat five on occasion. The NF version does this nicely. The YF version with it's sleeker styling maybe look stylish but it also runs a rish of making the car famly-unfriendly and takes the Sonata out of the fight with the CamCords. Maybe that's the point though: maybe that fight is just too hard and Hyundai is trying for something else now. Dunno what.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay people, this is a pre-production model. Meaning the final trims on the dash, steering wheel, HVAC and others are not final. Its a test mule for the strict purpose of testing the main components of the car, engine, transmission, susspension, chassis etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bcoz its a hyundai,everyhtng looks badfeel bad...u see,when people tlk bout those cheapo plsticky dah,did honda better?i dont think so,my dad dorve brand new civic,n its terrible,just a few good part of the dash use quality material(where people touched most)others,just rubbish...n talk bout design.between the door n dah,theres a huuuugeeeee gap betwwen it,n i can even put my finger through it..is dat quality??dat people really love to talk so much bout honda n look down on hyundai?most people said bad things bout hyundai bcoz its just a hyundai,n most,they never even ride on it..com'on..btw my dad,hes own elantra b4 bought this Civic..n feels quiter,n smoother..not like this bumpy ride,vibrating civic
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like every other car in its class, cheap plasticky interior
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plastics aren't bad. However why people bitch along w/ myself is because the plastics that are on many automobile dashes are the same grade plastics of your garbage can in your front yard. 35,000 dollars for a car should get you soft touch materials. Modern man materials have come a long way since even the 80's, so to still have plastic dashes like then is just distasteful. Everything doesn't have to be covered in leather, however many buyers don't WANT to feel like the companies cut corners for that extra penny (cough cough GM.....) Also, another factor is people are noticing how terrible a 10 year old car looks that has a plastic dash. Softer more flexible materials usually don't rip and hide the wear and tear better than plastics, which over time warp with heat, crack, or fall off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People think plastic is bad. You have no idea how much improvement in life plastics have contributed to society.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it a lot. How is this a step backwards? It's clearly an update of the current Sonata interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the source of photo is something wrong. My blog posted YF Sonata's spyshots in upper post. Specillay Spyshot on the road, these photo was pictured in korea around Hyundai Headquarter Building.

      If you want to see more clear photos and interesting story of Spyshot,
      try to visit my blog. I posted YF Sonata chase-spied short video!

      My blog domain is www.hyundaibuzz.com
      I hope this blog means 'all about hyundai'

      You know Hyundai is Korea company.
      I live in seoul. So I can give you fresh, more, better, valuable information and news, spyshot so on.

      My english is some broken. please understand. I try to write english very hard^^:
      If you interested hyundai/kia/korean auto market and technology, enjoy my blog!

      Thank you!
      ryan@hyundaibuzz.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks great, but hopefully the plastics are soft enough my fingers wouldn't be sliced off
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really dislike the gated shifter. Why can't they get the clue, like Acura did, and just put an automatic shifter that goes straight back (with paddle shifters for the manual part)??????
        • 5 Years Ago
        Having soft plastics in a car interior is very important to customers because automotive magazines can't stop talking about how important they are to have... because you constantly have your hands on your dashboard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has great potential. Hope they nail this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Given how far Hyundai has come in a short period of time in design, quality and performance, there are still two areas for improvement.

      First, it's steering wheels. Still look like something from a 70's Datsun.

      Second, the logo. It just looks cheap, dated and uninspiring. Now that Pontiac is toast, maybe a variation of their arrow?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @flamespoke:

        Yes, it's the el-cheapo shiny black vinyl that does it. I think the Camry has an awful steering wheel as well, but they cover it in pleasant materials. Nice materials can take a dreadful steering wheel at least up to "bad," which is right about where I'd put the Camry's steering wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you take a close look at that steering wheel. It resembles the Toyota Camry's wheel. Now do you still think it looks dated?

        http://image.automobilemag.com/f/auto_shows/naias_2006/6672559/0601_naias_069+2007_toyota_camry_xle+front_interior_view.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first point was exactly what I came to say. I think they could very easily improve the image of their interiors simply by redesigning their steering wheels. It reminds me of those goofy steering wheels car companies were building when airbags were still a new feature.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @rhawb

        Its a pre-production steering wheel. Why put effort into making the steering wheel look nice when after testing the car it will go into the junkyard? ITs a waste of money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the size of the second cup-holder. This is embarrassing. Only in America do we need a cup-holder that humongous...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dash layout is almost identical to the Chevy Malibu's, but it looks nice anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinkin' the same thing. It just one color in the Sonata though.
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