Hyundai Sonata N-Line 2022 Review

We drive the Sonata N Line on a road test review

Sonata N-Line – Mid-sized sedans are becoming less popular as the SUV revolution continues. However there are a number of good vehicles in that range, none more than the Hyundai Sonata.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line front qtrRelaunched in mid-2021, the Sonata comes in one well equipped model only, the N-Line version.

The styling is almost coupe like with sleek profile, sloping bonnet and wide, low stance that is enhanced by the stylish 19 inch alloy wheels and 245/45 sports tyres.


Inside its all comfort with heated and ventilated, power-adjustable front seats, heated outboard rear seats, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, wireless smartphone charging and a panoramic glass sunroof.

The large central screen houses a Surround View Monitor, smart phone connectivity and Bose Premium Audio.

Rear seats are adequate and boot space good but as with many sedans the opening is a little tight.

Powered by a 213kW/422Nm 2.5-litre turbo-four and driving the front wheels (with a launch function) through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, there’s plenty of power on tap and peak torque comes in at just 1650 rpm.  I particularly like the push button transmission and the three driving mode functionality.

Priced from around $51,500 plus the usual costs its especially good value and is for buyers that want style and purpose for their daily drive.

In a world where everything is heading towards Utes or SUVs, cars like the Sonata N-Line are extremely important. Sedans need to offer something extra to appeal. Sonata N-Line offer that something extra. As much as I love my 4WDs and some SUVs, the world would be very boring indeed if sedans, wagons, coupes and liftbacks disappeared.

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Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line features

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Sleek styling
  • Packed with features
  • Sporty driving

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Hyundai Sonata N-Line 

Model Price$52,065 *MLP
Engine2.5L 4 Cylinder Petrol Turbo
DrivetrainFWD 8 Speed DCT
Power213 kW @ 5,800rpm
Torque422Nm @ 1650-4000rpm
Fuel Economy ADR / Tank L8.1L/100K – 10.5L/100K on test / 60L
0-100kmh / Top speed6.2 secs Est. / TBC
CO2 Emissions188g/km
Battery AH/ Volts / RangeN/A
ServicingCapped Price –  12 months/15,000km
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges).

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose8
Design / Style9
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money9

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Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line profile

Sonata N-Line Exterior

First impressions is the coupe like design is stylish and sleek.

The grille extends between distinctive LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs, while an exclusive N Line bumper design completes a sporty visage.

A profile view highlights a low roofline and shallow glass to give a sleek, coupe-like image, while character lines and striking 19-inch alloy wheels convey a confident road presence.

At the rear, LED taillights are tied by a LED strip to create a sense of width as well as a striking night-time impression, with twin tailpipes integrated into each side of a diffuser-style lower treatment.

Four paint colours are offered for Sonata:

  • White Cream – Mica (standard colour)
  • Hampton Grey – Metallic (cost option)
  • Flame Red – Metallic (cost option)
  • Midnight Black – Mica (cost option)

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Sonata N-Line Interior

First impressions is luxury and functionality.

Spanning the width of the cabin is a slim dashboard with a standout 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT-LCD digital instrument cluster and clear HUD.

Seats are a Black Nappa leather and Suede upholstery with the expected electronic adjustments. Comfortable and class.

Minimalism is at play in the centre console design featuring shift-by-wire gear selection buttons that brings convenience as well as space.

Central stack area is dominated by a 10.25-inch touch screen.

Rear seats are particularly comfortable and reasonably roomy.

Boot space is adequate but a tight opening will restrict what can be loaded. I don’t understand why manufacturers simply don’t adopt the liftback design.

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Sonata N-Line Features 

  • Head-Up Display (HUD),
  • 10.25-inch satellite navigation system,
  • Smartphone connectivity (via Apple CarPlayTM or Android AutoTM),
  • Bose Premium Sound System with CenterPoint,
  • Electrically adjusted driver’s and passenger’s seats,
  • Heated and ventilated front seats & heated rear seats,
  • Power sunroof,
  • Wireless smartphone charging,
  • Personalised driver profiles,
  • Climate control air conditioning with Smart temperature comfort control system,
  • Bose premium audio system,
  • Power rear windshield curtain with manual rear window blinds,
  • Electronic Heated folding mirrors,
  • Electro chromatic rear view mirror and
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

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Sonata N-Line engine and drivetrain

Powered by an all-new Smartstream Petrol 2.5-litre Turbo GDi engine that produces 213kW and 422Nm. This drives the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) arrangement. Comes with launch control and N Power shift.

The transmission is better than many DCTs but still a little jerky at times especially around town.

The DCT features a rev-matching function for downshifts, and will select the suitable shifting pattern depending on the driving mode, providing an enhanced sense of acceleration in the sports modes.

A Drive Mode system provides a choice of normal, sport, sport+ and custom modes according to the driver’s tastes and the road conditions.

Selection of each brings mode-specific graphics for the instrument cluster, which also offers a central performance gauge in the sport modes, which allows the monitoring of vitals such as engine oil temperature, torque and turbo boost pressure.

Sonata benefits from extensive localised tuning for the suspension. Its a little firm and there is some road feedback from the tyres but overall its sporty more than comfortable.

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line wireless charger

Sonata N-Line Safety

No ANCAP rating but there is an abundance of safety features. It benefits from the advanced SmartSenseTM technologies.

  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA),
  • High Beam Assist (HBA),
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA),
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW),
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) System,
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA),
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA),
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA- Car/Pedestrian/ Cyclist),
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist-Junction Turning (FCA-JX),
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go,

Other safety features include

  • Six air bags,
  • Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM),
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM) w/ Rear View Monitor and Parking Guidance,
  • Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA),
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold

Hyundai Sonata i30 N Line rear seats

Hyundai iCare

Hyundai iCare customer care program offers a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including;

  • Lifetime Service Plan,
  • 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty,
  • complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles,
  • 1,500km complimentary first service,
  • a dedicated Customer Care Centre, and
  • myHyundai – an exclusive owner website.
  • When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years, a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan, and more.
  • 8.3/10
    Overall Rating - 8.3/10


Sonata N-Line – Mid-sized sedans are becoming less popular as the SUV revolution continues.
Relaunched in mid-2021, the Sonata comes in one well equipped model only, the N-Line version.

Priced from around $51,500 plus the usual costs its especially good value and is for buyers that want style and purpose for their daily drive.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.