2023 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review

By Alexi Falson on 27 Oct 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Fantastic powertrain and transmission
  • Long entertainment & safety equipment lists
  • Charming looks and personality
  • Lack of ANCAP safety rating
  • Firm suspension package
  • Panoramic sunroof eats into rear headroom
    • 60L
    • 188
    • 5800 / 1650
    • Unrated
    • Automatic
With manufacturers continuing to move away from the humble sedan, Hyundai’s Sonata N Line remains perfectly positioned to capitalise and serve loyal fans of the sedan body shape.

Offered here in Australia in a single variant, the Hyundai Sonata N Line comes packing a hefty punch from its turbocharged engine, a healthy equipment list and more than enough space to win over midsize SUV buyers in terms of space and practicality.

Just how well does the Hyundai Sonata handle Australian roads, then, and does it justify its price tag? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Hyundai Sonata N Line Competition

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Mazda 6
Skoda Octavia
Toyota Camry
Honda Accord
Volkswagen Passat

Starting Price: $52,065

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How Much Does It Cost?

The Hyundai Sonata is offered here in Australia in a single variant, with the Sonata N Line automatic priced at $52,065.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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Hyundai Sonata (N LINE) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Series DN8.V2 MY23
Variant N LINE
Transmission 8 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTC
Drive FWD
Engine TGDi
Engine capacity 2497
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 5800 / 1650
Cylinders T4
Torque 422
KW 213
Fuel tank size 60.0
Fuel usage specs 8.1 / 0
CO2 188
ANCAP security rating Unrated

What Features Does the Hyundai Sonata N Line Have?

The Hyundai Sonata N Line comes riding on a set of 19-inch alloys and receives LED head & tail lights with LED daytime running lamps, keyless entry & start, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a surround-view camera, Nappa leather & suede upholstery, heated & ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof.

On the tech front, the Sonata N Line comes packing a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with DAB+, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.

2023 hyundai sonata n line interior

Range Features:

  • 19-inch alloys

  • LED head and tail lights

  • LED daytime running lamps 

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • Surround-view monitor with front & rear parking sensors 

  • Nappa leather & suede upholstery

  • Heated & ventilated front seats, heated rear seats

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 

  • 12-speaker Bose sound system

Is the Hyundai Sonata N Line Comfortable to Drive?

The Hyundai Sonata N Line is a fabulous package to drive, confidently tackling anything you can throw at it from a quiet commute through town to a spirited drive up a remote stretch of curves.

Power comes supplied by a spirited 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing a generous 213kW of power and 422Nm of torque, which is thrown to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

That’s a heap of power for the front wheels to handle, though Hyundai’s wizardry with FWD systems means that the Sonata N Line doesn’t feel overwhelming while putting down the power, even while lacking the trick limited-slip differential of the i30 N.

2023 hyundai sonata n line rear wheels

The shifts are super fast thanks to the DCT unit, with the Sonata happy to change directions impressively fast for a sedan of its size.

As a result, the Sonata N-Line feels approachable for all levels of drivers, and is a barrel of fun when opening the throttle, though the ride quality does suffer on some of Australia’s rougher roads.

When you’re simply cruising around town, the Sonata feels far more refined, with the suspension system preferring relatively smooth surfaces and rewarding occupants with smooth ride quality that borders on the firm side, but remains accommodating.

2023 hyundai sonata n line rear

It retains all the user-friendly hallmarks of a Hyundai around town, too, making it easy to park thanks to the lightweight steering rack and resulting in a super versatile and impressive midsize sedan for all types of Australian buyers.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Hyundai’s 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder returns combined cycle fuel economy figures of 8.1L/100km, making it one of the thirstier members of the midsize sedan segment, though not by much.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Hyundai has become one of the best in the business when it comes to clever interior packaging, and with the more expensive Sonata N Line, the company has also flexed some of its more premium design touches, too.

The end result is a super practical and comfortable cabin that comes remarkably well-equipped for the money, perfect for a growing family looking for an endless list of creature comforts.

Up front, the Sonata N Line’s cabin looks very familiar, though it picks up a more lavish mix of Nappa leather and suede upholstery across the seats, a unique steering wheel design and a pair of digital screens.

2023 hyundai sonata n line seats

The seats are exceptionally comfortable and fully-adjustable, likewise for the steering wheel, with a heap of headroom on offer to accommodate tall drivers and front passengers.

The Sonata’s centre console is beefy, accommodating a pair of cup holders, a decent amount of storage at the base of the dash, large door bins on either side of the cabin and some more storage under the armrest.

Move to the rear of the cabin and things remain spacious, with the Sonata offering more than enough legroom for tall adults, though the panoramic sunroof has eaten up into the headroom potential.

2023 hyundai sonata n line rear seats

The second row picks up ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts, with the Sonata N Line’s boot measuring in at a healthy 510L, resulting in midsize SUV-rivalling space and practicality.

2023 hyundai sonata n line boot

Is it Safe?

Hyundai is yet to get the Sonata N Line tested by ANCAP, but offers a comprehensive range of active safety equipment as standard to help sweeten the deal for Australian buyers.

The Sonata N Line picks up everything from AEB braking with pedestrian, junction and cyclist assistance, to blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keep assistance, lane-departure alerts, adaptive cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, safe exit assist and driver attention monitoring.

Our Verdict: Is The Hyundai Sonata Worth it?

While the sun might be setting on the glory days of the sedan, the Hyundai Sonata is a fantastic package for Australian buyers looking for a fast, versatile and super well-equipped sedan.

The engine is fantastic, the equipment lists are lengthy and Hyundai’s interior layout gives the Sonata SUV-rivalling space and practicality for buyers in the market for a far more engaging package to drive.

If you’re looking for a new car, be sure to get in contact with one of our car buying specialists who can help find your dream car at the best possible price.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  2. 12-month/15,000km service intervals 

  3. 8.1L/100km combined cycle fuel economy figures 

  4. No official ANCAP safety rating 

  5. 510L boot space 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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