FROM $115,999 ON THE ROAD
Towkays who still prefer mid-size saloons to big SUVs may want to check out this updated model. The Sonata gets a sharper exterior and better features such as LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging and ventilated front seats. Hyundai claims to have improved overall refinement, too, thanks to the revised suspension. Left untouched, however, is the car’s performance, as the 150hp 2-litre engine has been carried over unchanged.
RIVAL: TOYOTA CAMRY
$158,900 ON THE ROAD
This fastback offers practicality, luxury and performance in one neat package. Its key strengths include a roomy interior with 10-colour ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, and a ginormous 625-litre boot (rear seats up) that should easily accommodate golf bags and groceries simultaneously. Motivating this Czech flagship is a turbocharged 2-litre engine that delivers 217hp and 250Nm, and a century sprint time of 7 seconds.
RIVAL: OPEL INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT 1.5
$133,980 ON THE ROAD
Family men looking for an efficient seven-seater MPV now have this Japanese contender to consider. The Prius+ has a 1.8-litre petrol engine paired to an electric motor, but instead of nickel metal-hydride batteries, the car has a more powerful lithium-ion battery pack, which is neatly integrated under the centre console to maximise passenger space. With a combined fuel economy of 22.2km per litre and seven airbags, the Prius+ isn’t just eco-friendly; it’s pretty secure, too.
RIVAL: RENAULT GRAND SCENIC
$136,888 ON THE ROAD
This American SUV is aimed at motorists who want something brawny, surefooted and not too thirsty. Compared to its predecessor that has a naturally aspirated 2-litre engine and CVT, the new Compass has a turbocharged 1.4-litre and 9-speed automatic. Standard equipment includes Selec-Terrain 4x4 to tackle various surfaces, along with amenities such as park assist, blind spot monitor and numerous connectivity options, which include a 3-pin power point for backseat occupants.
RIVAL: VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 1.4
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