Another version of the best-selling Hyundai Sonata is launched in Israel

The car market in Israel is in the midst of a surge in prices – expected, it must be said, following the crisis of chips, rubber, transportation and other ailments brought on us by the Corona. After a whole year of new cars being late or not coming at all, the second-hand car market “exploded” for the better, in favor of sellers who recognized the influx of Israelis after used cars and sold them shamelessly above and beyond the price list. And you can clearly see the “leftovers”, models that no one wants to buy.

Leasing companies and importers are celebrating. In fact, everyone who has a car to sell today – celebrates. The rise in the prices of new vehicles, more than a hundred different models whose prices have skyrocketed by thousands to tens of thousands of shekels, is a sign that something bad is happening to the industry. This coming January will see the traditional annual price increase, which will also apply to plug-in hybrid vehicles and hybrids. The color of the green tax fades.

A year ago, Hyundai’s well-known and popular executive car, Sonata, was launched in a new version, with a hybrid propulsion system (combining a petrol engine with an electric motor), a six-speed automatic transmission, 192 hp and 16-17 km / h of fuel consumption. The price started at NIS 181,900 for the basic level of equipment. In addition to the hybrid propulsion, the model has outstanding advantages in safety, equipment, noise insulation and ride comfort. (Executive Vehicle Segment).

Shall we go back to the global crisis? What did we say? Anyone who has a vehicle to sell, sells. And another Hyundai, a Sonata model? Where do you sign? So here, Colmobil is making a smart move and is starting to market another version of its bestseller, the new fourth-generation Hyundai Sonata – with a “turbo” engine. A thousand shekels.

The difference between the versions is quite substantial: the grille in the front of the Sonata Turbo is different, designed in a more sporty way, as is the design of the alloy rims (rims). The black roof inside the vehicle, the BOSE’s attributed speakers that exist in the hybrid version, are not included in the specification, and of course the engine and gearbox here are different.

Hyundai Sonata Turbo (Photo: PR)

The Sonata Turbo has a 1.6-liter (1,600 cc) petrol engine, supercharged, T-GDI SmartStream, with a power of 180 hp, 27 kg between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm, and low pollutant emissions, which meets the Euro standard 6 aggravated. Thanks to this propulsion system, and reduction in vehicle weight, the Sonata Turbo accelerates from 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds (0.6 seconds less than in a hybrid), and is also capable of reaching a top speed of 210 km / h. The gearbox in the Sonata Turbo is a planetary automatic, with eight gears, which works well, and if you want to feel more in control of driving and shifting gears, you can shift gears manually, using the gear levers behind the wheel. Enjoy them, before they disappear or become levers of control over the level of regeneration in the electric vehicle you purchase later.

If anything is missing in the hybrid Sonata, which is a good executive car, it’s the dynamics, accelerations and accelerations that are fast and fun. The turbo version allows you to enjoy strong acceleration, especially if you choose the sporty driving mode. The engine response becomes sharp and sharp, and in other words really fun. Thanks to the Drive Mode system, for selecting driving modes, it must be said, it is really effective. If you choose an economical, economical driving mode, the fuel consumption figure will improve, and if you want to feel sporty responses, just click the right button. Miraculously I was able to reach a fuel consumption figure of 11 kilometers per liter, including non-moderate pressures on the gas. It’s beautiful, and it’s close to the manufacturer’s statement, which said the average consumption is 13.1 kilometers per liter.

The instrumentation in the Sonata, in both versions, is varied, innovative and advanced. Innovative, thanks to the super-essential safety system, BVM – which displays on the digital dashboard (size 12.25 inches), in front of the driver, the real-time traffic from the dead areas on the sides of the vehicle. It will be activated whenever it is signaled. The peripheral cameras in the car will show you a live image of the lane you want to take. Another innovation in the car you will get in the form of four peripheral cameras that provide a 360-degree view around the car, in favor of easier and more convenient parking, and there is also an option for automatic parking, like the Hyundai Ionic 5 – the car can move autonomously back and forth, and park itself. One last word about car safety systems, because there are many. Correction of lane departure is excellent, as with any new vehicle from the Hyundai concern I have driven in the last five years, since these advanced safety systems have been incorporated into all of our popular family cars, as standard.

The cabin is beautiful and elegant, as in the hybrid version, the interior space is impressive, and the noise insulation in the ride is very good, especially from the engine house and the wind noise insulation. There is a wireless charging surface for a mobile that works well, and comfortable seats, and a good suspension car, which soothes the bumps well on the way, and all I can think about is “when will this old-fashioned multimedia system be replaced with Hyundai models?”. Of the Sonata, which also the beautiful frame that wraps it, in a glossy black color, can not cover its simplicity.It has a small touch screen, size 8 inches, understandable and easy to operate, and with connectivity to Apple Car Play / Auto Android, but it is suitable for Hyundai i10 or i20. Absolutely not for this executive car.

Bottom line: It’s not clear if this was just the importer’s choice, or also the desire of the customers, but here, in the midst of both crisis and revolution, the electric vehicle revolution, no less, suddenly arrives a turbo version of a model that sells well in Israel. The engine in it is a gasoline engine, dynamic, like in the new Tucson, and the price, considering the prices of vehicles today, is quite attractive, a well-equipped and safe executive car, and in its dynamic version, at NIS 188,000.

News and events

The Audi division, from Champion Motors, has started marketing the new e tron ​​models, 100% electric models. One of them, an urban compact SUV, Audi Q4 e-tron, is equipped with an electric motor with a power of 150 kilowatts (204 hp), a maximum declared range of 521 kilometers (WLTP), and a battery with a capacity of 77 kWh. The Q4 e-tron will be offered in two vehicle versions, a classic and a sports back, starting at NIS 290,000. At the same Israeli launch, the electric flagships of the Audi brand, the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT, were unveiled. Gran Turismo vehicles are spectacularly designed and sporty-performance, with a dedicated electric platform. The e-tron has an engine capacity of 350 kilowatts (469 hp) at a price of NIS 765,000, and the RS e-tron GT has a power of 440 kilowatts (590 hp). And its price will start at NIS 1,165,000.

Audi e-tron GT (Photo: PR)Audi e-tron GT (Photo: PR)

The Seat division, also from Champion Motors, begins marketing the new Ibiza and Arona seat models (facelift). The two receive an exterior design update, a digital cabin and upgraded safety equipment. The Seat Ibiza will be offered in Israel with two engine versions, a 1.0-liter TSI automatic, in three trim levels and a 1.5-liter TSI engine version in the FR trim level, starting at NIS 96,900. Seat Arona will be offered with two engine versions: a 1.0-liter TSI version with 110 hp and two trim levels, Style and FR, and a 1.5-liter TSI version with 150 hp. Starting from NIS 116,900.

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