The new 2015 Sonata Eco gives a different angle to Hyundai's midsize sedan arguments, with the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a smaller, 1.6-litre turbocharged gasoline engine delivering both, an expected combined fuel consumption of 32 U.S. mpg, equivalent to 7.35 litres per 100 km, 38.43 UK mpg or 13.6 kms per litre.
Prices of this new Sonata Eco will start from US$23,275 (MSRP, excluding $810 freight charge), up to US$27,375 with the Technology Package.
With its four-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged gasoline (petrol) Gamma engine, generating an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque (264 Nm, 27 Kg-m), Hyundai promises that the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will help deliver an estimated 28 mpg in city driving (8.4 litres per 100 km, 33.6 UK mpg, 11.9 kms / litre) and 38 mpg highway (6.2 litres / 100 km, 45.6 UK mpg, 16.16 kms / litre).
In equipment terms, the 2015 Sonata Eco adds to the standard equipment of a Sonata SE (the Eco version is US$2,125 dearer than the SE), a chrome grille, side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, automatic headlights, a 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, stitching on the instrument cluster hood, chrome interior door handles, a 5-inch color touchscreen audio, a rearview backup camera and Blue Link telematics system.
The Technology Package (US$4,100) adds to the Sonata Eco equipment:
• Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink and compass;
• leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, dual automatic temperature control, proximity key entry with push-button start, hands-free trunk auto open, chrome exterior door handles with welcome light, sequential electric front passenger window (the driver's is sequential in all versions);