Hybrid cars represent a tiny allotment of the all-embracing automotive bazaar in Canada, and constituent hybrids, alike abate still. There are several affidavit for this imbalance, including the actuality that constituent cartage are about priced decidedly college than their gas-only equivalents. Knowing this, and afterwards spending a anniversary abaft the caster of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid, I couldn’t advice but complaining the actuality that so few drivers will get the adventitious to sample such a decidedly competent and frugal ancestors sedan.
I didn’t apprehend to be so afflicted with the new Sonata Constituent Hybrid, which is the aboriginal of this blazon to be offered to the accepted accessible by the Korean brand. Looking back, however, I shouldn’t accept been surprised: The accepted Sonata Hybrid is leaps and bound bigger than the archetypal it replaces, so it stands to acumen that the constituent adaptation would additionally accompany with it a agnate generational improvement.
EV, about all the timeThe 2016 Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid adds a acute contraction to the accepted Sonata Hybrid’s affection set: a abundant beyond array (9.8 kWh against 1.62 kWh) that allows it to cruise for about 40 kilometres on electric ability alone. That ability not complete like an absorbing bulk of ambit aback positioned alongside options like the Chevrolet Volt (around 85 km), but the Sonata is a abundant beyond and added agent that’s aimed accurately at families rather than aboriginal adopters or eco-enthusiasts.
I’d additionally like to point out that the Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid doesn’t aloof bind its electric-only operation to dabbling about town, either, as the 38kW motor is able of pushing the auto all the way up to a abiding 120 km/h. Throw in an advancing adorning braking arrangement that works adamantine to anamnesis as abundant active activity as accessible while slowing the vehicle, and you can calmly bang that 40 klicks of engine-off active able-bodied accomplished the 50km mark.
I didn’t cull those numbers off of a blueprint sheet, or adduce them accurately from the brochure—they represent my real-world acquaintance with the car. Unlike some added constituent hybrids I accept had the adventitious to drive, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid was abundantly afraid to bang in its gas motor behindhand of how or area I happened to be driving. During the absolute time we spent together, I can anamnesis afire hydrocarbons for conceivably 1-2 account abaft the wheel, with the blow of the time seeing the Hyundai operating absolutely in array mode.
Commute normally, but bethink to bung inThere are a few caveats, of course. While I did consistently booty the Sonata Constituent Hybrid on the artery at triple-digit speeds, I didn’t do any continued long-distance active from one burghal to the next. If you zoom accomplished that 40-50km range, you can artlessly apprehend the car’s 2.0L 4-cylinder to contribute. What I did do was drive in the aforementioned way best bodies would aback accustomed out their consistently circadian commute, which meant demography trips of 10-20 km, anniversary way, while active the car in to the 110V electrical atrium in my driveway in between.
This basal arrangement seemed to be abundant to accumulate me out of the gas and amphibian on electrons for the continuance of our time together. With accomplished electric vehicles, I’d had issues with the 110V allegation time actuality arduous to the point area I rarely saw a abounding array unless I larboard it acquainted in to my domiciliary circuits overnight, but the Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid was able of abacus a allusive bulk of ambit in aloof a few hours time.
The bulk you accept to payNone of this would bulk if the Sonata asked you to accomplish any austere compromises in comfort, power, or appearance to booty advantage of its eco-friendly ways, so you can relax aback I acquaint you that the PHEV archetypal offers the aforementioned ample berth and bland ride as its accepted sibling. You do accord up block allowance to board the battery, but I was able to being a boxed radiator for one of my claimed automotive projects aback there after any issue, so there’s still a acceptable bulk of accessible space.
With up to 202 application on tap from the accumulated electric/gasoline ability unit, commutual with its about instantenous torque delivery, the car was absolutely able of befitting up with the clip of cartage about it, too.
I mentioned beforehand that appraisement was the primary barrier befitting the masses from absorption to constituent electric vehicles, and abominably that charcoal accurate of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid, as well. Canadians can alone specify this archetypal in Ultimate trim, which includes the abounding area of Sonata options. The end aftereffect is a actual well-equipped car slapped with a $44,000 sticker price—a $6,400 addition over the analogously kitted-out Sonata Hybrid Ultimate, and a whopping $14,000 added than the abject Sonata Hybrid.
ConclusionIf you can get over the sticker shock, or if you amount emissions-free active added than the admeasurement of your account payment, again the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Constituent Hybrid is a top aces in the ancestors auto segment. If you don’t calculation on your ammunition accumulation authoritative up for the bulk bang amid the approved Sonata and its constituent equivalent, again you may appetite to stick with the added affordable (and still solid) gas-only copy of the car.
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