With Indian auto market displaying some phenomenal growth in the last couple of years, every car segment here is experiencing intense fight among renowned car makers and the premium sedan segment is also not untouched by this glory. Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Superb, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Cruze have all been successfully enjoying the Indian roads. The perplexity over opting any of these cars is a little tricky affair and to ease the pressure on the choices, today we will compare the South Korean, Hyundai New Sonata vs Chevrolet Cruze on the basis of exteriors, interiors, engine, features, mileage and price.
The awesome exteriors of new Sonata are inspired from the Orchid flower design. Lot of fluidic concept is imparted in the new Hyundai Sonata taking its appeal to new heights with purposeful smooth lines and curves flowing all over its outfit. Large cat eye shaped aggressive HID headlamps along with LED rear combination lamp extended into the sides of the vehicle enchanting the new Sonata with exhilarating exteriors. Alloys of 17 inch have awesome 5-dual spoke design presenting the premium car with stunning stance.
The dynamic sedan with decisive and distinct looks is a head turner and shows its presence on the road. The sharp stretched headlamps with clear lenses boost the ‘rearing to go’ attitude of the car. The bold front grille with the trusted symbol of Chevrolet along with elegant fog lamps at the front enhances the overall appeal of the Cruze. The body colored bumpers and side mirrors add to the beauty of the sedan. The puncture resistant 16 inch alloy wheels present the car with bold appearance.
Interiors of the new Hyundai Sonata are equally graceful as its exteriors. Simplicity is put to use in an artistic fashion which comes up with something grand. Stylish X-shaped center fascia along with convenient placing of central console with high gloss film doubles the charm of driving this fantasy. Hi visibility supervision cluster in pleasing Vacuum Fluorescent Display keeps you updated about the proceedings.
The all new Chevrolet Cruze is much wider and longer than its sedan counterparts. When you step in, the leather covered upholstery greets you and then comfortable seats are ready to assist you in seating. Finely tuned interior is well equipped with new gadgets and dual toned dashboard. The tilt steering wheel gives the driver that extra comfort while driving apart from having audio controls and cruise control on it.
Engine, Specifications & Performance:-
Under stylish bonnet of Hyundai Sonata lies a 2359 cc D-VTVT diesel engine which is capable of churning out maximum power of 201 Ps at 6,300 rpm along with generating peak torque of 25.5 kgm at 4,250 rpm. The engine is mated to either 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The premium Hyundai vehicle covers the 0-100 kmph slot in just 12 seconds with a top speed of 210 kmph.
The all new Chevrolet Cruze 2011 is bestowed with 1991cc diesel engine 4-cylinder variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection which is the same as in Chevrolet Captiva. This powerful engine delivers maximum power of 150 bhp at 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 320 Nm at 2000 rpm. The scintillating sedan is available in both manual and automatic transmission options. The charismatic Cruze 2011 can reach 100 kmph in just 9.37 seconds.
Hyundai Sonata 2012 is fully loaded with features like 10-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, rear seat ventilation, dual zone fully automatic temperature control, cool glove box, trip computer, smart key with push button start, rear armrest with in-built audio remote control and power outlet and alternator management system (AMS). Also, 2-Din audio with MP3 player, USB, AUX in, iPod connectivity & 6 CD changer and 6-speaker system with amplifier and woofer.
The compact Cruze has got unmatchable comfort with split 60:40 option to make way for that extra luggage along with good amount of convenient features. These include AC with climate control, rear parking sensors, electro-chromatic rear view mirror, mood sensing interior lights, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, centre armrest with storage, illuminated glove box, all powered windows with one touch operation, sun roof and the list goes on.
The all new Hyundai Sonata 2012 delivers an impressive overall mileage of 13.5 kmpl while Chevrolet Cruze offers fuel economy of 13.6 kmpl on city roads and 17.2 kmpl on highways.
New Hyundai Sonata is tagged in the price range of Rs 18.52 lakh – Rs 20.61 lakh (Ex- showroom New Delhi) whereas Chevy Cruze is tagged in the price bracket of Rs 12.51 lakh to Rs 15.03 lakh (Ex-showroom Mumbai).