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2007 Hyundai Azera Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Hyundai Azera was new.

On balance, the Azera cabin is seen by most as upscale with good quality fit and finish. All trim levels can easily seat up to five occupants, "with true adult-size accommodations in back as well as up front," says USA Today.

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The Chicago Tribune notes that "you don't see screw heads and fasteners," inside the Azera. This sedan has an "opulent inside," adds Road and Track, "fitted with easy-to-understand controls and a handsome wood-or metal-trimmed dash that sweeps back neatly into the door panels." Seating is roomy and interior features are well designed and executed.

Seating

Consensus among test drivers was that the interior of the Azera is spacious and well-executed.

Edmunds calls the Azera interior "roomy enough to allow an L.A. Laker to ride in comfort." The roomy, comfortable and quiet interior, according to Forbes, is "well-equipped with the requisite convenience items." Writers from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution agree, calling the "roominess of the interior most remarkable," with a surprising amount of headroom and legroom. A vocal minority mentioned the overly high seating for the driver, which Edmunds claims is "awkward for taller drivers with long torsos."

Kelley Blue Book praises the Azera Limited's "plush leather seating surfaces and just the right aesthetic touches of wood trim." U.S News reviewer Rick Newman finds the rear seat "spacious-bigger in fact, than is ideal for kids." He also notes that with armrests housing cupholders, back-seat pockets and overhead lights, the rear seating is exceptionally kid-friendly.

Interior Features

Most test drivers found the Azera's interior instruments and tech features simple to use and elegantly styled. The Azera dash "sweeps gracefully across the car," writes New Car Test Drive, with "intuitively proportioned" gauges. The Washington Post finds the Azera interior "elegant and ergonomically sensible, a nice mixture of luxury and practicality highlighted by faux-wood accents and satin-finish metal pieces. The car has high eye appeal." A few auto reviewers disagreed, noting the dated look to the Azera interior. Car and Driver finds the interior gauges "econo-car like," and notes the "not-quite-terry-cloth-but-definitely-not-Alcantara seats." Newsday reviewers agree, finding the Azera "falls short only in aesthetics."

The Azera, like most every Hyundai sold in America, is fitted with abundant standard features. MSN calls the list "a boatload of standard equipment." Forbes agrees, noting that the standard equipment featured on the Azera really "covers all the bases." The Azera SE comes with dual front automatic temperature controls, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The Azera Limited comes with the SE interior features but adds luxury touches like a power rear sunshade, leather seats, wood trim, an electroluminescent instrument cluster, a woodgrain and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and woodgrain door pulls.

The most surprising standard feature on the Azera Limited is the power rear sunshade that helps keeps the Azera cabin cool with the touch of a button. The shade rises up to cover the rear window and automatically goes down when the car in is reverse, so as not to obstruct visibility. When the car moves forward, the power rear sunshade goes back up. Kelley Blue Book calls the power rear sunshade a "very interesting and thoughtful feature." CNET goes even further, stating that it "demonstrates Azera's attempt at luxury status", adding that it "is a luxury we've previously seen only in cars approaching the $100,000 mark."

Stereo and Entertainment

The optional Premium Infinity® sound system, offered on all models of the Azera, is a 10-speaker, 315-watt system with an in-dash, six-disc CD changer, delivering "full, rich sound throughout the cabin" according to CNET, who called it the "most noticeable luxury appointment," for the Azera. They did note, however, that the sound system "interface is a bit lacking."

The Premium Infinity® Logic7 surround sound audio system, offered exclusively in the Azera Limited, is an absolute monster, with 12 speakers including subwoofer and 605-watt digital amplifier and an in-dash six-disc CD changer - is different enough "to markedly change the character of the car" according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Additional Features

Hyundai does not offer navigation or Bluetooth for the Azera, which are both notable shortcomings for a car in this class. CNET calls this "a major oversight for a luxury play-and somewhat surprising, considering the abundance of electronics manufacturing in Asia." Auto reviewers from Forbes suggest buyers look elsewhere if they deeply prefer gadgets, noting that "the Azera eschews many of the latest high-tech features offered by the competition, such as laser-guided cruise control, adaptive headlamps, a back-up camera and the like."

Cargo

The Azera offers ample storage space, with 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and a large trunk with a fully finished inside, enclosed gooseneck hinges and a hydraulic strut lift lid. MSN finds the Azera trunk "spacious, with a wide opening,", and auto writers from New Car Test Drive agree, calling the Azera trunk space "near the head of this class". In agreement, the Chicago Tribune also notes that the "trunk is wide and deep" with a lid that "opens high for easy loading and unloading." In addition, some reviewers admired the interior storage compartments, such as the armrest with dual cupholders and storage, the overhead compartment for eyeglasses and a cell phone holder in front of the gearshift lever.

Review Last Updated: 5/5/08

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