Avg. Price Paid:$6,919 - $9,325
Original MSRP: $17,670 - $24,170
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2008 Hyundai Sonata Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Hyundai Sonata was new.

The Sonata's five-passenger interior cabin is both spacious and equipped with a surprising list of standard features. Automobile Magazine notes the cabin's "good design, with a well-laid-out dash, simple controls, and attractive materials," while BusinessWeek finds the interior is "so spacious that even though Sonata is a mid-size sedan, U.S. government size classifications would deem it a 'large car.'"


The front seat of the Sonata is seen by almost every test driver as pleasantly spacious, well laid-out, and comfortable. Cars.com reports that "greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar enhances the sensation of roominess," and that although "cushioning may be a tad short for full comfort," front passengers "enjoy good seat support" and "there's ample headroom, legroom and elbowroom in front." Consumer Guide adds, "Thin roof pillars, upright driving position contribute to excellent outward visibility." In the front cabin, interior dimensions include 40.1 inches. of headroom, 43.7 inches of legroom, 57.4 inches of shoulder room and 55.5 inches of hip room.

Reviewers experienced the backseat being just as spacious, albeit slightly stiffer. Cars.com explains, "Entry and exit is especially easy. The center rear seat is passable, and the outer rear spots are quite roomy, but their cushions are slightly hard." Consumer Guide observes that "wide door openings, expansive footwells ease entry/exit." In the rear cabin, interior dimensions include 38.2 inches of headroom, 37.4 inches of legroom, 56.9 inches of shoulder room and 55.3 inches of hip room.

Interior Features

Across the board, test drivers made note of the wide array of standard features found on the Sonata. According to Kelley Blue Book, "One of the Sonata's key selling points is its impressive equipment list." Auto writers at Motor Trend also note the car's interior quality, adding, "Just about everyone on our staff has commented on the quality of the Sonata's interior; high-end plastics, including the soft-touch dash, along with large, easy-to-operate controls for both the HVAC and radio."

Standard interior features on the 2008 Hyundai Sonata include non-CFC air conditioning, power windows, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo system.

Additional standard features for the Sonata Limited include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver seat, and an automatic temperature control/air quality system – which automatically re-circulates air within the cabin when high levels of outside pollutants are detected. While Edmunds found the heated seats to be "on the weak side" and cloth seats to be "more comfortable" than leather, Kelley Blue Book listed Sonata's Automatic Air Quality System as one of its "Favorite Features."


Every 2008 Hyundai Sonata offers 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space. "It's huge and swallows a bag of golf clubs like a Mafia hit man eating pasta," boasts Edmunds. Consumer Guide agrees, describing its trunk space as "ample," and paying particular attention to its "lockable, split folding rear seatbacks."

Review Last Updated: 7/31/08

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