2.0T, auto, "premium" trim
I have to say, the exterior is damn good looking in person, and the "pinched" front end is nowhere near as dramatic as in photos. Very handsome and sleek.
Inside was just as nice. The seats were supportive in every way I could want from factory seats, particularly at this price point, and were comfortable to boot. One of my favorite aspects of the interior was the steering wheel itself, as it was sized and shaped perfectly for me. Just a very natural feel behind the wheel. Materials were more than pleasant to live with, and everything felt properly put together. Also, visibility was great for a 2+2 coupe, and the rear quarter dips actually do help quite a bit in that regard.
My 6'0" brother was stuffed into the back seat (salesman was in the passenger seat) and while he had more than enough leg room, he was about 5" too close to the roof. For passengers ~5"9 or less, I'd imagine it would be perfectly comfortable.
Trunk space was much more than I expected, and the large trunk opening makes it actually usable too. The only downside is the use of the big "U" hinges, but regardless, it's plenty of space for a car of this type.
The ride was solid, but very smooth. Stayed flat during hard cornering and high-speed lane-changes on the highway, yet over the rough back roads it was perfectly comfortable. Steering was nicely weighted as well, not over boosted at all. I'm sure some might find it to be a little too heavy, but for me, it was great. Braking was firm and undramatic, more than adequate.
I went into it full expecting to be underwhelmed by the performance of the 2.0 mated with the auto, but really, it was more than enough to put a smile on my face. Throttle response was great, absolutely no lag from the low-boost turbo. Getting out on the highway was effortless, deceptively quick if anything. The manu-matic shifting was a bit sluggish, though not as much as a few others I have driven (such as the Lincoln MKS I drove the other week). The shifts themselves were handled nicely. I do have a gripe the wheel-mounted paddles, as you have to push them rather than pull, which is pretty unnatural with the way they're placed. The console shifter was definitely the way to go when using the manual selection. Engine note was enough to egg me on in the higher RPMs, but was perfectly civil when cruising.
To sum it up, this would undoubtedly be the car to buy, in Canada at least, for the money. I was looking at less than $30k sticker for a loaded 2.0T with the $1500 automatic, which is virtually unmatched here for the refinement, practicality, and sportiness that the 2.0 provides. Solidly recommended to take for a test drive, if not a purchase.
Well done, Hyundai [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
Modified by nickthaskater at 4:07 PM 2-22-2009