Hyundai Azera

Bit of salt and sugar

"The best part of Azera is its futuristic design in and out"

"The Azera is a sincere bargain in base model"

During a weekend in Beirut, I collected the Azera, which links the gap between the Sonata and Genesis sedan. It is loaded with features that show Hyundai’s obligation to elevating itself in the marketplace. There’s only one engine: a 293 hp, 3.3 liter V6 mated to a six speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode.

The 2015 Hyundai Azera has some surprises in store. Now entering its third year of production, the current Azera is enormously more stimulating than the previous model, a common Korean vessel that most of you have already disremembered.

In my evaluation, I found the Azera's front seats to be curiously reassuring for this segment, even featuring some sideways bolstering. I’m happy. The tilt-telescopic steering column has plenty of adjustability for a variety of driver sizes, and the gauges are electroluminescent for luxury-class precision.

Method has evidently undermined function on Azera's central control panel, but the various buttons are reasonably grouped. I adapted quickly. The whole console looks remarkably sharp and refined, so I can live with that wisdom curve. The material quality is what I'd consider somewhat premium, which means it's average-plus for this class but lacking in the Genesis.

The Azera's backseat legroom is vast, the bottom cushion is high and lush like a good easy chair, and headroom is satisfactory even for tall people, despite the inclined rear roofline.

Verdict
Azera is about relaxation and segregation from the exterior elements. Road and wind noise are insignificant, while the soft suspension filters out impacts from all but the bumpiest Lebanese roads. Less optimally, the steering feels insulated despite some claimed improvements for 2015, and there's a feel of body roll in some corners. The Azera is actually realistically nimble for a full-size sedan once you get used to it. Check your nearest dealership in the Middle East and GCC and get yourself a test drive to understand what I mean.

3.5 stars
One word: bridging 
Pros: smooth driving, quite cabin, detailed design 
Cons: lacks some high-tech features
Rivals: Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300S, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima

Specs 
Engine: 3.3 liter, V6 engine, 293 hp @ 6400, 346 Nm @ 5200
Transmission: 6 speed automatic, FWD
Performance: 0-100 kph: 6.3 sec, 10 L /100 km, Top speed: 240 kph
Weight: 1635 kg

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