2015 Hyundai Sonata: Opinions on the Touchscreen Interface
March 3, 2015
Our 2015 Hyundai Sonata is equipped with the optional navigation system and 8-inch touchscreen display. A couple of my coworkers have written some updates on how they like the center stack control layout (here and here), so I thought I'd follow up with some specific commentary on the Sonata's latest touchscreen.
The touchscreen's menus and general operation are similar to the system we had in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. The screen has high-resolution graphics that result in crisp fonts, detailed maps and a useful view from the rearview camera. It responds quickly to your touch inputs and has hard buttons below the screen for shortcuts to the main system operations such as radio, media and navigation.
I noticed some differences with this latest system, though. The radio presets, for instance, are displayed in a left-hand column that shows six presets at a time. To get to the next set of six, you swipe your finger down or up. It originally took me a moment to figure out how that worked, but after that it's been easy to do. There also seems to be some new smartphone app integration functionality. I haven't used any of it yet, though, so I'll leave that topic for a future update.
There is one aspect I'm not fond of. Even with my outstretched right arm, the Sonata's screen is still positioned a few inches away from my fingertips. I have to stretch and/or lean forward to press or do anything on the touchscreen. I've talked to other drivers on our team who have driven the Sonata. They didn't notice anything about the screen being too far away, so it's likely that my proportionally long legs have me sitting further away from the dash.
Overall, though, this optional touchscreen upgrade in the Sonata is well done and seems to be a very worthwhile option to get in my opinion.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,822 miles