The Azera, or Grandeur, is one of those under appreciated cars in the family sedan segment that really deserve a lot more attention than what it’s getting. That is especially the case with the new, 2018 Hyundai Azera which is a thorough improvement over its predecessors.
The new Azera has all the good things that made previous generations of the car brilliant, i.e. spaciousness, quality, awesome features, and fantastic engines coupled with almost flawless ride and comfort. But it also addresses some of the issues that kept those old cars in the shadows, namely iffy design and less than savory handling. The 2018 Hyundai Azera looks grown up, sophisticated, and pretty luxurious. It also gets a sportier chassis and driving aids for a better drive and a range of good engines.
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Technology-wise, the 2018 Hyundai Azera features some tasty options such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and aorund view monitor camera system for a near-360-degree view around the vehicle using a multi-camera system. There is also blind spot detection and advanced cruise control, Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), 9 airbags, driver alert system and… The range is led by a 3.5 liter MPi V6 engine developing 290 PS, followed by 3.0 MPi with 250 PS, 3.0 GDi with 260 PS, and a 2.4 GDi four-cylinder boasting 190 PS. Standard across the range is an 8-speed automatic transmission with smart software.
Other highlights of the new Azera include a smart keyfob with which you can turn on the air con before entering the car, dual air con, Emory seats, two-tone interior, navigation and parking assist.