The cabin lacks that essential luxury feel and it is here that it really loses out to cars like the Honda Accord, with which the Sonata diesel is priced to go head-on. However, the Sonata rides far better than the Accord and feels more spacious inside too.
The Sonata rides is pretty absorbent at low speeds, it handles bumps with aplomb. With its long wheelbase and 60 profile rubber, the suspension is quite silent too. However at higher speeds, the suspension feels loose and though directional stability is decent even at speed, this is a car that almost shies away from corners. The steering may be hydraulic, but in a corner feels like soggy cardboard. The car rolls a lot on the soft suspension and generally is no fun to drive fast.