A Slightly Less Distinctive But Very Straightforward Control Layout - 2015 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term
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edited March 2015 in Hyundai
A Slightly Less Distinctive But Very Straightforward Control Layout - 2015 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test
The interior control layout in our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata is less distinctive than the setup in the previous Sonata, but its functionality and simplicity are undeniable.
This is one reason why, aesthetic issues aside, I like the tablet-on-the-dash as in the new Mazda3 and Mercedes CLA. It gives them more room down below for buttons and knobs, plus it keeps the screen in your line of sight.
The row of identical buttons just below the clock looks like a usability nightmare and I was worried about that when I bought the car. As it turns out, the buttons that are used frequently in that row are the first two or three on the driver side. Hyundai must have spent some time planning this order when they designed the layout. The row looks like it would be awful to use, but I have never found it to be a problem after the first week or so of ownership (would be tough as an unfamiliar rental). Most of those buttons duplicate functions that I find more convenient to access from the steering wheel or voice controls.
I'm glad you mentioned aesthetic issues in your comment about the tablet-on-the-dash. My brother just bought a Mazda3 (great car) and that tablet design couldn't be uglier or look more like an afterthought. If it becomes commonplace, I suppose it won't stand out as much.