The 2008 Hyundai Azera shows the Korean manufacturer coming of age with its flagship sedan. Quality continues to improve, but a few quibbles remain.
ConsumerGuide observes that headroom in the 2008 Azera "is ample despite a relatively high seating position, which combines with a lowish dashtop and large windows for fine all-around visibility." They go on to note that drivers can easily adjust their seating position "with a standard power seat, tilt and telescopic steering column, and Limited's optional power-adjustable pedals. The seats are nicely contoured for good overall support." Edmunds, though, says “one of our few complaints about the Hyundai's interior concerns the overly high seating position up front, which can be awkward for taller drivers with long torsos.”
Edmunds also approves of the overall feeling of quality, stating, "This Hyundai isn't just a hastily thrown-together collection of features--its high-quality interior materials, luxurious trappings and solid overall construction come together in a cohesive package that feels like the work of a true premium brand."
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2008 Hyundai Azera's "cabin materials are not quite to Lexus levels, but there are enough padded surfaces and carefully executed details present to belie Azera's price"; however, they mark the Azera down for its "coarse-surface tire thrum" and "wind rush [which] rises with speed."
ConsumerGuide also points out that the Limited's V-6 "emits [a] raspy growl at full throttle." Also, one test car's suspension reportedly made an occasional clunking noise. Edmunds disagrees: “Road noise is minimal even at high speeds, allowing for quiet conversations in the cabin,” they write.
Edmunds also refers to the 2008 Hyundai Azera’s "humongous Ikea-friendly trunk."
TheCarConnection.com drove the Hyundai Azera when it was brand-new, and little has changed in the past 18 months with the brand’s flagship (until the 2010 Hyundai Genesis arrives) sedan. The Azera has an impressive 44 inches of front-seat legroom and more than 38 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers--as much (or more) room than some traditional-brand luxury cars that can cost twice as much. The big size plays a role in its handling, which is characterized by light steering, lots of wheel motion, and plenty of body roll. It's how big cars used to handle, and while it's not sloppy, it's almost devoid of any sporting feel.