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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid review: Guilt-free excellence

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Not everyone will love these looks.


Tim Stevens

How do you take a good-looking, practical, value-oriented family sedan and make it even better? You dial up the fuel economy. That’s just what we have here in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It takes the new Sonata, which we already know and love, slaps in a tech-forward hybrid powertrain and then caps it off with a fancy, solar roof.

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  • Compelling looks
  • Great array of safety tech standard
  • Strong fuel economy

Don’t Like

  • Those great looks are divisive
  • Solar roof only on Limited

The result? An impressive EPA fuel economy rating of 54 miles per gallon on the highway for the Blue trim, up 18 mpg from the sedan, all without any real negative repercussions — except for the $4,000 upcharge, of course.

Visually, little has changed from the standard 2020 Sonata sedan and in my book that’s a good thing. I appreciate that the chrome line running from each headlight all the way back past the rear doors will not be for everyone, but I’m a big fan of the car’s distinctive looks.

And if you don’t like brightwork, I’m sorry to say the Hybrid Limited comes standard with the base Sonata SE’s chrome grille. While this adds a fair bit of pop to the car’s forward presence, I do have a slight preference for the darker grille on the SEL and Limited non-Hybrid trims. Here, that grille has been augmented by active-aero flaps to reduce drag, while a petite spoiler sits on the rear deck and a unique set of 17-inch wheels bring this car to the ground.

All that helps the car earn a 0.24 drag coefficient, though none of it does much to set this car apart from its traditionally powered predecessor. Take a closer look at the Hybrid Limited’s roof and it’s a world of difference, though. Up there you’ll find a tidily integrated array of solar panels that have a delightful futuristic depth to them, like if you squinted hard enough you could see Kevin Flynn’s Lightcycle carving its way through the sun-catching circuitry.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The look of the solar roof is almost worth the Limited’s price of admission alone.


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Tron aspirations aside, this roof is said to add up to “a couple of miles” to the car’s range after a day sitting in the sun. I’m sorry to say I never saw an increase during my testing, but then again, the week I tested the car was in the midst of a particularly rainy, cloudy and generally miserable spring, so I won’t hold that against the Hyundai. Still, such charging could be ideal for long-term parking and the like, while really any external boost to the range is appreciated given this isn’t a plug-in.

And how does it feel on the road? The base Hyundai Sonata, with the 1.6-liter turbocharged I4, is torquey, smooth and, while far from sporty, definitely fun to drive. The Hybrid? More of the same. Here we have a 2.0-liter Smartstream I4 that produces 150 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. That’s mated to a sizable 56-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor, which bring 51 hp and 151 lb-ft to the party.

Hyundai says combined output is 192 hp and, while the company doesn’t quote a combined torque figure, it’s surely more than the 195 lb-ft from the non-hybrid car’s 1.6-liter I4. The Sonata Hybrid is strong off the line and throttle response is excellent, aided by a six-speed transmission that uses a new technology Hyundai calls Active Shift Control. Basically, the car monitors engine rotation speed and uses the electric motor to ensure the transmission speed matches. This makes up for the lack of a torque converter and, according to Hyundai, boosts shift speed by 30%.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Torque comes from here.


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I can’t say I was really rushing the transmission in my time with a Sonata Hybrid, but the shifts are indeed quick and smooth, though perhaps a bit less slick than the standard Sonata’s traditional, eight-speed slushbox. The brakes, too, are slightly more harsh, but I actually like that. The regen of this hybrid feels more like that you’d expect on a full EV. It’s well short of one-pedal driving, but it’s good to know you’re sending more juice into the battery and less into heating up the brake discs.

On the inside of the Limited, there are many great ways to use that juice thanks to a fully digital gauge cluster, a wide, 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with NFC pairing, wireless charging and a head-up display. Hyundai’s infotainment software is basic but functional, kindly offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, though sadly neither integrates with the navigation prompts on the HUD. When you’re away from your car, Hyundai’s smartphone app enables the usual suite of remote starting and pre-conditioning capabilities, though you can also remote-start the car directly from the key — when in range. Or, if you have an Android phone, you can just leave your physical key at home and use the Hyundai Digital Key.

The car’s interior has few disappointments, the cream dash and seats on my car pairing nicely with the dark blue interior and gratuitous chrome trim to create a bright feel that’s sadly rare in modern cars. The materials are nice, the 12-speaker Bose system on the Limited trim is strong and really the only concerns I had, which were minor, were with the single USB port for rear-seat occupants and an inability to fold the 60/40 rear seats down without first opening the trunk.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

No shortage of display space here.


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The tech continues through the driving, with a comprehensive suite of active safety systems standard on all Sonata Hybrids, including adaptive cruise control that’ll take you to a full stop, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention warnings and rear-seat occupancy reminders. Step up to the Limited trim — like you see here — and you get niceties like ventilated front seats, LED headlights and interior lighting and a 360-degree camera system.

And what about the most important aspect of the thing, the fuel economy? Well I’m sorry to say that I didn’t quite meet the EPA’s rating of 45 city, 51 highway and 47 combined. In my mixed driving, which was about 50/50 country and highway, I saw an average of 43.9 mpg. That’s despite a light foot and plenty of use of cruise control. But, again, my testing took place over some unseasonably cold weather. When my colleague Steven Ewing took a similarly equipped Limited for a 100-mile tour around Los Angeles, he saw 51.3 mpg.

Meanwhile, the Blue trim promises to do even better, with an EPA combined rating of 52 mpg. You’ll have to make do with a cloth interior, smaller infotainment screen and some other cuts, but you’ll save a lot of cash. The starting price on a 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue is $27,750, plus $975 for delivery. Step up to the SEL — which crucially adds heated seats and a few other niceties — and the price goes to $29,900. The full-fat Limited, the only trim with that trick solar roof, starts at $35,300.

It’s a substantial premium, but for everything on offer here and with the drive quality plus the look of the thing, it still feels like good value. For the record, the Sonata undercuts the top-shelf 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring, with its 48 mpg combined rating, by about $1,000.

It’s hard to go wrong in this ultra-competitive segment and indeed Hyundai’s latest does a lot of things right. It drives well, offers all the tech, delivers great economy and manages to looks fantastic while doing it. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid Limited is a superb choice and about as close to compromise- and guilt-free motoring as you’re going to get these days.

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Made In India App Photostat launched as an Alternative to Cam Scanner|Check How To Use?

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A major step was taken by the Indian government by banning Chinese apps in late June and once again some apps have been banned.

However, many Chinese apps were used by crores of users in India, who are looking for alternatives. One such popular app was CamScanner, with the help of which PDF files could be created by scanning them from the phone’s camera and shared as documents.

Now its best ‘Made in India’ option Photostat app has come.

Many such features are also being found in the new photostat app, which was not being given in cam scanners.

Offering a wide range of features, this app is considered to be the best ‘Made in India’ option for scanning documents. This app has been prepared by Sandeep Hudkasia’s team and it is completely safe. In this app, no watermark is visible on the documents and it is 100 percent free. This means that no ads in the app are shown to the user while using.

How To Use In Hindi?

  • Talking about other features, support of the Hindi language has also been provided in the app. Apart from this, you can also mark the required documents as favorites.
  • Also, the option of a one-click share has also been given in this app. Users can download this app from Google Play Store.
  • After giving basic storage and camera permissions this app only needs to point the camera at a document, after which it can be scanned and saved or shared in PDF format

Scanned documents can also be arranged in different folders in this app with a size of about 37 MB. It also has four color filters and the app has got ratings of over 4.8 on the Play Store.

Google launched “people cards” in India: How to make your people cards on Google?

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Google launched “people cards” in India : How to make your people cards on Google?

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Google today launched “people cards” in India to let individuals create their profiles on its search engine.

You may be wondering why we’re launching this feature in India first,” said Clark in a briefing. “We are always looking for new ways to make search more useful for people.
We found that there was some unique information needs to India that we could help serve first.”

Google has brought the convenience of people’s cards to mobile users. This means that you will need to log into your Google account on your mobile device to create your public profile.

The new feature that has been in testing in the country for a couple of years brings a virtual visiting cards-like experience to Google Search, where users can highlight their existing websites or social media profiles to detail their identity to the public.

In addition, the new experience is only available in English for now, although other languages ​​will be added.

How to make your people cards on Google

  • To create your people’s card, sign in to your Google account and search for “Add me to search”. Now you will get a prompt, “Add yourself to Google search”.
  • Tap on that prompt and you will then be asked to provide your phone number which will be verified through a six-digit unique code to begin the process.
  • Google Search allows you to create your own people’s card by searching for “add me to search”

Now, Google will provide you with a form to create your public profile.

By adding a brief description of your location as well as about you and your business.

You will get options to add details about your work, education, hometown, websites, and social media profiles.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now 

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PUBG Ban : Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India? Can It Be Banned in August 2020?

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PUBG has a different level of popularity among gamers. People can change their eating habits, can indulge in other entertainment activities but PUBG lovers can’t resist them by playing the game or so.

There are many versions of the game. Just after its launch, it got immense popularity around the world, especially in India.

When the Indian Government took action and banned some Chinese Apps due to the intense situation at Indo-China Border, Gamers were anxious that with Tiktok, Govt could ban PUBG too.

Just after this news, everybody started flooding the web with similar questions like Has PUBG banned in India, Can It Be Banned in the Near Future, and so on.

If you are also one of those PUBG lovers, Then this article might be a great help to you. 

Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India?

PUBG Mobile has been developed and is managed by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole, which is located in South Korea. After the initial success of the game, Tencent Games approached PUBG Corporation to distribute the game in China.

Soon after the game was a success in China, Tencent Games brought it to India.

PUBG Mobile: Fate in India

Recently, PUBG Mobile has also come under fire in India and it’s fate now hangs in the balance. The Ministry of IT and technology has just banned 47 more Chinese apps in India. These were banned on the grounds of lapses of data privacy.

Why PUBG is not banned in India yet?

  • PUBG says the data obtained from Indian users is stored on servers located in India. “Our servers are located in India.
  • Its support, engineering, and other teams located in offices around the world have access to the information of its users in some countries, but in the case of Indian players, it is located in India only.

After banning 59 Chinese apps last month, the Indian government has bought the hammer down on 47 more Chinese apps with 275 more in tow. 

The list of 275 apps includes PUBG Mobile too.

 

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