I'm doing some research on the 2016 Sonata Hybrid for a family member;
reviews are generally very positive, but a couple of them have been critical
of the brakes. For instance:
"Our only gripe, and the reason performance gets a nine rather than a 10, is
with the brakes. The regenerative braking system causes braking to feel soft
and delayed when compared with standard non-hybrid sedans of similar size.
This is a typical byproduct of electrified cars and one we find customers
could quickly adjust to; we simply felt it noticeable enough to mention."
"Yes, most of this hybrid?s operation is seamless. But those brakes are
terrible. Let?s start there. On the expressway, there?s a decent bite right
at the top of the stroke. Nothing happens for about 5 more inches, and then
the sedan finally grinds to halt. On the street there?s basically nothing,
until you get several inches in. I locked the tires up in the wet recently
trying to avoid a car that didn?t sneak up on me at all."
This second quote from autoweek.com is particularly concerning. I have to
wonder if there's inherently more risk with regenerative braking because of
the interaction between battery charging/braking and traditional hydraulic
braking? TIA for your thoughts.
- posted 4 years ago