The Elantra grows up
Date Posted: July 3, 2016
By Zack Spencer
The Hyundai Elantra is a compact car with seating for 5-passengers with new interior technology and convenience features plus advanced safety features. This Korean company is building some very good cars.
Hyundai has been very successful with the Elantra and the latest model takes on a more chiseled look than the previous models. Hyundai is known for value and this latest car has many interior features, a solid engine and average handling to do the job. This car is also sold as a hatchback or GT model.
The Elantra comes with one engine offering. (All but one Elantra sedan model come with one engine), it is a 2.0L direct injected 4-cylinder with 147hp. This is about average in this class of vehicle.
The power goes to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or automatic, now CVT here. The latest car features a more solid platform to let the suspension do its work but there is no independent rear suspension, rather a torsion beam design that can feel a bit rough at times. (There is a 1.4L turbocharged model called Eco and this is matched with a 7-speed duel clutch transmission) The GT gets a 173hp from a 2.0L engine.
The Elantra is rated at 8.3L/100km (28 MPG) in the city and 6.4 (37 MPG) on the highway with equipped with the 2.0L engine and automatic transmission.
Hyundai has equipped this car with some nice updates and a refreshed interior, similar to its larger products. The cabin is also bigger but does suffer from the extensive use of harder plastic trim pieces. The centre 7-inch screen is not standard (but is offered on the base trim. The top model even gets an 8-inch screen with navigation). It is worth buying a car with the centre screen to access Android Auto and Apple Car play along with the back up camera. Heated seats are standard on all models. Leather seats are available along with a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
Safety comes from standard front, side and curtain airbags and standard stability and traction control. Advanced safety features like blind spot warning and cross traffic alert start on the middle trim but the most advanced safety features like forward collision warning and lane keep assist are kept for the top trim level.
The Elantra has moved from a pure value story to a mainstream pricing, starting at roughly $16,000 (US $17,000) and the most expensive models are roughly 29,000 (US $22,000)
This latest car is a bigger, almost mid-sized car with the latest in-dash technology and good but not spectacular fuel economy. The GT is a sportier take on this car with a practical hatchback design
The advanced safety systems are not offered on all models and the ride can be a bit harsh. Overall this is a solid update for a solid commuter car.
This latest car is a bigger, almost mid-sized car with the latest in-dash technology and good but not spectacular fuel economy